Inaugural Lecture and Performance

Saturday, August 13 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

Inaugural lecture: “The Freedom of Inhuman Time” by Claire Colebrook and “Internet and the Sacred Landscape” by Kelley O’Leary.

Claire Colebrook: “The Freedom of Inhuman Time”

Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Penn State University. She has written books and articles on contemporary European philosophy, literary history, gender studies, queer theory, visual culture and feminist philosophy. She is the author of The Death of the Posthuman: Essays on Extinction (2015) and Sex after Life (2015) both published in Open Humanities Press. Her most recent book is What Would You Do (and Who Would You Kill) to Save the World? (2022). 

About this lecture: Given the dire predictions regarding the sixth mass extinction and the Anthropocene it might seem that there is little to no freedom, and that the only way to imagine any possible future is to act as if there might still be a way to save the world. The more we look at the geological record and the past of damage the less freedom there might seem to be for the future. This lecture explores how a genuinely expansive sense of time and destiny will generate a more expansive concept of freedom and the future. 

Kelley O’Leary: “Internet and the Sacred Landscape”

Kelley O’Leary (b.1988 Quincy, Massachusetts) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Sacramento, California. She received a MFA in Art Studio from University of California, Davis and a BA in Art with a minor in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz. O’Leary’s practice investigates the role of technology from multiple human and non-human perspectives in an age of ecological collapse. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. at Root Division, Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, Wolfman Books, Incline Gallery, Palette SF, The Great Highway Gallery, Annex Gallery at Monterey Peninsula College, Union Gallery at UMass Amherst and Studio 106 LA among others. She has received fellowships and residencies from Bullseye Glass, Irving Street Projects, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, Kala Art Institute and Art Farm. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, the Mary Lou Osborn Award and the LeShelle and Gary May Art Purchase Prize at University of California, Davis.

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