Author David Abram, artist Lauren Bon speakers at national landscape architecture conference March 24-27 at Kansas State University
Friday, March 6, 2015
MANHATTAN — The landscape architecture and regional & community planning department at Kansas State University will host the 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture's international conference March 24-27 at the university.
Two portions of the annual conference, which has the theme of "Incite Change, Change Insight," are free and open to the public.
David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher, will present "Climate, Culture and the Commonwealth of Breath" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the K-State Alumni Center. Abram is the author of "Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology" and "The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World." His writing on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray have been published in magazines, scholarly journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction and fellowships from Rockefeller and Watson foundations. Abram's presentation is co-sponsored by the university's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Prairie Studies Initiative, Academic Excellence Fund, English department and K-State Libraries.
Lauren Bon, artist and founder of Metabolic Studio, will deliver a keynote address, "The Intermountain West and Beyond," at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the K-State Alumni Center. Bon will describe her realized projects and the context within which her studio has worked for 10 years to create a sustainable prophetic landscape in the Intermountain West — the vast landscape whose peaks and valleys include the Great Basin and three major rivers: the Columbia, Colorado and Rio Grande. This event is co-sponsored by the Beach Museum of Art, Prairie Studies Initiative, Academic Excellence Fund and art department.
More information about the speakers is available by contacting Katie Kingery-Page, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting https://ksuconferences.com/cela2015/schedule/speakers/.