in New York State (April 2016)
April 20, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Dr. Jane Costlow is the Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, explores the subject of nature imaginaries in Soviet literature and visual culture.
Professor Costlow is fascinated by how writers, artists, and filmmakers use their talents in representing place – whether to protest environmental injustice or reveal the amazing beauties of the natural world. She has published a major study of the forest in 19th-century Russian culture; co-edited a volume of essays on non-human animals in Russian culture and history; and written about Russian women writers. Together with colleagues in Finland, she is completing two edited volumes on the cultural meanings of water, both in Russia and across cultures. Professor Costlow teaches courses that focus on meanings of nature and senses of place in a diverse array of cultures and historical periods, as well as a course that explores disaster narratives – from Katrina and Chernobyl, to the “slow catastrophe” of climate change.
This program is free and open to the public.
Address: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.