Prior to Institute Please read Klingle, Matthew W. Emerald City : An Environmental History of Seattle. 2007. (sent to all participants prior to institute). Additionally review the background readings and consider any that you wish to read before arriving in Seattle.
Week 1 Origins and Dualities of City / Nature June 26-30
6/26 Monday: Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 12:00 pm: Welcome and introductions
- Heynen, N., Kaika, Maria, & Swyngedouw, E. “Chapter 2: Metabolic Urbanization: the making of Cyborg cities” in In the nature of cities: Urban political ecology and the politics of urban metabolism. pp 21-40.
- Prieto, Eric. “Place, Subjectivity, and the Humanist Tradition” in Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place. pp 17-36.
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Tour of Simpson Center for the Humanities with Dr. Kathleen Woodward, Director, and a few hot spots on campus
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Opening Reception and Dinner at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications Hall
6/27 Tuesday: Foundational Narratives
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar
- The Bible (Genesis 1-4; 6-11)
- Qu’ran (Sura 24)
- Kangwa, J., & Nadar, S. “Demythologizing for Ecological Justice: An African Eco-Feminist Reading of Genesis 1-3. “ Journal for the Study of Religion, 27(2), 270-296
- Reese, Tom, Wagner, Eric J., and Rasmussen, James. Introduction and Chapter 1 to Once & Future River : Reclaiming the Duwamish. pp. 2-17
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Communal dinner with Sarah Stroup and Ann Huppert
6/28 Wednesday: Western constructions of city / nature
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Sarah Stroup and Ann Huppert
- Varro, de Re Rustica. Book III, Section 16 (Bees and Politics): http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Varro/de_Re_Rustica/3*.html (The section begins “Well,” remarked Appius, “the third act of the husbandry of the steading is left — fishponds.”)
- Virgil, Georgics
- Book 2 lines 458 – 542 (Agriculture and Politics) http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/VirgilGeorgicsII.htm#anchor_Toc533843195 (This selection begins “O farmers, more than happy if they’ve realised their blessings…”)
- Book 4, lines 67 – 148 (Bees, Politics, and the Corycian Gardener) http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/VirgilGeorgicsIV.htm#anchor_Toc534524376 (This selection begins “But if on the other hand they’ve gone out to fight—)
- Juvenal, Satires 3 (Fleeing the City) http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/JuvenalSatires3.htm#anchor_Toc281039201
- Lucian, The Hall. (Building as Body; Building as Landscape) http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/wl4/wl403.htm
- Pearson, Caspar. “Beyond the City” in Humanism and the Urban World : Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City. pp 106-142.
1:30 – 4:30 pm: Excursions to Downtown Seattle
5:00- 7:00 pm: Happy Hour at Hotel 1000, Boka Restaurant and Bar, 1010 First Avenue, Seattle
- Kruckeberg, Arthur R. The Natural History of Puget Sound Country. Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book. pp 3-60, 349-422.
- Klingle, Matthew W. Emerald City : An Environmental History of Seattle. Lamar Series in Western History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.
6/29 Thursday: American nature and the city
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar
- Thoreau, Henry David. “Higher Laws” in The Ecological Design and Planning Reader. Edited by Ndubisi, Forster. pp 20-24.
- Marsh, George Perkins. “Man and Nature; or, Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action” in The Ecological Design and Planning Reader. Edited by Ndubisi, Forster. pp 25-32.
- Nash, Roderick, and Miller, Char. “Toward a Philosophy of Nature” in Wilderness and the American Mind. Fifth ed. pp 238-272.
6/30 Friday: Science, Water, and the Urban Environmental Humanities
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Linda Nash
- Nash, L. (2015). “Toxic Century: The Origins of Environmental Health” in Histoire de Sciences et des Savoirs, pp 144-65.
- Graham, Stephen, and Nigel Thrift. “Out of Order.” Theory, Culture & Society 24, no. 3 (2007): pp 1-25.
- Sellers, Chris. “Piping as poison: the Flint water crisis and America’s toxic infrastructure,” The Conversation.
- Olson, T. “The Science Behind the Flint Water Crisis: Corrosion of Pipes, Erosion of Trust,” Truthout.
12:30- 4:30 pm : Field trip to Brightwater Treatment Center
- Melosi, Martin V. The Sanitary City : Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial times to the Present. “Pure and Plentiful,” pp 73-89. “Subterranean Networks,” pp 90-99. “Water Supply as a National Issue” pp 213-234.
- Sollod, Ellen and Jann Rosen-Queralt and Buster Simpson. “Brightwater Art Concept”.
Week 2 Shaping Urban Environmental Humanities July 3-7
7/3 Monday: City/Nature Writing
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Jenny Price
- Price, Jenny. “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in Los Angeles” Parts 1 and 2, in the Believer.
- Sarah Kanouse, “Critical Day Trips: Tourism and Land-Based Practice,” pp. 43-56 in Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics, ed. Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson (Univ. California Press), 2015 (I don’t have a digital copy of this one)
- Cohen, Leah Hager. Glass, Paper, Beans : Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things.
- Royte, Elizabeth. Garbage Land : On the Secret Trail of Trash.
- LA Urban Rangers, Public Access 101: Downtown LA video http://www.laurbanrangers.org/site/content/public-access-101-downtown-la-2016-new-video
- LA Urban Rangers — Water Bar and LA River Geological Timeline, from LA River Ramble brochure.
- Lize Mogel– The Sludge Economy, Sight Lines http://www.publicgreen.com/projects.html
- Kennedy, Randy. “An Artist Who Calls the Sanitation Department Home,” New York Times, September 21, 2016.
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Lecture by Jenny Price, “Stop Saving the Planet: A Guide for 21st-Century Environmentalists,”
5:30-7:30 pm: Communal dinner with Jenny Price
7/4 Tuesday: OPEN DAY
6:00 – 10:00 pm: Picnic at Gasworks Park for 4th of July
7/5 Wednesday: City / Nature in the Anthropocene
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Eric Prieto
- Davis, Mike. Chapter 6 “Slum Ecology” in Planet of Slums.
- Brand, Stewart. Chapter 2, “City Planet” in Whole earth discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Lecture by Eric Prieto, “Informal Urbanism and the Hard Question of the Anthropocene.”
5:30 – 7:30: Communal dinner with Eric Prieto
7/6 Thursday: Technology and City/Nature 1
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar
- Morton, Timothy. Dark Ecology : For a Logic of Future Coexistence. “Beginning After the End” and “The First Thread.”
- Lokman, Kees. “Cyborg Landscapes: Choreographing Resilient Interactions between Infrastructure, Ecology, and Society.” Journal of Landscape Architecture.
- Gandy, Matthew. “Fears, Fantasies, and Floods:: The Inundation of London” in The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity and the Urban Imagination. pp 185-215.
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Lecture by Stephanie LeMenager “The Humanities in the Era of Climate Change.”
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Stephanie LeMenager
- LeMenager, S. “Introduction” and “Origins, Spills” in Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. pp 3-65.
- Ziser, M.G. “Home Again: Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the Aesthetics of Transition” in Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. pp 181-195.
11:30-1:00 pm: Lunch with Stephanie LeMenager
Week 3 Urban Environmental Humanities moving forward July 10-14
7/10 Monday: Race and Place in the City
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, David Pellow
- Gandy, Matthew. Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City. Urban and Industrial Environments. Cambridge. “Between Borinquen and the Barrio” and “Rustbelt Ecology.”
- Gaard, Greta. “Toward a Queer Ecofeminism.” Hypatia 12, no. 1 (1997): 114-37.
- Pellow, David N. “Toward a Critical Environmental Justice Studies: Black Lives Matter As An Environmental Justice Challenge-Corrigendum.”
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Lecture by David Pellow “Environmental Justice Studies in the Anthropocene.”
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Communal dinner with David Pellow
7/11 Tuesday: Technology and City/Nature II
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar
- Kiel, Roger., and Graham, John. “Reasserting Nature: constructing urban environments after Fordism” in Remaking Reality Nature at the Millennium. pp 98-124.
- O’Mara, M. “The Environmental Contradictions of High-Tech Urbanism” in NOW Urbanism: The Future City is Here. pp 26-42.
7/12 Wednesday: Indigeneity, Gastro-politics and the City.
9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Maria Elena Garcia
- García, María Elena. “The Taste of Conquest: Colonialism, Cosmopolitics, and the Dark Side of Peru’s Gastronomic Boom.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 18, no. 3 (2013). pp 505-524.
- Weismantel, Mary J. “City of Indians” in Cholas and Pishtacos : Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes. Women in Culture and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
- José Matos Mar. 2017. “A City of Outsiders.” In The Lima Reader: History, Culture, Politics, pp. 207-212. Durham: Duke University Press.
1:00 – 5:30 pm: Field trip to Duwamish longhouse and river/shoreline,
- Thrush, Coll-Peter, Coll. Thrush, and Cronon, William. “On the Cusp of Past and Future” and “Urban Renewal in Indian Territory” in Native Seattle : Histories from the Crossing-over Place.
7/13 Thursday: What did we learn?
9:00 – 12:30 pm: Participant Presentations
3:00 – 6:00 pm: Field trip downtown with David Williams
7/14 Friday: What did we learn?
9:00 – 11:30 am: Final discussion
3:30 – 5:30 pm: Tour of the Burke Museum
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Final Reception in Burke Museum