Water’s Edge

2015 Thinking the Earth
2016 Atmospheres
2017 What Fire Does
+ 2018 Water’s Edge +

Water’s Edge

an Earth, Itself event | 2018


From 2015-2018 Lenore Manderson is convening Earth, Itself, an integrative program of the humanities, natural and social sciences, and creative arts, designed to further conversation about the environment in innovative, engaging and inclusive ways. The aim is to highlight ways of understanding Earth, environmental change, knowledge systems and policy, to address some of the most complex problems of our time.

In 2018, the Earth, Itself program will address the fourth element, Water, with events in April at Brown University and in September at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. By moving to two continents, we will take advantage of a number of new collaborations and address multiple questions of climate change and the environment.

These will include drought, flood, sea rise, and the precarity of seashore settlement and ocean states. The program will also give focus to water rights, water in agriculture and manufacturing, and riverine and marine life.The arts programming will be grounded in text, with emphasis on the spoken word, and on multimedia presentations. Participating poets include Forrest Gander, Arthur Sze, Brenda Hillman, and Anne Waldman. Again, Earth, Itself will present a film program, and run poster and Ignite! competitions.

This program is an activity of The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), an interfaculty initiative at Brown University. The Institute is concerned centrally with the challenges facing us in ensuring sustainable life, and so aims to stimulate conversations across the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts.

April, 2018

Brown University
Providence, RI
United States of America


Sep, 2018

University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

The schedule has not yet been announced.
Stay tuned.