Facing Disasters

Facing Disasters: Disturbing the Human-Environment Relationship

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 4:00pm
Memorial Chapel and Zelnick Pavilion, 221 High Street, Middletown


College of the Environment Think Tank presents
a provocation / an invitation
Facing Disasters
Disturbing the Human-Environment Relationship

How do we face disasters? Sometimes we live through them, other times we experience them indirectly from a distance. How can we make such distances malleable? How can we transform ourselves from being passive observers to agents of change? How can we use our knowledge of disaster to motivate action?

In this multi-disciplinary event, College of the Environment Fellows, Wesleyan University students and alumni will explore these ideas and present commissioned works including dance, music, and paintings that engage with the 2017-18 College of the Environment Think Tank theme, "From Disruptions to Disasters."

The event will feature work by Andrew Barton; University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald EbrechtVaishvi Jhaveri ’18; Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston; Associate Professor of Dance, Environmental Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Chair of the Dance Department Katja Kolcio; Fisk Professor of Natural Science, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Integrative Sciences Ishita Mukerji; Assistant Professor of English and East Asian Studies Marguerite Nguyen; Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment Eiko OtakeOstin Pham '17; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environment Studies Helen Poulos; Paula Tartell ’18; Nora Thompson '15; and Shingo Umehara ’18.

Commissioned works include those by Melissa Joskow ’18, graduate music student James Falzone, Giorgia Peckman ’18, Danielle Krieger ’19, Shea Fitzpatrick ’18, and Will Freudenheim ’18.

Following the event from 4pm to 6:30pm, there will be a film screening of graduate music student Jordan Dykstra’s “No Going Back Before Present” from 7pm to 8pm.

Presented by the College of the Environment Think Tank with support from the Center for the Arts.

Photo by Helen Poulos.