Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

What Fire Does (Earth, Itself 2017)

Apr 19, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017

Each year, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society sponsors an interdisciplinary program under the title of “Earth, Itself,” designed to stimulate conversations and collaborations across the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts.

What Fire Does will be held primarily from April 18-28, 2017, and will focus on the productive, creative, destructive, and transformative powers of fire. The creative arts are the ‘fire arts’—particularly ceramics and glass—with exhibitions and performances conducted in collaboration with RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).

The keynote speakers will be Stephen J. Pyne (Arizona State University) and Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University).

Academic panels, lectures and symposia, to be held across departments, will include the unintended consequences of fire fighting and soil contamination; fire on ice—the role of fire in early human migration and settlement in the Paleolithic period; and, in collaboration with the John Carter Brown Library, an afternoon panel on the Americas and the generative power of fire. Brown students will be composing pieces for the 2017 WaterFire festival, with its premiere at 2017 Commencement (May 27).

We are collaborating again with Magic Lantern for an evening of Films on Fire, and we will be hosting a poster competition. 

The program is open to students and faculty, policy makers, community members, and others who care about the environment. Please explore the links below to learn more.

Contact [email protected] for further information.

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