Humanities & Science Exchanges
Human-Subject Interconnectivity: Wild Animals and Research Ethics
Date: Thursday, April 15th
Time: 5pm-6pm Central Time
Zoom Webinar | Free & Open to the public.
This event marks the launch of a new, occasional series, "Humanities-Science Exchanges," at the Glasscock Center. The aim of the series is to encourage connection and collaboration between the humanistic and scientific disciplines. These events invite scholars to engage with the same topic - from their own fields or interdisciplinary perspectives - in the spirit of exchanging ideas and opening up to a variety of approaches.
Our first exchange focuses on the relationship researchers have with their nonhuman subjects. What are the ethics of our field methods? How do we decide our field methods? What do we consider before going out into the field? How do we view our relationships with our subjects and the surrounding ecosystem? Alexandra Sacco and Victoria Green will discuss these questions and how they pertain to their corresponding fields of research.
PhD Student, Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
PhD Student, Department of Biological Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis
Dr. Emily Brady
Director, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research
Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
"Noise in the Anthropocene” Conference
May 17-18, 2021
The concept of Anthropocene, popularized in 2000 by Paul Crutzen (Nobel laureate in Chemistry, 1995), has been an influential framework to understand environmental issues as symptoms of a new geological epoch – a period fundamentally marked by the material presence of human beings on Earth. Commonly mentioned issues related to the Anthropocene include changes in the water cycle, acidiﬁcation of oceans, and extreme meteorological phenomena. Noise, on the other hand, is only rarely mentioned. In a 2011 report, the World Health Organization/Europe announced that the disease burden caused by environmental noise was second only to air pollution. According to the study, at least one million healthy life years were lost every year from trafﬁc-related noise in western Europe. But noise pollution affects other living organisms as well: the dramatic increase in transportation networks and natural resource extraction makes noise a problem of planetary proportions. Grinding away (day and night through air, land, and sea), transportation and resource extraction make up the soundscape of the Anthropocene.
This virtual seminar brings together artists and scholars from diverse academic fields to highlight how noise can provide a dynamic, polyphonic, and multi-species understanding of our environment.
Organizers: The seminar was organized by Dr. Leonardo Cardoso (Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University), with co-organizer Dr. Ana Širović (Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University Galveston). Please contact Dr. Cardoso if you wish to learn more about this event.
Noise in the Anthropocene is sponsored by a Glasscock Symposium and Small Conference grant.
Day 1: May 17, 2021
10 am−12 pm (CST): On Land
"Too much noise goin' on": Listening to the World Soundscape Project’s Vancouver archive
Jonathan Prior (Cardiff University)
Atmospheric Listening: From Noise Pollution to Climate Change
Marina Peterson (University of Texas at Austin)
Analysis of Wind Farm Noise in the Xavier Community, Western Coastline of Ceará State, Brazil
Adryane Gorayeb (Federal University of Ceará), Christian Brannstrom (Texas A&M University), Lígia de Nazaré Aguiar Silva, and Nicolly dos Santos Leite (Federal University of Ceará)
1 pm−3 pm (CST): On Sea
Ocean ambient sound trends across the northern hemisphere
Ana Širović (Texas A&M University Galveston)
Sonic mutations and logistics on the Tejo Estuary
Margarida Mendes (Goldsmiths University of London)
Are diving birds tuning in to the underwater soundscape?
Magnus Wahlberg (University of Southern Denmark)
Day 2: May 18, 2021
10 am−12 pm (CST): Hidden Sounds
The ecological significance of the noise
Almo Farina (Urbino University)
Ecological cadences: the city as a sonic refugium
Sandra Jasper (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Marcus Meader (Zurich University of the Arts)
In 2020/2021, HLSS is partnering with Rice University’s Center for Environmental Studies. We have invited them to our virtual events, and we are encouraged to attend “Planet Now!” a series of virtual lectures and conversations on such topics as: sustainable design, climate justice, Green New Deals, and ecologies of the Global South.
Communicating the New Climate Regime: Confronting the Coming Barbarism
February 20-21, 2020
Memorial Student Center, 2400
Contact: Dr. Nathan Crick
Film screening of Fughe e Approdi (Return to Aeolian Islands, dir. Giovanna Taviani, 2010, with English subtitles)
Sunday, February 9th, 6:00-9:00pm
Geren Auditorium (ARCB 101, Langford Building)
Dr. Elena Past (Wayne State University), “Aeolian Archives: Volcanic Ecocinema in the Mediterranean Sea”
Monday, February 10th, 3:30-5:00pm
Dr. Past is the author of: Italian Ecocinema. Beyond the Human (2019), and co-editor of: Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies (2018) and Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (2014).
These two events have been organized by Dr. Fabiana Cecchini and are co-sponsored with the Department of International Studies.
Virtual Earth Month 2021
The Office of Sustainability is excited to host their annual, second virtual, Earth Day celebration! They've have partnered with campus departments, community partners, student organizations, and campuses across Texas to bring Earth Day directly to your screens! TAMU faculty, staff, and students have created live virtual events to enhance your sustainability knowledge and this year, they're throwing in some big-ticket giveaways. They have partnered with the School of Innovation and students can also earn MaroonBase points by attending our events. Review complete prize rules here.
TAMU Virtual Earth Month 2021 Schedule
April 12, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Sustainability Awards Program
- Presenters: Jesse Carswell, Sustainability Operations Coordinator; Ben Kalscheur, Sustainability Assistant Manager; Kelly Wellman, Sustainability Director
- Summary: The Office of Sustainability will provide a brief update on campus sustainability and present the Annual Campus Sustainability Champion Awards.
- Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi2wkVgpdvQ
April 13, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Cost and Burden of Environmental Justice
- Presenters: Catherine Rosas & Renee Oswalt, TAMU Sustainability Interns
- Summary: The economic and social impact of environmental injustice. Exploring modern examples of the disproportionate exposure of environmental risks to marginalized communities. This talk will explore the question, to what extent are these exposures of environmental risks accidental or intentional?
- Zoom link:https://tamu.zoom.us/j/98018423825?pwd=cXNjb3AvSFFNUXMxRDN1blUrWlB4dz09
- Meeting ID: 980 1842 3825
- Passcode: 790959
April 14, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
TAMU Transportation Transformation
- Presenters: Jamie Loasby & Manasa Bhaskara, TAMU Sustainability Interns; Jeff Puckett
- Summary: This conversation will cover how public transportation at TAMU affects the environment both on and off campus. After an overview of transportation on campus, a discussion about micro mobility, bikes, and the impacts of COVID-19 with TAMU’s Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator will conclude the session.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/98238214693?pwd=UzgzSFQwRHRFaG9QMWVrYWkxM3JVdz09
- Meeting ID: 982 3821 4693
- Passcode: 361035
April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
TAMU Sustainability Master Plan Panel
- Presenters: Dr. Carol Binzer, Director – Residence Life; Jason Mastrogiovanni, Executive Director - Office for Student Success; David Riddle, Regional Vice President – Chartwells; Jim Riley, Executive Director – Utilities & Energy Services; Panel Moderator: Kelly Wellman, Sustainability Director, Office of Sustainability
- Summary: Campus stakeholders will provide updates regarding how their respective units are achieving the goals of the Sustainability Master Plan.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/93714461779?pwd=QzJDSzZ2VXVnMHVzVDFWcCsyalNiZz09
- Meeting ID: 937 1446 1779
- Passcode: 359284
April 16, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Social Sustainability: How Cultures Influence Each Other
- Presenters: Nikki Lim & Kathia Rivas TAMU Sustainability Interns
- Summary: Social sustainability is about building communities that are diverse, equitable, and that promote wellbeing. This includes learning about and preserving different cultures. In this presentation, we will explore the relationship between culture and sustainability, and how countries can learn from each other to create more progressive communities. We will also examine appropriation and its effects on social sustainability.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/98350431841?pwd=NzNnQmdDd3FmTnhnTVRPRGtBUE1wQT09
- Meeting ID: 983 5043 1841
- Passcode: 822236
April 19, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Fair Trade: How can Chocolate or a Cup of Tea Help Fight Global Injustice?
- Presenters: Stephanie Denson, District Marketing Manager for Chartwells Higher Education Services, Texas A&M Region; Yadira Hernandez, Sustainability Marketing Graduate Intern
- Summary: Fair Trade. Two small words that can make a world of difference. Fair Trade is a global movement towards a more sustainable way of making products that gives a voice to farmers and workers by providing fair prices, equal opportunities, and so much more! Come find out how TAMU is a Fair Trade Campus and learn how everyday products can make a change for a more just and fair world. #SealTheDeal #FairTradeDifference
- Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96366994928?pwd=UndsZUN2RzJtWENQRzZzNVlKbUZTdz09
- Meeting ID: 963 6699 4928
- Passcode: earth
April 20, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Was the Free-Market Worth Freezing?
- Presenters: Jaedyn Medrano & Savannah Bogard, TAMU Sustainability Interns
- Summary: In our presentation we will be discussing the complex socio-political relationships behind the Texas Power Grid Failure. Our discussion will cover the policies that created the modern Texas Energy Grid, the connections behind the extreme weather event and climate change, and the institutionalization of environmental racism/injustice in today's society. We will be highlighting the negative impacts that this event had on the environment and lower income communities in the state of Texas.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97078045590?pwd=bDZqVUVQMUVQUllxVkNrZ3d5VHY4dz09
- Meeting ID: 970 7804 5590
- Passcode: 674231
April 21, 5:00 p.m. -
Ethical Implications of the Renewable Energy Transition
- Presenters: Yasmin Safian & Neeki Mostoufi, TAMU Sustainability Interns
- Summary: This talk will explore the reception and ethics of the transition to renewable energy across various aspects. Place identity, local and global environmental concerns, and more will be examined.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/99989404659?pwd=K3lpc3JOKzROZXlQTzJ0OTB0amNxUT09
- Meeting ID: 999 8940 4659
- Passcode: 533137
April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Creating Change as an Individual in 2021
- Speaker: Shelbi Orme, Environmental Activist, Educator, and Social Media Influencer
- Bio: Shelbi is an environmental activist & educator who uses her platforms of 300,000+ followers to share how individuals can take action and make changes in their life to live more sustainably. Shelbi is a former student of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies as well as a former intern with the Office of Sustainability. She has been living a zero waste lifestyle for over 5 years and has helped dozens of brands & communities align their eco-conscious values with their actions.
- Summary: Living a sustainable lifestyle has become something of a trend in recent years which has led to wonderful achievements for our planet! As a result, so many of us are becoming aware of the broader issues we face as a society and are ready to use our voices and power as consumers to make a change. This presentation will cover my top 3 actionable steps you can implement today to enact change in your community and around the world to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/96072634992?pwd=bmJRY0dGVjlzZWMzQldiRDdKTUtrUT09
- Meeting ID: 960 7263 4992
- Passcode: 862327
April 23, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Exploring the Sustainability of Cryptocurrency and Textiles
- Presenters: Madison Saenz & Francesco Previto, TAMU Sustainability Interns
- Summary: This talk will examine the often unseen environmental, economic, and social impacts associated with Bitcoin and the textile industries. Most conversations around Bitcoin focus on its value and validity, but further discussion is needed around the sustainability of digital currencies. The sustainability of the textile will also be further examined. Overall, we want participants to be more conscious of these everyday industries that might not be as obviously unsustainable or sustainable such as the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries.
- Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/95446680303?pwd=WUVXSHB1RmJOSHhxWThIaVhVeU84dz09
- Meeting ID: 954 4668 0303
- Passcode: 653877
April 19 - 23
- Summary: The Office of Sustainability has partnered with campus departments, community partners, student organizations, to showcase the variety of ways our campus and community engage with sustainability.
April 12 – 23
Campus Sustainability Video Tour
- Summary: There are 12 locations around campus with QR codes linking to a short video tour and questionnaire about that location. If you watch the video and answer the short questionnaire, you will earn one point for the prize drawing. Points are available for every stop on the tour, so up to 12 points are available. If you are not physically on campus, you can still participate from home, just watch the videos and fill out the form. Locations and links to the videos and questionnaire are below. Click each link to visit on campus locations.
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP)
- Department of Multicultural Services
- Howdy Farm
- Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB)
- Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB)
- Langford Living Green Wall and Green Roof
- Memorial Student Center (MSC)
- Rec Center
- The Gardens
- Transportation (at the Bus hub outside of the MSC)
- YMCA Building
- Zachry Engineering Building
April 12 – 23
The Howdy Farm Compost Drop-Off
- Summary: This is an opportunity to drop off compost to the Howdy Farm’s outdoor compost bin during Virtual Earth Month (VEM). With every compost drop off you have the opportunity to earn 1 point towards VEM prizes. To participate, please leave compostable items in the designated area and scan the QR code. At the compost bins, there will be a QR code easily visible that once scanned leads to a form to fill out for you to receive your VEM point. The location of Howdy Farm can be found by putting the following address into google: Howdy Farm Rd. College Station, Tx 77845.
- Descriptive Directions: You can find Howdy Farm in the West Campus of Texas A&M University, directly behind the Horticulture and Forestry Sciences building. If you're heading west on University take a left on Adriance Lab Road, then take your next left, and then your next right and we are located by the greenhouses. In the image below, the green dot shows the location of the compost bins.
- What Can I Compost?
- Vegetable and fruit scraps
- Coffee grounds
- Corn stalks
- Citrus and melon rinds
- Dead flowers
Virtual Campus Sustainability Month
Organized by the TAMU Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability student interns, campus stakeholders, faculty, and state partners will give 20-minute TED-talk style virtual presentations to teach you more about sustainability grand challenges and everyday actions.
One of our favorite things about Campus Sustainability Month is our giveaways. We may be virtual, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reward you for joining us. Attend two of our virtual events to get a water bottle, three to get a t-shirt, and five to get both, while supplies last!
A full program of TAMU events and giveaway guidelines can be found here:
Additional events from our state partners and TRACS are here: https://texascampussustainability.com/tracs-campus-sustainability-month-virtual-events/
All events will be live on Zoom, unless noted. If unable to join live, recordings will be made available with links updated on the full TAMU program above.
Join the Texas A&M Office of Sustainability all October from the safety of your own homes so you don’t pass it back!
Coastal Communities and Justice
As part of the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, climate change, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. We are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to present this series.
Seadrift (2019) film screening
Directed by Tim Tsai and winner of numerous awards, including the 2019 Texas Visionary Award and Best Documentary feature at the Indie and Foreign Film Festival 2019.
“In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S. Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.”
Thursday, October 22, 5:00-6.30pm Seadrift film: Discussion and Q&A with Directors
Event Flyer (pdf)
Chair: Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Tim Tsai, Seadrift Director
Thao Ha, Seadrift Associate Director and Professor of Sociology, MiraCosta College
Friday, October 30, 12:00-1:30pm Coastal Communities and Justice Roundtable
Event Flyer (pdf)
Chair: Michelle Meyer (Director, Hazard and Reduction Recovery Center, Texas A&M)
Deidra D. Davis (Landscape and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)
Clare Palmer (Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Carlee Purdum (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M)
Joy Semien (Urban and Regional Science/HRRC, Texas A&M)
Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:30pm
“Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast”
Event Flyer (pdf)
Leslie Mabon (Marine Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands)
Chair: Emily Brady
Dr. Mabon's talk will be based on this recently published paper.
These events are presented by the Glasscock Center's Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative and the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University.
Oceanic Humanities Symposium
November 7-8, 2019
In tandem with urgent calls for the protection of oceans, seas, and coastal communities from the effects of global warming and pollution, humanities and humanistic social science disciplines have been experiencing an ‘oceanic’ or ‘blue’ turn. Recent work in history, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, anthropology, communication, and the arts has produced a vibrant body of research exploring relationships between marine spaces, species, and people. New conversations have emerged between the humanities and the natural sciences, sparking imagination and critical engagement with respect to issues and topics marginalized by land-based scholarship. This symposium seeks to foster cross-disciplinary conversations among faculty, invited speakers, and students at Texas A&M, as well as the broader community, with respect to the histories, poetics, and conservation futures of the planet’s oceans.
Glasscock Research Lunch Series: Humanities: Land Sea Space
April 25, 2019, 12:00 -1:30 PM
Please join us for our first lunchtime meeting in the new Glasscock Research Lunch Series. This meeting will focus on the interdisciplinary Glasscock Center initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space. Please come prepared for a discussion about two readings related to ideas central to the initiative, which you can find here and here.
All welcome! Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to: email@example.com
Humanities: Land Sea Space Exploratory Forum
December 7, 2018
Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research
Glasscock Building, Room 311, Texas A&M University