Larry McNeil, Xhe Dhé & Da-ka-xeen Mehner

Sep 28 – Dec 5, 2010

Join us for the Artists’ Lecture & Reception
Oct 27 @ 6pm

The exhibition features new works by Larry McNeil and Da-ka-xeen Mehner to explore ideas that inform our times.  Rooted in ancestral and personal histories the artists use photography to reflect upon global climate change.  McNeil’s latest works and current project examine power plants and coal mines across the US, while Mehner considers his personal experiences living alongside the Trans-Alaskan pipeline.

McNeil and Mehner come from Dakl’aweidi Kéet Gooshi Hít, the Killerwhale Fin House in Klukwan, Alaska, which is one of the oldest traditional longhouses on the Northwest Coast. McNeil is Mehner’s maternal uncle, which carries a special significance in the Tlingit culture. McNeil has won numerous awards and Fellowships, including the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award, the prestigious Eiteljorg Fellowship and just recently, an Arts and Humanities Fellowship from Boise State University where he is a Professor of Photography. Mehner is a photographer, installation and multi-media artist, currently teaching at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Conference Proposal Workshop / ASLE Prep

Wednesday 20 October, 3:10-4:00pm

DHI Seminar Room, 228 Voorhies

Curious about how to write a successful conference proposal?  Have a proposal deadline and want a second opinion on your draft?  Interested in what goes on at the biannual ASLE conference (this year in Bloomington)?

Bring your drafts, the proposal you are responding to, or just your inquiring mind and join fellow grad students over coffee as we all prep for upcoming engagements beyond the university walls….

Hosted by M. Ziser

Envisioning the Environmental Humanities: A conversation about what the humanities can teach us about the natural world

Julie Sze, American Studies
Louis Warren
, History 
Mike Ziser
, English

We will meet at noon in the Andrews Conference Room, SS&H 2203. Feel free to bring a lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

Conference:“California, the University, and the Environment”conference poster

Date: May 7-8, 2009

Location: Buehler Alumni Center, University of California, Davis

California universities have long played a major role in imagining and managing their nearby environments, from the development of irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley to the incubation of the environmental movement. This multi-disciplinary conference brought together scholars from across the region to examine the many ways that university researchers, communities, campuses, and systems have helped physically and ideologically reshape the California environment into the complex political and cultural entity it is today. As a whole, the conference attempted to assess the historical impact of the universities on the California environment as well as to draw lessons leading to more thoughtful impacts in the future. Webcasts of all presentations are now available on the conference website.[conference website]

Brownbag Presentation

James Smith, “That Which You Have Eaten: Towards an Anthropology of the Digital Age in the Eastern DR Congo and Beyond”

Date:  Friday, April 24

Time: 12-1:30pm

Location: DHI Conference Room (228 Voorhies)

UCD Anthropology professor James Smith discuss his recent work on the social-cultural and politcal-economic consequences of coltan mining in the Eastern DR Congo.  (Coltan is a silicate used in all digital technologies; most of the world’s suppy is in the DR Congo, and the war that has waged there intermittently since 1996 has been fought, in no small part, over control of this substance.)  Come hear about the material underbelly of the digital age,  in particular the connection between digital age disembodiment and the highly embodied experience of war, incarceration, extraction, and deforestation in the DR Congo.

no pre-circulated draft; bring your lunch; bring a friend