Schedule of Events

Below is the most current version of the symposium schedule. Please direct questions to  All events are free and open to the public; for more information on venues, click the link here.

Schedule of Events

[Ongoing: Public Sculpture Installation, Evan Reed et al., Anthropocene Core Sample 1, 2 & 3, Healey Family Student Center]

[Ongoing: Digital Art Exhibition, In Nature’s Wake: Photographs by Garth Lenz and Victoria Sambunaris, organized by Mike Osborne, Healey Family Student Center]

Tuesday, March 24

11 am: In Nature’s Wake: Opening Remarks and Welcome Ceremony

Copley Formal Lounge

Carolyn Forché , Georgetown

            Nathan K. Hensley, Georgetown

            Native American Student Council, Georgetown

11:15 am: Winona LaDuke: “On Honoring the Earth”

Presentation / Discussion

Copley Formal Lounge

[Lunch on your own]

2:30 pm: Rebecca Solnit: “Hope is a Form of Resistance”

Introduction: Jennifer Natalya Fink, Georgetown

Talk / Reading, 25 minutes

Copley Formal Lounge

3:00 pm: Landscape and Ecocide

Artist presentations / conversation

Copley Formal Lounge

            Introduction: Mike Osborne, Georgetown

            Victoria Sambunaris: 20 minutes (artist presentation)

            Garth Lenz: 20 minutes (artist presentation)

            Rebecca Solnit, in conversation and public Q & A (20 minutes)

5:30 pm: Nature Poetry After Nature

Reading / Conversation

Copley Formal Lounge

Introduction: Mark McMorris & Carolyn Forche

            Juliana Spahr

            Robert Hass 

Following: Public Reception

[Dinner on your own]

Wednesday, March 25

10:30 am: How to Think in the Anthropocene

Position Papers / Roundtable Discussion co-Sponsored by the Modernities Working Group

Copley Formal Lounge

Moderator: Patricia Vieira, Georgetown

            Karen Pinkus, Cornell

            Jennifer James, George Washington

            Dana Luciano, Georgetown

            Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins

12:30 pm: Lunch Provided for Symposium Participants

[12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch and Breakout Session: To Map a World Not Yet Born. Led by Nina Sherburne, GU Fossil Free. Lunch served. Open to the public by RSVP only to

3:30 pm: What is to be Done?: A Roundtable on Action in the Current Crisis

Roundtable Conversation co-sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and Program in Justice and Peace

Copley Formal Lounge

Introduction and moderator: Randall Amster, Georgetown

            Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

            Chris Williams, author, Ecology and Socialism

            Rebecca Solnit, author and activist

            Robert Hass, poet

            Juliana Spahr, poet

5:30 pm: Reception for Symposium Participants and Invited Guests

7 pm: Lecture: Bill McKibben: “The End of Nature a Quarter Century After”

Gaston Hall

Following: Public Reception

Gaston Hall Foyer

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