History Department
History Department

Erika M. Bsumek: "Radical Hope: Inspiring Sustainability Transformations through Our Past," Rachel Carson Center, Munich Germany

Tue, September 5, 2017
Erika M. Bsumek:
Image: Patrick Reed. patrickjimmyreed.squarespace.com

Associate Professor of History Erika M. Bsumek has published an article, co-written with Professor John Barry of Queens University Belfast, summarizing a conference on "Radical Hope" July 3-4, at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany

Bsumek, Barry and Professor Christof Mauch (Director, Rachel Carson Center, and Chair in American Culture and Transatlantic Relations, LMU Munich) convened the conference, which included two days of interdisciplinary workshops featuring discussions with over 20 scholars from across the globe.

Participants convened from a range of fields, representing a variety of voices and expertise - artists, city planners, activists, business leaders, as well as professors of history, political science, design, engineering, landscape architecture, sociology, Italian studies, transcultural and indigenous studies, American and Japanese literature, and environmental policy.

“It turned out to be both inspiring and productive,” said Bsumek. “A ‘Radical Hope’ syllabus is forthcoming and, eventually, the publication of a series of companion essays.”

Professor Jacqueline Jones, Chair of the History Department, lauded Bsumek’s work and the conference overall, noting “it sounds like an extraordinary conference, full of disciplinary-crossing ideas--as well as powerful emotions. An ‘infrastructure of hope’ something that is absolutely essential in these perilous times.”

“Radical Hope” was co-sponsored by the History Department, College of Liberal Arts, UT Sustainability, and the Rachel Carson Center in Germany.

Read the “Radical Hope: Inspiring Sustainability Transformations through Our Past” article, and read more about Prof. Bsumek’s work.

Image Credit: Patrick J. Reed. From: Distant hammers, graphite, coloured pencil, oil paint, collage on handmade paper, 2015-2016, approximately 40 x 27.5 inches. Info: patrickjimmyreed.squarespace.com.

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