March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th | 730-930pm | Clarence Brown Theater | $5-$40
The air by the river. The song of the red bird. The feel of soil in her fingers! Widow Carrie Watts yearns to return to the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. When she slips away with her latest pension check, the results are both heartbreaking and life-affirming. Starring our very own Carol Mayo Jenkins. A moving and riveting story from one of our country’s greatest writers.
NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference Greenways: The Interconnected Pathways of Communication & the Environment
March 6th, 7th, 8th | All day | Various Locations | Free
Following the natural contours of the landscape, greenways are man-made paths that work to link human communities to the surrounding environment. In the same way, this conference seeks to promote connectivity between various disciplines and their approaches to the environment. Recent conversations about environmental issues illustrate society’s rising concerns for the future of humanity and the planet.
Communication about such issues takes many forms: public debates, government policies, scientific research, film and media, poetry and prose, and classroom education. Such a wide range of communicative mediums demonstrates the truly interdisciplinary nature of research seeking to generate social and environmental change. Moreover, if we expand our conceptualization of the environment then we can begin to talk more fluidly across disciplines to understand how multiple environments impact communication practices.
This conference aims to bring together scholars, creative writers, and educators from a broad range of disciplines in order to provide a space to share the myriad ways that humans communicate about an endangered environment and recommend avenues for future research. This conference also seeks to expand the ways in which scholars link discussions about communication and the environment such that the natural world becomes one environment among many which shapes our ideas about communication.
March 7th | 10-1130am | UT Gardens | $8 member/ $12 non-member
Spring is almost here. As the weather starts to warm up, there are many new sights and sounds in the garden. Frogs and birds are starting to waken up. See and hear what’s going on in the gardens.
March 7th | All day | Hodges Library | Free
NEXUS 2014 will gather professors and graduate students from all over the country and all around the world to discuss environmental issues. We want to invite – FOR THE FIRST TIME – undergraduate participation in a special poster session. Design a poster presentation BASED ON A PROJECT / PAPER YOU DID FOR A CLASS OR AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT YOU WANT TO WORK ON RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. Then present that poster to the participants of NEXUS 2014!
March 9th | 2-3pm | UT Gardens | Free members/$5 non-members
Dogwoods, magnolias, redbuds are all welcome signs of approaching spring. Take a walk through the gardens and see what is blooming and write down a list of what new flowering trees you may want to add to your garden this year.
March 13th | 330pm | Howard Baker Center Toyota Auditorium | Free
The Baker Center Energy and Environment Forum is an opportunity for academics to share their research findings to a broad set of academics, researchers, and students from outside their own discipline but who have a common interest in environmental and energy issues. We invite four to six speakers each semester from fields such as ecology, economics, urban planning, atmospheric chemistry and sociology to present on occasional Thursdays at 3:30pm in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.