Founded in 1764, and located in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), Brown is the seventh oldest college inthe United States, and an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution. Brown is a leading research institution, with a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction, and a vibrant interdisciplinary program.
Earth, Itself is a four-year program, from 2015-2018, conceptualised by Lenore as an integrative program of the humanities, natural and social sciences, and creative arts, designed to further academic conversations 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. The theme for each year is a classic element – earth, air, fire, and water – and an arts practice that allows the program to explore the theme creatively and intellectually – dance, music, visual arts, and text.
Since 2015 Lenore has been teaching a course entitled Natural Collections: Perspectives on Science, Art, and Nature, which explores different approaches to understanding diversity, drawing on the natural science and historical literature, and the creative arts. The course is based on case studies, book chapters, and journal articles, novels, catalogues of exhibitions, and videos, with online breeze lectures, and discussions.