Calendar of Events

Past events

The Engineered Worlds Conference 
October 2-3, 2015. 
University of Chicago

Thinking across carbon, plastics, synthetic chemical, and nuclear economies, this conference brought together interdisciplinary scholars working on the co-production of society and nature today. A core undertaking of this ongoing Neubauer Collegium initiative is to contemplate the kind of social theory needed to evaluate planetary scale ecological changes that have differential effects for both populations and localities. Audio files of the conference can be found on the conference web page

Seeing Through Data
June 4, 2015

Professor Laura Kurgan talked about recent projects at a range of scales and with a range of media.  Her work makes the case that architecture and data are crucially linked in the 21st century, and that, in order to catalyze responsible change, both must remain engaged in policy and civic debates and maintain a vigilantly critical relation to data visualization and representation.

Gardening in the Human Park: Earth in the Anthropocene
April 29, 2015
Michael Light is an internationally celebrated landscape photographer, who has a longstanding project to document the physical transformation of the American West. This talk will considered his wide-ranging work photographing industrial impacts on the surface of the Earth, and introduced his new book, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain.