Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Urban Nature and Urban Ecology: Understanding Urban Ecosystems

Every month I give free lunchtime lectures here in downtown Austin and for the next four months I will focus on urban nature and ecology. The talks will all touch on marginal nature as the counterpart to the other kinds of nature that we officially sanction in the city.

I will begin in September by examining a range of perspectives on nature in the city, including urban ecology, urban planning, restoration ecology, political ecology, and more. In October, I will focus on the issue of officially sanctioned urban nature versus non-native intruders, and the different views of nature in the study of urban ecology. Focusing on urban planning in November, I will look at how nature is incorporated into the urban landscape and how it resists our planning. I will wrap up in December by assessing encounters with urban nature as revealed by urban nature writers.

September 7 Noon-1pm

Varieties of Possibility: Perspectives on Nature and the City

October 5 Noon-1pm

The Weeds and the Wild: Invasive Species and Urban Ecology

November 2 Noon-1pm

The Proper Place of Nature: Urban Planning and Urban Ecology

December 7 Noon-1pm

Encounters with Nature in the City: Urban Nature and Literature

Each talk begins AT NOON

Location - Downtown Austin at Waller Center [625 East 10th Street – between I-35 and Red River] Room 104

First Wednesday of the Month!
Waller Center Room 104!
Free and Open to the Public – bring a lunch and learn

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