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Apr
2
Thu
Elusive Conversations Philosophy & Environmental Governance Symposium @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – Apr 3 @ 7:45 pm
Elusive Conversations  Philosophy & Environmental Governance Symposium @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Elusive Conversations Symposium

hosted by MSU Philosophy & Environmental Governance

Two day symposium with three keynote speakers.

KEYNOTE  SPEAKERS

Deborah McGregor
York University’s Osgoode
Hall Law School

Christopher Preston
University of Montana

Andrew Light
George Mason University & World Resources Institute

The richness and diversity of contemporary environmental philosophy remains largely absent from the everyday dis- course and decision-making processes of
environmental governance. One reason for this is a sincere difficulty in translating the less tangible and measurable aspects of our environmental relationships into community practices and governing policies. More difficult still, the mechanisms of environmental decision-making have been historically structured
under the influence of latent environmental philosophies that are neither neutral nor equally welcoming to all considerations. The best plans too often produce the same impoverished results.

THIS SYMPOSIUM seeks to envision a richer and more inclusive environmental governance, proposing specific steps for how environmental philosophy can better engage current governance practices.

 

Apr
9
Thu
MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Kiva at Erickson Hall
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Kiva at Erickson Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

The Lecture will begin at 7 pm, however doors open at 6 pm.  The lecture will be livecast on the web and overflow rooms for visitors may be provided. A reception will immediately follow. A pop-up Book Sale table will be available to purchase works by Claudia Rankine.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-May 31, 2020.