Schedule of Events

Wednesday April 12

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Opening Reception  UMFA Lobby

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Keynote, Poet Cole Swensen  UMFA Auditorium

The Centrality of the Park: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Instant Distance
Frederick Law Olmsted is considered by many to be at the root of American landscape architecture and a motivating force in the development of urban parks, but he was much more than that. An avid traveller, he was also journalist, social critic, and early conservationist who saw the public park in light of its social ramifications and moral dimensions. This talk will explore how Olmsted's many facets dovetailed together and enhanced each other.

Thursday April 13

8:45-10:00 a.m. The Keynote Panel and Radio West Broadcast has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

10:15 - 11:15  Concurrent Panels,  Child Hall, Eccles School of Business, 7th floor

Attention: Moderated by Fred Adler
  • Rachel Hopman (Department of Psychology, University of Utah)
  • Nalini Nadkarni (Department of Biology, University of Utah)
  • Jeffrey Tucker (Department of English, Brigham Young University)
  • Scott Black (Department of English, University of Utah)

Post-human: Moderated by Lisa Swanstrom
  • Jason Daniels (Creative Writing, University of Utah)
  • Natasha Seegert (Department of Communication, University of Utah)
  • Richard Balling (Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University)
  • Lisa Swanstrom (Department of English, University of Utah)

11:30 - 12:30 Concurrent Panels, Child Hall, Eccles School of Business, 7th floor

Restoration: Moderated by Adrienne Cachelin

  • Mariko Azuma (Art History Program, University of Utah)
  • Lynn Kilpatrick (Department of English, Salt Lake Community College)
  • Laura Hanson (Jordan River Commission)
  • Jim O'Connell (Department of Anthropology, University of Utah)

Visions of the Future: Moderated by Fred Adler
  • Diane Pataki (Department of Biology, University of Utah)
  • Wendy Wischer (Art/Art History Department, University of Utah)
  • Erin Carraher (School Of Architecture, University of Utah)
  • Paisley Rekdal (Department of English, University of Utah)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Drop-in Session, DH Library

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Structured Sessions, NHMU

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Reception, NMHU

7:00 - 8:00 Keynote, Biologist John Marzluff, NHMU

Welcome to Subirdia: Celebrating and Connecting to Nearby Nature
I will discuss the curious fact that bird life is exceedingly rich within suburban landscapes, exploring why this is often the case and how we can sustain and steward this diversity of life. As we explore suburban nature I will discuss key ecological and evolutionary processes that occur within our yards, places of work, and other green spaces within the city.

Friday April 14

9:30-10:30 Closing Keynote, Artist Mel Chin  UMFA Auditorium

The unMaking and reMaking of the Artist
Mel Chin reveals his work as an evolutionary process compelled by circumstances that force redirection of his practice. He will explicate his professed state of “becoming” an artist.

10:45-11:45 Closing Roundtable Discussion (all keynotes) , UMFA Auditorium