Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

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Upcoming events

Jesse Jenkins | Getting to Zero: What it will take to decarbonize electricity


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Jesse D. Jenkins is one of the leading contemporary figures thinking about energy futures and the project of deep decarbonization. He is currently an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.His research focuses on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon power systems and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. Jesse earned a PhD in... read more

Victor Papanek: Design, Ecology, and Global Activism


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

The division of Liberal Arts, THAD department and RISD Museum welcome author and design historian Alison Clarke to RISD to give a lecture titled “Victor Papanek: Design, Ecology and Global Activism.”In 1968, Papanek described the design profession as a mode of “do-it-yourself murder” that generates waste, wreaks ecological havoc and excludes the most socially disadvantaged. Design, he warned,... read more

Design for the Real World Today: A Panel Discussion on Victor Papanek’s Design Manifesto and its Legacy

Panel Discussion

Friday, October 5, 2018

RISD Museum, Repair and Design Futures Exhibition

Members of the RISD community will be joined by Professor Alison J. Clarke, University of Applied Arts Vienna, to discuss Victor Papanek’s influential 1971 book Design for the Real World. Papanek challenged designers to remake their profession by questioning the imperatives of modernism and commercialism and developing a practice critically attuned to social and environmental... read more

Kirloskar Lecture and Panel Discussion | Asim Waqif | Urban Architecture, Public Art and the Politics of Public Space

Visiting Artist

Monday, October 15, 2018

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, RISD Museum

Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will discuss his work and then participate in a panel discussion along with RISD faculty members Namita Dharia and Lili Hermann about sustainibility, environmentalism and more. Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. After initially working as an art director for film and television, he later started making independent videos... read more

Silver Memorial Lecture: Paola Antonelli


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

RISD Auditorium

Paola Antonelli is senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices. She was appointed director of MOMA’s new research and development initiative in 2012. Antonelli lectures frequently at global conferences... read more

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Old Library (Room 521), College Building

The Liberal Arts division and Literary Arts + Studies department welcome writer/activist Matt Hern for a talk called Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale. Hern is co-author of the recent book Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life (MIT, 2018), which charts multiple trips through the tar sands of northern Alberta and documents the effects... read more

Climate Futures, Design and the Just Transition


Friday, November 9, 2018

RISD Auditorium

At a time when climate politics would seem to be stuck between a state of “melancholic paralysis” (Wark, 2015) and “passive nihilism” (Connolly, 2016), mobilizations occurring around just transitions stand as one of the few bright spots on the horizon. Discussions of just transitions are at different stages of development. They come with the usual bundle of issues, problems,... read more