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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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

Discussion Readings:

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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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

Discussion Readings:

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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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
  • LA Urban Rangers — Water Bar and LA River Geological Timeline, from LA River Ramble brochure.   
  • Lize Mogel– The Sludge Economy, Sight Lines
  • 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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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

Discussion Readings:

  • 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.”

7/7   Friday:

9:00 – 11:30 am: Seminar, Stephanie LeMenager

Discussion Readings:

  • 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