Brown Bag Lunch: Ecoliteracy, the Anthropocene, and the Humanities

On Friday from 11:00-12:30, Dr. Barbara Eckstein will join us for a brown bag lunch in Smyth 102 (view map; see #23). The previous evening, Dr. Eckstein will deliver a public lecture titled, “The Anhinga and the Anthropocene: Ecoliteracy in Many Languages.” During the brown bag lunch, we will discuss how the humanities can intervene in the ecological crisis and contribute to the effort to foster sustainable cities. All interested faculty, including those from other area institutions, are encouraged to bring a lunch and join the discussion.

Public Lecture by Barbara Eckstein


Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:00 PM
Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Ballrooms C and D

The event is free and open to the public. The Alumni Campus Center is ADA accessible.

Dr. Eckstein is Professor of English and Director of General Education Literature at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Sustaining New Orleans:  Literature, Local Memory and The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox, and she edited (with James Throgmorton) Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities. She is also a co-director of the digital humanities project, The People’s Weather Map, which allows users to share narratives concerning their experiences relating with severe weather events.

This public lecture is sponsored by Loras College and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Connections Grant.

Image courtesy of Monikah Schuschu. Use governed by a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

Upcoming Workshop: High Impact Practices for Developing Ecoliteracy and Civic Action

We are pleased to announce that we will kick off the course development phase of our grant project with a pedagogy workshop, which is open to all area educators. If you have an interest in ecoliteracy and/or civic action, please join us. Register for free at Lunch is provided.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Loras College Academic Resource Center (ARC)

10:30 – 10:35 Welcome and Introduction
Jake Kurczek, Ph.D.
Loras College Civic Engagement Fellow
10:35 – 10:45 Overview of the Loras College General Education Sustainability Track
Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D.
Loras College NEH Project Co-Director
10:45 – 12:00 Keynote Address: Using High-Impact Activities to Encourage Student Ecoliteracy and Influence Longitudinal Community Change Towards Sustainability
Denise Mitten, Ph.D.
Prescott College, Graduate Program Coordinator and Chair of the Ph.D. in Sustainability Education & Adventure Education Master Program
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and continued discussion (provided)
1:00 – 2:00 Ecoliteracy and Civic Action
Emily Shields
Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact
2:00 – 3:00 Breakout Sessions

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