Virtual Drinks & Speaker Series

Wednesday, September 29, 5:30pm Eastern
2:30pm Pacific / 3:30pm Mountain

Please join The Wright-Ingraham Institute on Wednesday, September 29th, at 5:30pm ET to learn about our Institute and the work of the Field Stations Program. Immediately following, at 6:00pm ET, we will convene the second in our fall Design Ecology & Justice Speaker Series, to explore creativity and environmental practice.


  • Dr. Joni Adamson, Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Basia Irland, Professor Emeritus, Art & Ecology, University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Melissa Nelson, Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Marcy Rockman, Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Maryland; Co-Equal, Climate Change Research
  • Dr. Lea Rekow (moderator), Executive Director, Wright-Ingraham Institute

The role of creativity at the nexus of environmental practice

How can creative and artistic forms of representation help us understand and respond to our lands and living systems impacted by anthropogenic change? Contemporary methods for describing landscape and natural systems achieve a high level of detail and generate a large volume of data. However, the investigative tools of technology and scientific discourse are only one lens through which to interpret and understand changing landscapes. Advancing understandings of complex situations, such as climate change, or responding to the needs of affected populations and voices, requires expressive and multifaceted storytelling and engagement. This panel discusses how artists, researcher-practitioners, humanities scholars, activists, and social scientists use a diverse range of creative tools and methods to build awareness and expand perspectives about socio-environmental complexities, protections and challenges.


Gather your ingredients and ready your cocktails, virgin or otherwise, to toast to our Fall season event together!