We have an exciting round up of events for the Fall and Spring semester. Please see here for a complete list of events for 2017-18.

Please join us on September 21st for our first event of the Fall semester, followed by an opening reception for the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar series.


Genres of the Anthropocene: On the Aesthetic Forms of Climate Change 

Monday, October 23 (9:30 am-5 pm) & Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (9:30am -11 am) | Healey Family Student Center

A daylong symposium, followed by morning seminar, that gathers poets and critics from a range of traditions to consider the relationship between genre and environmental disaster. Tragedy and comedy, lyric and epic, poetry, film, and the novel: what formal templates help us most to understand climate change, and its human causes and human effects, in geological time? Participants: Juliana Spahr (Mills), Christopher Nealon (Hopkins), Jennifer Chang (GWU), Mark McMorris (GU), Sonya Posmentier (NYU), and Anna Henchman (BU).

Bodies / Water: Knowledge and the Hydrosphere

Friday, November 3, 2017 | Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice

A daylong event featuring an interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists concerned with the changing face of water: themes include human and nonhuman assemblages; infrastructure and environmental change; temporality and memory; the politics of water and its pollution; acidification, plastics, eutrophication, and pipelines. Featuring a keynote lecture by Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and author of The Undersea Network (Duke University Press, 2015). Followed, on November 4, by the Georgetown Environmental History Graduate Conference, “Our World of Water: Histories of the Hydrosphere.”  

Watermark Film Screening | Friday, November 3 | 8 pm