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Plants, People, and the Humanities

This series of events explores research in the humanities and other disciplines concerning the relationship between people and plants. The series is hosted by the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative. During 2021-2022, LAND features as our main theme and, through it, we explore the deep, foundational role that plants play in the ecosystems that support life on Earth. These events highlight the variety of human-plant relationships—from individual relationships like those experienced in a garden, to broad, societal relationships and dependencies on land like agriculture and forestry—and how these relationships are expressed through different worldviews and contexts.

Series flyer

Humanities & Science Exchanges: Human-Plant Relationships

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Leach Teaching Gardens Pavilion, Texas A&M campus

Please RSVP at

Speakers: Dr. Allison Hopkins (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M) & Dr. Kenneth R. Hurst (Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

4:15 PM: Opening and Introductions

4:30 – 5:15 PM: Discussion between speakers

5:15 – 5:40 PM: Q&A

5:40 PM: Closing Remarks

5:45 – 6:15 PM: Attendees tour the gardens

Exploring People-Plant Relationships in the Arts and Philosophy

Friday, November 5, 2021
Zoom Webinar | Register at
10:00am – 1:15pm Central Time

This webinar, hosted by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, features talks and discussion by artists and philosophers exploring people-plant relationships in gardens and the rural landscape.

10:00: Dr. Emily Brady (Texas A&M), Opening remarks

10:10-10:50: Dr. Isis Brook (Crossfields Institute) | “Engaging with the Plant Realm”

10:50-11:10: Q&A

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:00: Dr. Reiko Goto and Dr. Tim Collins (Collins & Goto Studio) | “Ancient boglands and the Irish peat industry: Does Culture Mitigate Ecocide?”

12.00-12.20: Q&A

12:20-12:30: Break

12:30-12:50: Dr. Marcello Di Paola (University of Palermo), Respondent

12:50-1:15: Closing discussion

Coastal Communities and Justice

Coastal Communities and Justice

As part of the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. We are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to present this series.

 Seadrift (2019) film screening

Directed by Tim Tsai and winner of numerous awards, including the 2019 Texas Visionary Award and Best Documentary feature at the Indie and Foreign Film Festival 2019.

“In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S. Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.”

Please RSVP for a free link to view the film, which will be available one week before the Q&A event on October 22. Additional viewing options here

Thursday, October 22, 5:00-6.30pm  Seadrift Q&A and Discussion

Chair: Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M

Tim Tsai, Seadrift Director

Thao Ha, Seadrift Associate Director and Professor of Sociology, MiraCosta College

Webinar. Please RSVP for link.

Friday, October 30, 12:00-1:30pm  Coastal Communities and Justice Roundtable

Chair: Michelle Meyer (Director, Hazard and Reduction Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Deidra D. Davis (Landscape and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

Clare Palmer (Philosophy, Texas A&M)

Carlee Purdum (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Joy Semien (Urban and Regional Science/HRRC, Texas A&M)

Webinar. Please RSVP for link.

Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:30pm

“Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast”

Leslie Mabon (Marine Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands)

Chair: Emily Brady

Zoom link:

Oceanic Humanities Symposium

November 7-8th, Texas A&M University


Keynote speakers: Helen Rozwadowski and Laura Winkiel

In tandem with urgent calls for the protection of oceans, seas, and coastal communities from the effects of global warming and pollution, humanities and humanistic social science disciplines have been experiencing an ‘oceanic’ or ‘blue’ turn. Recent work in history, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, anthropology, communication, and the arts has produced a vibrant body of research exploring relationships between marine spaces, species, and people. New conversations have emerged between the humanities and the natural sciences, sparking imagination and critical engagement with respect to issues and topics marginalized by land-based scholarship. This symposium seeks to foster cross-disciplinary conversations among faculty, invited speakers, and students at Texas A&M, as well as the broader community, with respect to the histories, poetics, and conservation futures of the planet’s oceans.

Humanities: Land Sea Space – Exploratory Forum

Join us at the Glasscock Center on December 6th & 7th for this exploratory forum and contribute your ideas to our newest initiative!

In a world of climate change and the Anthropocene, pressing global issues concerning environmental and intergenerational justice, nature-society relationships, more-than-human ethics, and coastal and island communities – among many others – call upon the critical methods of the humanities, as well as perspectives from the social and natural sciences. As a new Glasscock Center initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space will catalyze innovative research across a variety of disciplines and contexts at Texas A&M and beyond, and contribute to current debates in the environmental humanities, blue/marine humanities, geohumanities, energy humanities, and public humanities. The aim of this forum is to explore research and ideas for the new initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space.

For more information, visit:

Thurs. Dec. 6
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

  • 4:00-4:15
    • Welcome | Dr. Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy)
  • 4:15-5:30
    • “Epigenetic Life: At the Intersection of Postgenomics, Anthropocene & Deregulation”
      Keynote | Dr. Becky Mansfield (Geography, Ohio State University)
  • 5:30-6:00
    • Reception

Fri. Dec. 7
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

  • 9:30-10:00
    • “Sustainable Communities, Resilience, and Justice”
      ​Dr. Phil Berke (Institute for Sustainable Communities)
  • 10:00-10:30
    • “A Multi-Method Investigation of American Evangelical Christians’ Environmental Attitudes”
      Dr. Robin Globus Veldman (Religious Studies)
  • 10:30-10:45
    • Coffee Break
  • 10:45-11:15
    • “Occupying Nature: The Politics of the Environment in American Occupied Germany”
      Douglas Bell (History)
  • 11:15-11:45
    • “Wild animals, ethics, and climate change”
      ​Dr. Clare Palmer (Philosophy)
  • 11:45-12:15
    • “’Natural’ Identities in the Early Caribbean: Birthplace, Borders, and Loyalty on Land and at Sea”
      ​Dr. April Hatfield (History)
  • 12:15-1:30
    • Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30
    • Roundtable Discussion and Q&A
      • Dr. Christian Brannstrom (Geography)
      • Dr. Jessica Howell (Glasscock Center/English)
      • Dr. Becky Mansfield
      • Dr. Clare Palmer
      • Dr. Pam Plotkin (Sea Grant/Oceanography)

Free and open to the public.





Ruth Carbonette Yow receives the Nineteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University has awarded the Nineteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Ruth Carbonette Yow, for her book Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City, published by Harvard University Press in 2017.

Dr. Yow is a historian and ethnographer of justice struggles and public education. She has a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies from Yale University. Dr. Yow continues to work with the youth who populate the pages of Students of the Dream through her service as a board member and volunteer with Marietta YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving). She also teaches and tutors with a prison education nonprofit, Common Good Atlanta. Her current position as Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist at Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain allows her to engage her background in equity and community-based movements to facilitate transformative teaching, learning, and long-term projects across the campus and the city of Atlanta. Students of the Dream was a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize and shortlisted for the Victor Turner Prize.

Dr. Yow will be visiting Texas A&M 27-29th March 2019 to receive the award and participate in campus and community events in celebration of the prize. For further details:

Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Research

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University invites publishers to submit works for consideration for the nineteenth annual book prize, which will be awarded to an interdisciplinary scholarly monograph in humanities studies published by a single author in 2017. The application deadline is June 15th, 2018. For more information, visit the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research here:

Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series

‘Advances in farm animals research on emotions: animal welfare science and technology challenging the role of farmed animals in current agricultural practices and policies’

Professor Mara Miele (Cardiff)

Date: Wednesday October 18th.

Time: 4.15-5.30pm

Place: 2.05, Ogilvie Room, Geography Building, Drummond Street

Co-hosted by the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group and the Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series, University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series 2017

Wednesday 24th May, 3-5pm

‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity: The Lost Maples of Big Bend’

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Department of English, Rice University

Cary Wolfe’s research interests span animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture. His books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (2003); Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (2003); The Other Emerson (2010); What Is Posthumanism? (2010); Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012).

 Thursday 15th June, 3-5pm

‘Animal Rights and Global Justice’

Alasdair Cochrane, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Alasdair Cochrane’s main research interests are contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics. He is the author of An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory (2010) and Animal Rights without Liberation (2012). In 2014, he was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.

Wednesday 5th July, 3-5pm

‘Should we provide the bear necessities? Climate change, wild animals, and the ethics of supplementary feeding’ 

Clare Palmer, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Clare Palmer works at the intersection of environmental ethics and animal ethics. Her books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Ethics in Context (2010); Killing Animals (2006); Animal Rights (2008); Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health (2011); Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (2014); Companion Animal Ethics (2015).

 All lectures take place in room 2.13, Geography Building (High School Yards, Drummond Street, Edinburgh). The lectures are free and open to all.

 Supported by the Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. Organized by Emily Brady and Krithika Srinivasan.