Ecopoesis: Spring Graduate Studies Symposium

March 7–9, 2012
San Francisco Campus

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Ecopoesis is a neologism derived from the Greek to describe the creation of an ecosystem. Robert Haynes, a Canadian biophysicist, geneticist, and terraforming expert, first used the term to detail ideas of creating ecosystems on otherwise lifeless planets.

For this symposium, we have adopted and adapted the term to describe how designers, scientists, artists, writers, and other thinkers are working to create human systems more compatible with Earth’s changing natural systems. This symposium is intended as the beginning of a conversation designed to ignite the development of better human systems.

Join us for a series of lectures, events, and an Expoesis Exhibition. Watch the YouTube video about the symposium »

Wednesday, March 7
5 – 7 p.m.
ExPoesis Opening
Join us for the official launch of ExPoesis. Meet exhibitors and hear about their work. Bring tee-shirts and other items for screen printing with our EcoPo logo. Refreshments.

7 p.m.
Raising Cain About Razing Mountains
Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer discusses the artist's role in eco-advocacy and screens a clip from her documentary Razing Appalachia.

Thursday, March 8
ExPo continues all day

Noontime speaker. Screenprinting continues, times TBD.

7 p.m.
Utilizing Trash to Save California’s Wetlands
Professor Oscar Romo of University of California San Diego discusses trash revalorization systems to save our coastal natural resources.

8 p.m.
Building an Ark to Preserve Seed Diversity
Architects Phoebe Giannisi and Zissis Kotionis recount the story of The Ark: Old Seeds For New Cultures, the 2010 Venice Biennale Greek Architecture Pavilion project.

Friday, March 9
ExPo continues all day

Noontime speaker. Screenprinting continues, times TBD.

3:30 p.m.
We Live Here: Writing and Living Of and Off the Natural World
Poet Camille T. Dungy discusses what poets have to say about parks and trees, animals, pet dogs, and bees.

5 – 7 p.m.

7 p.m.
Interacting with, within, and Through Our Environment
Sean White, PhD, discusses interacting with nature’s hidden network of dynamic information.

8 p.m.
Icing on the Continent
Professor Robert Dunbar of Stanford University reports the latest climate change news and unpacks how to build better human systems.