Creating Intersections Across Communities: Institute of the Environment’s Arts, Environment, and Humanities Network (AEHN)
Effective solutions to complex challenges often require a team, and usually one that incorporates diverse perspectives and ideas. Creating, building, and managing such projects can be exciting, but challenging. The Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series will share the experience and insights of four interdisciplinary UA and community-led initiatives covering topics ranging from the sciences, the arts, humanities, culture, and more. Attendees will learn best practices for creating, building, and maintaining collaborative initiatives and projects.
The Institute of the Environment’s Arts, Environment, and Humanities Network fosters, supports, and instigates collaborations and conversations among artists, writers, humanities scholars, and environmental scientists. The network and its affiliates strive to find novel ways of knowing the world in which we live and offer new ideas about how society might address environmental risks. Two affiliates of the AEHN involved with the network from the start will share their experiences with building the network, and share examples of their interdisciplinary art-environment projects and insights they have learned from doing this work.
Eric Magrane, Carson Scholar and coordinator, Arts, Environment, and Humanities Network
Eric Magrane is a research associate with the Institute of the Environment and a PhD candidate in the School of Geography and Development. He is the coeditor of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press, 2016), a Southwestern Book of the Year. His research exists in the intersection between the arts, humanities, and environment, and takes multiple forms from scholarly article, to literary work, to art installation.
Ellen McMahon, Professor, School of Art
Ellen McMahon is a Professor in the School of Art at The University of Arizona. She has an MS in Scientific Illustration from The University of Arizona and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. An accomplished interdisciplinary artist and scholar, McMahon’s portfolio of solo and collaborative projects covers a variety of media (visual art, photography, film, graphic design, writing) and subjects ranging from motherhood and domestic life to the natural world. The conceptual underpinnings of McMahon’s work—the paradoxical and complicated relationship between lived experience and cultural constructions and expectations—have remained constant throughout her career, regardless of subject matter or medium.
Networking reception to follow the event