thaisaThaisa Way is an urban landscape historian teaching and researching history, theory, and design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr Way’s scholarship has highlighted the role of designers, planners, and advocates in improving cities as places that foster human and environmental health. She is the author of Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design, and From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag. Dr. Way was co-editor of a collection of essays Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here (Routeledge, 2015). Dr. Way is the Executive Director of Urban@UW, a collaborative hub to bring researchers and teachers together to address the most complex urban challenges. Dr. Way serves as Chair and Senior Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies and was the 2015-2016 Garden Club of America Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. 

richRichard Watts is a literary scholar who approaches the texts and contexts of the former French colonies through the lens of the environmental humanities. His current project, tentatively titled Water Narratives: Global Environmental Change in the Francophone World, focuses on water in urban postcolonial contexts (Fort-de-France, Port-au-Prince, Dakar, Algiers, Ho-Chi-Minh City) and considers how the pollution, privatization, and manufactured scarcity of water are rapidly altering its previously stable symbolic value in literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production. He is the editor of a forthcoming special issue of Ecozon@ on French and francophone ecofiction and is co-chair of the Environmental Humanities research cluster at the University of Washington.

Ken Yocom, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. With academic training and extensive professional experience in wildlife ecology, landscape architecture, and urban design Ken provides a diverse collection of experiences and expertise in understanding urban ecological principles and practices. He is the author and contributor of numerous peer-reviewed articles, the co-author of Ecological Design (Bloomsbury, 2012) and a co-editor for NOW Urbanism (Routledge, 2015), a collection of essays that embrace the rich complexities of contemporary global cities while seeking opportunities to unleash the potential for the cities of the future.

Local & Visiting Speakers

Guest speakers will address humanist perspectives on the city/ nature discussion and current interests in urban nature as well as their willingness to engage with participants.

David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on environmental and social justice, race/class/gender and environmental conflict, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social change movements that confront our socioenvironmental crises and social inequality. He has volunteered for and served on the Boards of Directors of several community-based, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the living and working environments for people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and working class communities, including the Global Action Research Center, the Center for Urban Transformation, the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Global Response, Greenpeace USA, and International Rivers.

María Elena García is director of the Comparative History of Ideas and associate professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University. Her books including Making Indigenous Citizens: Identities, Development, and Multicultural Activism in Peru (Stanford, 2005) and Dancing Guinea Pigs and Other Tales of Race in Peru, that examines the intersections of race, species, and capital in contemporary Peru.

Ann C. Huppert is an associate professor in the Architecture Department, College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and is the author of Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy: Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassarre Peruzzi (Yale University Press, 2015). Her teaching has included the (Re)Building Rome 1400-1800 and The Architecture of Mediterranean Cities, 1300-1600.

Stephanie LeMenager, the Barbara And Carlisle Moore Professor Of English And Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, is the co-founder with Stephanie Foote (University of Illinois) of the environmental humanities journal Resilience. She has been an invited steering committee member in the Mellon-sponsored “Humanities for the Environment” (HfE) Observatory administered at Arizona State University. Her books Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century Oxford U Press, 2014), Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011) and her new book project, Weathering, focus on the ecological significance of the Humanities in the era of global climate change.

Linda Nash, the John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington, is a historian of the twentieth-century United States with a focus on environmental and cultural history. Her book, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge, explores the ways in which doctors, public health officials, engineers, and lay persons have understood the intertwined issues of environment, health, race, and disease in one particular place from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. She teaches courses on environmental history as well as urban and science history.

Jenny Price is a writer, public artist, and historian who focuses on U.S. environmental topics, with a focus on urban nature, the culture of environmentalism, and public space. She is a 2016-17 Tauber Foundation Fellow with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University-St. Louis. Her books include “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.” and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America. She has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, and has taught at UCLA, USC, and Princeton University. Other distinctions include a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEH Fellow, a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Barron Visiting Professor in Environment and the Humanities, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies, and Atelier Program guest artist at Princeton University. She is working on a new book, Stop Saving the Planet!: A 12-Step Guide for 21st-Century Environmentalists.

Sarah Culpepper Stroup, associate professor, University of Washington, in the Department of Classics, is a faculty member in the programs of Jewish Studies, Comparative Religion, and Theory and Criticism. Dr. Stroup earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, with specializations in literature, philosophy, and archaeology. Her research interests include Roman social and textual history and the interactions between Jews, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient world. She teaches on daily life in Ancient Rome as well as ideas about the urban and suburban landscapes.

Eric Prieto, focuses primarily on the contemporary period. His areas of interest include music and literature, French and Francophone literature, postcolonial studies, spatial studies, ecocriticism, and Beckett. He is the author of Listening In: Music, Mind, and the Modernist Narrative and of Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013).