NEW PLATFORMS/DIVERSE PUBLICS
In my public humanities work as a scholar and teacher, I aim to contribute to the vitalization of the study of contemporary visual culture and global urbanisms with broader prospects for advancing sustainable citizenship in the moment of climate change. Aspects of my engagement in this regard include cultural affairs programming at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, participation in the United Nations COP 21 Climate Summit as a North American Delegate to the Summit for Local Elected Leaders, and serving as Co-Organizer of the Why Do Animal Studies? contemporary art and critical theory conference, which featured art and literary performances for the general Chicago public.
I am also a co-founder and organizer of the Ventre à Terre Collective for art and critical theory (http://www.VaTcART.com/). The VàTc comprises a group of cultural historians committed to translating modes of scholarly inquiry concerning climate change into publicly-accessible new media, installation, and text-critical informational platforms.
Across my publically-facing digital humanities work, I engage—and seek to impart on my students skills to mobilize and interpret—sound, installation art, and moving images to contribute to a global body of work grappling with the Anthropocene in the critical context of the everyday.