Keynote Presentation by Pamela Booker
February 20, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm EST | Free
“Where’s Your Tree?”—Eco-Mediations, Roots, & Radical Rejuvenation
Monday, Feb. 20, 7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Pamela Booker presents her eco-project “Where’s Your Tree?,” which explores art, nature, and eco-mediations/interventions driven by historic environmental ruin of the planet and Black lives. Her presentation will consider generative, creative responses and sustainable practices in habitats of radical resistance, liberation, and freedom, including Underground Railroad sites and urban sister-cities in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Newark, and New York City.
This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Goddard Graduate Institute.
More about the event:
Human “emissions,” when released into the atmosphere, are as much driven by toxic particles, biases, complex metrics, emotional equations and carbon footprints. In her discussion, “Where’s Your Tree?”— an artist-initiated eco-project, Pamela Booker explores the partnering of art, nature, and eco-mediations/interventions driven by moral imperatives in the face of historic, environmental ruin of the planet and Black lives. With the understanding that “the ecological self is the ecology of the Earth,” her discussion considers the possibility of rediscovering generative, creative response and enacting sustainable practices in habitats where radical resistance, liberation, and freedom must continue to transpire in stewarding healthier plant and human ecosystems. Habitats addressed are distinguished by historical and current violations, shouts and hollers of shattered Lives, and include Underground Railroad sites and urban sister-cities in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Newark, and New York City.
More about the presenter:
Pamela Booker, MFA, is an author, educator, performance artist and Lambda Literary Awards Finalist (2015). Also an urban growing-sustainability enthusiast, Reiki healer and herbalist, this past fall, she was co-plenary speaker on the topic of race & permaculture at Northeast Women in Permaculture, 2016, Omega Institute. Her most recent publications include an essay for Anthropology of Consciousness, Interbeing Issue (pending release 2017); featured performance-writer in the critically acclaimed Black/tino Queer Performance Anthology (Duke University Press 2016); and For Whom it Stands, an art exhibition book collection curated by the Maryland Museum of African American History & Culture and Smithsonian Affiliate (2016). She hosts greens4 squares.com, a blog that explores green issues and is the recipient of several writer fellowships/residencies that include VCCA/Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. A graduate of the Goddard MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program in 2007, Pamela also served as core faculty in the undergraduate residencies from 2008-2016. Currently, she is assistant professor/writing faculty at New York University, in the Global-Liberal Studies BA Program; a community board member for Open Meadows Foundation; and facilitates educational outreach at SWAG, a community-run farm in Newark, NJ.