October 16th, 2014 3:00PM-5:00PM, Royce Hall 314


Linda Nash is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington and Director of the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest. Her research addresses the production and translation of environmental knowledge and the environmental history of the body. She is the author of Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (University of California Press, 2006),
which won the American Historical Association’s John Dunning Prize and the AHA Pacific Coast Branch Book Prize.

Ursula K. Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and also teaches in our Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and served as President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary literature, environmental culture in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan, literature and science, globalization theory, and media theory. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge UP, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford UP, 2008), and Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture, Suhrkamp, 2010). She is editor of the series on Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment with Palgrave-Macmillan and co-editor of the series on Literature and Contemporary Thought with Routledge. She has recently finished a book called Where the Wild Things Used to Be: Narrative, Database, and Endangered Species.

Mitchell Morris, Associate Professor of Musicology at UCLA, specializes in music at the n-de-siècle, Russian and Soviet
music, 20th century American music, opera, rock and soul, and gay/lesbian studies. He has published essays on gay men and opera, disco and progressive rock, musical ethics, and contemporary music in journals such as Repercussions and American Music as well as in
collections such as Beyond Structural Listening?, Musicology and Dierence, En travesti, and Audible Traces. He is currently preparing a
book entitled The Persistence of Sentiment: Essays on Pop Music in the 70s and at work on a project entitled Echo of Wilderness: Music,
Nature, and Nation in the United States, 1880–1945.

Jessica Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Musicology at UCLA, explores musical representations and sonic histories of militarization and imperial violence, a politics of indigeneity, and environmental concerns, such as nuclear contamination and climate change, in the Pacific. She has published on Marshallese music and gender, politics, diaspora, and displacement. Her book project, Radiation Sounds: Marshallese Music and Nuclear Silences (Duke University Press; forthcoming), details how Marshallese musically and textually evoke the consequences of US nuclear weapons testing in their country.