The Bucknell Humanities Center Programming Series for 2017-2018 will bring diverse humanistic perspectives to bear on the concept of sustainability. Invited lecturers will address the following questions:

  • What can the Humanities contribute to interdisciplinary reflection on sustainability, particularly as this concept has taken on new meaning and significance in the context of climate change and the Anthropocene?
  • Can the "environmental humanities" (history, philosophy, aesthetics, religious studies, literature, theater, film, media studies) produce new modes of knowledge necessary to guide global and local decision-makers?
  • How are humanists, in collaboration with other disciplines and communities, responding to the multi-faceted challenge of shaping a sustainable future?

Fall 2017

Joni Adamson

Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (BERT 213)

Joni AdamsonJoni Adamson, Professor of English at Arizona State University, gave a lecture entitled "Humanizing Sustainability: Piloting New Constellations of Practice in a Plural World."


Paul B. Thompson

Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (BERT 213)

Paul B. ThompsonPaul B. Thompson, Professor and W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics and a faculty member in the departments of Philosophy, Community Sustainability, and Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, gave a lecture entitled "Sustainability Paradigms."

In addition to this lecture, Prof. Thompson led a lunchtime discussion on “Food Ethics for Everyone."

Spring 2018

Carolyn M. Finney

Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m., Traditional Reading Room (BERT 213)

Carolyn FinneyCarolyn M. Finney, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, will be giving a lecture entitled "Empowering Sustainability."

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is a writer, performer and cultural geographer at the University of Kentucky. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m., Hildred-Mirza Hall, Great Room

Mierle Laderman UkelesMierle Laderman Ukeles is a New York City-based artist known for her pioneering work on “maintenance art”: performances and projects that highlight the unseen labor required to keep society functioning. Since the late 1960s, Ukeles’ performances, sculptural installations, and writing have explored issues profoundly important to society today: the role of women in society, cultures of work and labor, and urban and community resilience. Her MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART 1969! laid out the hidden, yet essential role of maintenance in Western society, and the radical implications of valuing rather than dismissing or hiding it. Perhaps best-known for her role as the official, unsalaried Artist-in-Residence at New York’s Department of Sanitation, Ukeles is also actively involved in the restoration and conversion of the massive Freshkills landfill outside New York City into a public park, a process that will take thirty years.