Jennifer Peterson - A Mellon Sawyer Seminar "Deep Horizons" Lecture

Lecture: "Forest Petroculture: A Cinematic History"

Jennifer Lynn Peterson is the author of Education in the School of Dreams: Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film (Duke University Press, 2013). Her articles have been published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Feminist Media Histories, Camera Obscura, Moving Image, Getty Research Journal, and numerous edited collections. She has published film, art, and book reviews in Millennium Film Journal, Film Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and She is currently Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her book-in-progress, “Cinema’s Ecological Past: Film History, Nature, and Endangerment Before 1960,” is under contract for publication by Columbia University Press.

About the Lecture Series:
The Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects, aims to traverse multiple disciplines and perspectives to investigate intersectional questions concerning the changing planet as it affects specific peoples, communities, wildlife species, and ecosystems in varying and inequitable ways.

The year-long seminar will be led by faculty from art, biology, cinema, history, indigenous studies, linguistics, sociology, and other departments. Together, the team will invite preeminent scholars and practitioners to CU Boulder and host numerous public events, including panels, lectures, and art exhibitions around the Boulder-Denver area.

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Monday, April 5 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Arts & Culture, Environment & Sustainability


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Arts & Sciences



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Art and Art History, Environmental Futures
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