Field school events to feature ecology, art
Environmental change is slow and subtle and not evident to the naked eye, so Southern Illinois University-Carbondale leaders plan a free, eye-opening field trip to the Ohio-Tennessee Valley watershed Friday, Oct. 7, with lectures beforehand scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 6.
Specifically, three different campus organizations — The Global Media Research Center, School of Art and Design Art History Endowment and the Graduate Philosophy Union — will collaborate for the “field school” venture, which has space enough to accommodate 21 participants. Anyone can sign up regardless of status or major, including community residents.
At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Claire Pentecost, who studies nature and artificiality, will give a talk on art and ecology in the University Museum’s auditorium, with a reception following. Pentecost is professor and photography chair at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Brian Holmes and Alejandro Meitin will present “Who Designs the Landscape? Who Lives in It?,” in the Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. Holmes is a writer, critic and cartographer, while Meitin is an artist, attorney and environmental activist.
The all-day excursion Friday will examine how the Tennessee Valley Authority dam project controls flooding and delivers electricity to surrounding states. Participants will learn how the TVA has impacted the landscape and discover the region’s ecological challenges.
Interested parties can sign up for Friday’s trip by contacting Sarah Lewison, associate professor of radio, television and digital media, at firstname.lastname@example.org.