April 2018 Events:

We are thrilled to welcome artist/biologist Brandon Ballengée for a residency at Ohio State, April 2nd – April 6.
Events with Brandon Ballengée:
April 3 (Tuesday): Marine Species Eco-Action and Vertebrate Specimen Preservation Workshop (contact Amy Youngs if interested in participating:
12 – 1:30 pm North Market, 2:30 – 4 pm Museum of Biodiversity 
April 4 (Wednesday): Praeter Naturam: Beyond Nature Artist
Talk, 4 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theatre
April 5 (Thursday):  Ohio Ecology on Tap & Crude Life Portable Museum Exhibition 6-8 pm, The Spacebar, 2590 N. High Street
April 6 (Friday): Art & Science Panel 12-2 pm, Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library
April 13, 2018:
Public Lecture: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, “Inventing the Holocene Norm: My Victorian Geology.” 168 Dulles Hall, April 13, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

February Events:

February 16, 2018

The Environmental Humanities Arts and Discovery Theme is helping co-sponsor a lecture with Affrilachan Poet, Crystal Good!


January 2018 Events:

January 25, 2018:


Join us for a screening of Byrd 1933 followed by a Q&A with Director/Filmmaker, Pamela Theodotou, Polar Curator for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program, Laura Kissel, and Geochemist, Melisa Diaz.

Byrd 1933 Press Release from Wexner Center for the Arts:

Culled from ten reels of 35mm film found in the papers of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and recently preserved by the National Film Preservation Foundation, Byrd 1933 is a glorious cinematic record of the famed explorer’s expeditions in 1928–30 and 1933–35. This unprecedented visual diary, shot by Paramount Studios cameramen, was largely a silent film with some short studio recreations. Through extensive archival research in Byrd’s own papers, filmmaker Pamela I. Theodotou has painstakingly cataloged film clips using the scripts for Byrd’s lectures, crafting a film that captures the expedition as a whole. Byrd’s own voice and the environmental and animal sounds of Antarctica originally recorded by scientists on the expedition can be heard in the film thanks to audio found in and adapted from Ohio State’s Byrd Papers archive.


A photographer, filmmaker and writer, artist Pamela I. Theodotou holds her Master of Fine Arts from CCAD, her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Denison University and a Law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Her photography and films have been exhibited in Europe and the USA and toured the festival circuit garnering prizes for her experimental style. Her screen writing has been recognized in national competition. Most recently she directed and produced Byrd 1933 which premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2015, produced through her documentary, narrative, and experimental production company NYXFILM.

Laura Kissel is the Polar Curator for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program (Polar Archives), a position she has held since 1996.  She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Kent State University.  While the Polar Archives holds hundreds of collections, the cornerstone of the repository is the Papers of Admiral Richard E. Byrd.  Laura’s primary responsibilities include assisting the many researchers and scholars who use the collections, as well as donor relations, exhibitions and other education and outreach activities.

Melisa Diaz is a Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University, affiliated with the School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. She has recently completed her second Antarctic season, this year at the Shackleton Glacier with 5 PIs from varying institutions, investigating how biological communities respond to the advance and retreat of glaciers.

Where: STEAM factory, 400 W. Rich Street, Columbus OH. Enter via the Blue Door

When: January 25, 2018. Doors Open at 6 p.m.; Film at 6:30 p.m.; Q&A at 7:45 p.m.

November 2017 Events:

November 3, 2017:

Join us for a special “Reading Room” event in collaboration with other Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes.

Participants should meet at the entrance of the 18th Ave Library to start with a Notice What You Notice walking mediation. The walking meditation will be followed by a discussion of the Introduction and two key terms (Entanglements and Risk) in the book Symptoms of the Planetary Condition, and the artistic productions of Brandon Ballengée.

October 2017 Events:

October 27, 2017Nicholas Mirzoeff (New York University, Department of Media, Culture, & Communication), Lecture: “Sinking, Sounding, Sunken, Falling: Anti-antiblackness and Earth System Crisis.” 3:00 p.m. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) 130.

September 2017 Events:

September 18, 2017. Winona LaDuke (Program Director of Honor the Earth). “Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion.” 7:00 p.m. Sullivant Hall 221.

April 2017 Events:


April 19-20, 2017. Professor Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Sociology and Director of the Citizen Sense Project).  Jennifer Gabrys

See the recent story in Vice about Gabrys’ Citizen Sense project here.  Her book, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computations Planet, came out with University of Minnesota Press in 2016.


April 3, 2017:  Imre Szeman (University of Alberta, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies & Professor of English).  Lecture and Graduate Workshop.  Time and place TBD. His forthcoming books include, On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, Energy: Selected Essays, 2001-2017 (to be published in 2018) and On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil (which he is completing for Fordham University Press).

Past Events 2017 – 2016

February 6-7, 2017: Bruce Braun (University of Minnesota, Department of Geography, Environment, & Society): “Fractured lives: geology and precarity in the North Dakota oil fields.” Lecture and workshop.  Co-sponsored by the Humanities Working Group on The Anthropocene.

February 2, 2017: The Problem of the Human. Research Commons. 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


January 19, 2017:  Jason W. Moore (SUNY-Binghamton).  Workshop on his essay, “The Capitalocene, Part I: On the Nature and Origins of Our Ecological Crisis.”

FALL 2016:

November 2, 2016: Anthropocene: The Movie.  Screening and discussion with director Stephen Bradshaw.  The Gateway Film Center, 7:00 p.m.  View more info about the event and the trailer here


December 1 2016:  Allen MacDuffie (University of Texas-Austin Department of English): “Energy, Ecology, and Breaking Bad’s Unsustainability.”  4:00 p.m.  Place TBA.  Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

December 2, 2016:  Workshop with Allen MacDuffie on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable and Breaking Bad.  10:00 a.m.  Place TBA. Co-sponsored with the Department of English.

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