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Recent Lectures, Talks & Events

Invited talk delivered at the Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics (COMMA), UC Santa Barbara, May 2018.

Environmental Humanities workshop, Invited participant, New York University, May 2018.

“Col(LAB) 1.0. Food Matters: Risk and Privilege,” Invited external workshop leader and P.I., A collaborative project of American Studies, CST Studio Lab, and the Princeton Food and Agriculture Initiative, Princeton University, May 2018.

“Fictions of Rewilding and Terraforming,” Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century American Literature Forum, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, New York, January 5, 2018.

Guest, Wild Horses improv troupe, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), Los Angeles—December 2, 2017.

Moderator, “Imagined Futures for a Hotter Planet,” A Climate Series for the Ages, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Held at La Brea Tar Pits Museum—November 16, 2017.

Roundtable participant, “Against Endtimes: Continuity as Critique,” Annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Oakland—October 26, 2017.

“Foraged Cuisines, Culinary Labs: A Food Studies Lens on the Biopolitics and Bioart of Rewilding,” Invited lecture, Program in American Studies, Princeton University—October 12, 2017.

“Terraforms and Xenotexts,” Invited lecture on the Environmental Humanities, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin—April 13, 2017.

“Creative Ecology in Times of Crisis,” Ecomedia roundtable, Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities Forum, Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia—January 7, 2017.

“The Culinary Avant-Garde,” Eco-modernism Session, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association, Pasadena—November 19, 2016.

“The Culinary Lab,” Invited talk presented at the Future of Critical Food Studies Conference, Princeton University—April 1-2, 2016.

“Environmental Resilience and Digital Precarity in Twenty-First Century U.S. Fiction,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Austin—January 9, 2016

“Open Source Foodways,” Invited lecture for the Gulf Coast Food Project, University of Houston—November 6, 2016.

“Play the LA River,” Art Place Japan LA: A Conversation on Creative Placemaking, Talk presented to Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, University of Southern California—November 13, 2015.

“Just Add Water” Roundtable, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles—July 18, 2014.

“Lyric Poetry in the Information Age: Seamus Heaney’s Electric Light,” Lecture presented to The Department of English and Environmental Studies Program, Dickinson College—November 23, 2013.

“Slow Food in Digital Times,” Invited talk presented at the Future of the Environmental Humanities Symposium, Simpson Center for the Humanities, the University of Washington—November 1-3, 2013.

Lecture and seminar on bioart and food movements presented to the Northwest Washington Extension Center, Washington State University—October 31, 2013.

“Literature and Modern Food Culture,” Keynote address presented to the UCLA Friends of English—June 18, 2013.

“Feast, Famine, and Other Scenarios” Roundtable, Invited talk presented at Foodprint LA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)—December 8, 2012.

“The Future of Food,” Invited talk presented at Aspen Ideas Festival—July 2, 2012.