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23 Apr
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Apr 23, 2020 -Apr 25, 2020 | All day


The 2020 Discard Studies Conference

From April 23-25, 2020, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, NYU Gallatin will host the Discard Studies Conference 2020: Exploring Disposal’s Past, Present, and Future. Organized by NYU’s Discard Studies Collaborative with support from the Center for Humanities, Liberal Studies Department, Environmental Studies Department, Global Design NYU, and the Urban Democracy Lab, the conference will bring together new and established scholars from across the globe working on discards and related themes to evaluate the state of this innovative interdisciplinary field and identify new directions for future research.  The conference will include an Albert Gallatin Lecture and art exhibition by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, a keynote lecture by Brenda Chalfin (University of Florida), a plenary lecture by Samantha MacBride (CUNY), five academic panels, and field trips to local discard sites in New York. Conference events are free and open to the public. For more information and to see the full conference program, please go to the conference website. 

Discard Studies Conference 2020 is hosted by NYU Gallatin with support from the Center for Humanities, Global Design NYU, and the departments of Liberal Studies and Environmental Studies.

Click here for conference site and schedule.


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