Knowledge Integration Seminar: A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes: The Science and the PoetryExport this event to calendar

Friday, March 4, 2016 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Speaker: Dr. Madhur Anand

I will give a talk that entwines poetic and scientific approaches to articulating current and impending crises. From climate change to marital strife, from deforestation to childhood polio, how might we better interrogate our world and learn to accept alternative stable states of coupled existence? The talk will follow an unusual trajectory of communicating both scientific and poetic discovery and touching upon their interrelationship.

Madhur AnandDr. Madhur Anand is Professor and University Research Chair in Sustainability Science in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She is an internationally recognized ecologist with research interests ranging from theoretical to empirical studies of natural and human-induced changes in ecosystems at regional and global scales and their implications for sustainability.

She has collaborated with mathematicians, theoretical physicists, statisticians, computer scientists and poets on aspects of ecology and sustainability. She has been President of the Sigma Xi Scientific Society (University of Toronto Chapter), one that raises the profile of many different scientific disciplines. In 2011 she was named a Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum which places emphasis on the broader implications of science in society.

In addition to having a distinguished interdisciplinary scientific career, with over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 1 co-authored textbook ("Climate Change Biology", CABI) she has presented scholarly research in in ecopoetics, co-edited a book on ecopoetry, and was elected a member-at-large with the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada in 2011. Her debut book of poems "A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes" (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada) has already received considerable acclaim nationally and internationally. It draws upon the products and processes of science in many ways.

Location 
AL - Arts Lecture Hall
room 113

Waterloo,
Canada

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