[Msa-discuss] Upcoming Symposium on Sustainable Modernities

Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity pcsm at umd.edu
Fri Mar 28 16:53:13 EDT 2014


The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity will be hosting its fourth symposium this spring. The event is free and open to the public.

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SUSTAINABLE MODERNITIES
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity is pleased to announce its spring symposium, Sustainable Modernities.

Sustainable Modernities brings together scholars from several different disciplines to speak about the relationship between modernity and sustainability.  Each speaker, drawing on his or her own research, will speak to the following question: is modernity inherently hostile to sustainability or not? Such a question deliberately raises the prospect of multiple “modernities,” about which speakers will offer critical analysis. Although modern societies have often disregarded the environmental impacts of their endeavors, modernity has also made possible ideas about ecology, environmental justice, and sustainable human existence.  By considering examples of environmental activism generated within (or against) industrial society, the symposium will ask which of these serve as credible and practical models of sustainability around the world now.

Speakers will include Warren T. Byrd, Jr., Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Virginia and Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Landscape Architects; Dana R. Fisher, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Maryland and Director of The Program on Society and the Environment; Linda Monahan, Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, The College of William and Mary; and Paul Outka, Associate Professor, English, University of Kansas and Immediate Past President, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Chair: Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies, The College of William and Mary

Read more about the symposium here: http://thepotomaccenter.org/symposia/upcoming-spring-symposium-2014

If you plan to attend the symposium, please help us with planning by submitting an RSVP:
http://thepotomaccenter.org/symposia/upcoming-spring-symposium-2014/rsvp-sustainable-modernities


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THE POTOMAC CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF MODERNITY:

The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity promotes the scholarly understanding of human experience since about 1850. Based in Washington, DC and founded in 2012, the Center aims specifically to build a robust conversation across the boundaries separating scholars in history, the humanities, and social sciences. Read more about the Potomac Center here: http://thepotomaccenter.org/

The Potomac Center also distributes a weekly list of events in the Washington-Baltimore Area related to the study of modernity. Sign up to receive the listing here: http://thepotomaccenter.org/mailing_list
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