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Friday, June 21 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Plenary 3: What a Living World Demands

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In Parable of the Sower, a 1993 dystopian science fiction novel set in the wake of major climate change, Octavia E. Butler writes, “There is no end | To what a living world | Will demand of you.” Our collections, institutions, and communities have arisen from colonial and extractive industrial contexts - the same conditions and systems driving anthropogenic climate change. Our closing plenary examines how climate change relates to these systems’ legacies of harm, and how history, memory work, and speculative imagining illuminate possibilities for challenging these systems in order to build more sustainable and equitable living worlds.


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Robin M. Katz

Archivist and librarian, University of California-Riverside
Robin M. Katz is an archivist, librarian, and educator who connects people to primary sources in meaningful ways. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MLIS from Kent State University and is a full, career-status librarian at the University of California, Riverside. She served... Read More →

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Ramesh Mallipeddi

Associate Professor of English, University of Colorado-Boulder
Ramesh Mallipeddi received his PhD from Cornell University in 2008, specializing in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. His research on sentimentalism, transatlantic slavery, and the British empire has appeared in _Eighteenth-Century Studies_, _The Eighteenth Century... Read More →
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Shelley Streeby

Professor and Director of Clarion Workshop, University of California San Diego
SHELLEY STREEBY is professor of ethnic studies and literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her book Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World- Making through Science Fiction and Activism was published by the University ofCalifornia Press in the American Studies... Read More →

Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Stadium Ballroom