The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute presents The Entanglements Series:
James Syvitski and Stephanie Kane visit Indianapolis on April 12 for the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series. Entanglements brings together scientists, humanists, and artists to discuss “big questions” that affect all of us.
James Syvitski , Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System and the former Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, will join Stephanie Kane, ethnographer and ecologist of the IU School of Global and International Studies, in a conversation that will take us on a journey to answer one of humanity’s most pressing questions: “how do we (re)make our planet?”
Over the course of this evening, Syvitski and Kane will discuss climate change, environmental justice, and how the relationship between biology, society, culture, and technology determines the future of humanity. This will be an event that changes the way you think about your place in the world.
Professor James (Jai) Syvitski received doctorate degrees (Oceanography & Geological Science) from the University of British Columbia in 1978. James held various appointments within Canadian universities (1978-95) and while working as a Senior Research Scientist within the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1981-95). James was Director of INSTAAR – a University of Colorado Institute from 1995-2007, and presently holds CU faculty appointments in Geological Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Hydrological Sciences, and Geophysics. Professor Syvitski is presently Executive Director of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, an international effort in 68 countries to develop, support, and disseminate integrated computer models to the broader Geoscience community. Jai chaired ICSU’s International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (2011-16) which provided essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change. Professor Syvitski received the Royal Society of Canada 2009 Huntsman Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Marine Science, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and will accept the SEPM Francis Shepard Medal and an Honorary Doctor of Science in Sustainability from Newcastle University in 2016.
Professor Stephanie Kane received her doctorate degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Previously an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender Studies at IU Bloomington, Professor Kane is currently a Professor in the Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies. Stephanie is a cultural anthropologist and ecologist whose ethnographic work brings social science and humanities perspectives into the domains of science and technology. She researches, writes, and teaches about environmental and social justice with a focus on urban water issues. Her current work in the Port City Water Project focuses on urban water ecology, infrastructure, and culture in Latin America and Asia. Her recent scholarly writing has been published by Temple University Press (Where Rivers Meet the Sea: A Political Ecology of Water, 2012), as journal articles (in Human Organization, PoLAR: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology, Crime Media Culture, Journal of Folklore Research) and as chapters in edited volumes (Comparative Decision Making, Oxford; Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology). Kane also experiments with modes of visual representation that combine text with photography and drawing.