The Anthropocene Research Cluster: Fall Update

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Tobias Menely - Photo courtesy: Simpson Center
Buster Simpson - Photo courtesy: Michael Swaine

Germanics faculty member Jason Groves, together with collaborator Jesse Oak Taylor (English), have wrapped up a successful first quarter of their year-long Simpson Center-funded interdisciplinary research cluster on the Anthropocene. This cluster brought together a wide range of faculty and graduate students for multiple events, including a lecture and seminar on “Late Holocene Poetics" by Tobias Menely (Associate Professor, English, University of California Davis), as well as a field trip with legendary Seattle eco-artist Buster Simpson to the future site of his “Anthropocene Beach” public artwork, as part of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. Check out the Research Cluster’s website for upcoming events ( or write to Jason Groves ( to be added to the group’s mailing list.