I am posting to share a snippet from a talk I delivered at the biannual ASLE conference last week.
I have previously posted about a conference I'm organizing at the University of Oregon entitled Food Justice: Community, Equity, Sustainability.
Having just returned from a trip to Los Angeles for the Modern Language Association convention, I decided to follow others' cues and post my presentation online.
In May of 2010, a Parisian art auction sold an Alexander Calder mobile entitled "Pour Vilar" (circa early 1950s) for 2.3 million euros, a record sale for a piece by the now famous American sculptor. I begin with this anecdote because it was the first news item to appear in my Google Chrome search today when I entered "minimalism" and "Calder."
One of the more perplexing questions asked of academics seems to be, "how did your current project originate?" In responding to this question recently, I realized that the answer was surprisingly clear.
An oil rig located about 200 miles west of the BP Deepwater Horizon site exploded today. The media has covered the explosion only cursorily, making brief mention of three points: (1) 13 workers on board the rig escaped safely; (2) The rig, owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Company, was about 150 feet shy of the depth subject to the Obama Administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling (which applies to wells located in 500-feet of water or deeper); and (3) Although the explosion has not yet resulted in an oil spill, the event no doubt strengthens environmentalist calls for an expanded ban on drilling.
I’ve had two quite different occasions this summer to think about collaboration in the Humanities. The first: a course I taught on blogging in July, which explored how writing, as a first-person and personal craft, is (and is not) changing in the era of social media and digital communities.
From February 19-21, 2011, an invitational conference will take place at the University of Oregon entitled "Food Justice, Security + Sustainability."