An Eventful Spring Quarter with the Anthropocene Research Cluster

Submitted by Michael Neininger on
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Germanics faculty member Jason Groves, together with collaborator Jesse Oak Taylor (English), are wrapping up the second year of their Simpson Center-funded cross-disciplinary research cluster with a host of talks on topics ranging from plants running amok in German “cli-fi” to the biological effects of plastic pollution to the development of musical instruments for rescued parrots to the experience of energy in everyday life. Special guests include UW Germanics alumna Heather Sullivan, Professor of German in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department at Trinity University, and Daniel Gilfillan, Associate Professor of German Studies at Arizona State University and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Public events that the cluster is sponsoring and co-sponsoring:

April 4: Heather Sullivan will offer a lecture (April 4, 4 p.m., CMU 202): "The Dark Green: Plants Run Amok in the Anthropocene.” (


April 10Chris Jordan's Albatross (2017): Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker (7pm, Kane 110)


April 19/20: Devin Griffiths (


May 3/4: Daniel Gilfillan will present a lecture (May 3, 4 p.m., CMU 202): "Of Parrots, Behaviors, and Moods: Listening Before, Beyond, and Alongside the Human.” (


May 17: Douglas Khan will present a lecture (CMU 120, 4:30 p.m.): “The Case for Energies in the Arts.”

Check out the Research Cluster’s website for more details about upcoming events ( or write to Jason Groves ( to be added to the group’s mailing list.