LAS Dean's Lecture
“Talking Trash: Waste, Sprawl, and the Future of the Seas”
Presented by Dr. Steven H. Corey, scholar of urban studies, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago
What can we do about the growing and hugely consequential problem of environment waste? Join Dean Deborah H. Holdstein for the Spring 2014 LAS Dean’s Lecture as she welcomes Dr. Steven H. Corey, who will provide a lively overview of issues surrounding the urbanization of the shore and our use of oceans as dumping grounds, despite laws, treaties, and contemporary environmental ethics to the contrary.
Roughly half of all the people on Earth live and work within one-hundred miles of a shoreline. As a result, our oceans have become waste sinks. Trash and other forms of solid waste are disposed in—or allowed to flow unabated into—estuaries, bays, rivers, and other waterways that lead to the sea. Over time, islands of garbage form in our oceans. One is estimated to be larger than Texas.
Dr. Corey will also list several scenarios for the future ecological health and environmental value of the seas, while suggesting possible solutions about how to mitigate the urbanization and contamination of coastal zones. A Q&A will follow Dr. Corey’s lecture, followed by a reception with food and refreshments.
Steven H. Corey, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. His areas of teaching and research include environmental and urban history and public policy. He coedited The American Urban Reader: History and Theory, and he is the coauthor of Garbage! The History of Politics and Trash in New York City. His forthcoming book is titled, American’s Urban History (Routledge).
When: Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.
Cost: This lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to Rebecca Flores by Monday, February 17 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.369.8217.
The LAS Dean's Lecture began in the Spring of 2009 as a forum for scholarly, creative, and intellectual voices both from within and outside of the Columbia College Chicago community. Here are the past speakers:
Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Professor in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia. His lecture, "The Daleys of Chicago: A Study in Political Power," examined the extraordinary rise of Chicago's most powerful political family.
Christie Hefner, former Chairwoman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Her lecture, "The Educated Citizen," addressed a variety of issues related to education, the importance of broad-based knowledge, and First Amendment rights.
Dr. Jeanne Petrolle, Associate Professor of English at Columbia. Her lecture, "Women, Creativity, and Madness,” explored the thin line between madness and creativity in women artists.
Jim DeRogatis, full-time lecturer in the Department of English. His lecture, "Meet the New Media ... Same As the Old Media?" addressed how the profound changes in media, and the ways in which we digitally communicate, have only enhanced the importance of good writing, reading a wide range of topics, careful editing, and critical thinking.
Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Humanities and Ethnomusicology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. Her lecture, "Hip-Hip, Honky-Tonk, and the American Dream,” examined how the power of popular music provides a foundation with which to analyze matters of race, class, religion, and patriotism in modern day America.
Allen M. Turner, Columbia’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Stephen Asma, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College. The two debated the future of morality and ethics in our dangerous and changing world in "Are There Morals in Morality?"
Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Her lecture, “Isn’t It Really Just About the Words?” addressed the role of visual rhetoric as it has worked with words to help all of us make meaning.
Peter S. Cook, Associate Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation. Cook’s lecture, "Performance Narrative in Storytelling," addressed his research on how the physicality of storytelling transcends Deaf and hearing storytellers and audiences. He also performed. Watch the lecture and performance on YouTube.
Dr. Laura Karpman, Emmy award-winner, music composer, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. In “Defying Boundaries: Being/Becoming a 21st Century Artist," Dr. Karpman shared her work and her thoughts on what it means to be a 21st Century artist. Watch the lecture on YouTube.
Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Directory of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English in the Department of English at New York University. Her Lecture, "What are the Digital Humanities?" examined the extraordinary opportunities—as well as a few challenges—in the digital humanities. Watch the lecture on YouTube.