Bruno Latour is a philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist of science and technology. Best known as a founder of actor-network theory, he is currently one of the most cited humanists and social scientists in the world. He has written and edited more than twenty books including Laboratory Life (with Steve Woolgar, 1979), Science in Action (1987), The Pasteurization of France (1988), We Have Never Been Modern (1991), Politics of Nature (1994), Pandora's Hope (1999), Reassembling the Social (2005), An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (2013), and Facing Gaia (2015). He is emeritus professor at Sciences Po Paris, where he directed the Sciences Po Medialab. Member of several academies and recipient of six honorary doctorates, he is the recipient in 2013 of the Holberg Prize, and is currently an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. His participation in Feverish World is supported by the Dan and Carole Burack Lectureship Fund.
Torkwase Dyson is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and Harlem's Studio Museum. Her video installation The Color of Crude explores the eco-crisis in relation to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade through clandestine underwater journeys between the Gulf of Mexico and Cape Town, South Africa. She writes: "While placing my body in this network of black spatial history and the oil extraction industry of the present, I’m interested in composing what I call an orchestra intimacy... [to explore] indelible ties of geography, economy, time, sensoria and what it means to be a human body of these ecologies." Her participation in Feverish World is supported by the Molly Ruprecht Fund.
Trained in art, biochemistry, and engineering, Natalie Jeremijenko blends multiple disciplines to create real-life experiments that enable social change. The New York Times has written that Jeremijenko “reimagines environmentalism as a kind of open-ended game” that aims to respond to the “crisis of agency,” or “what can we do?” Jeremijenko has taught at New York University (where she directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic & Lab), Yale, UC San Diego, and the Royal College of Art in London; exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, MOMA, and the Kuenstlerhaus Vienna; been profiled in Salon (“The Artist as Mad Scientist“), the New York Times Magazine (“The Artist Who Talks with the Fishes“), Technology Review, and The Economist; and been named a Rockefeller Fellow and a VIDA Art and Aritificial Life International Pioneer Prize winner. Her recent projects reimagine urban farming, zoos, environmental health, transportation, and cross-species adventures, and include a proposal to incorporate Burlington into “PLAN B,” a multi-city strategy (including Boulder, Bogota, Berlin, Beijing, Barcelona, and Brisbane) for creative urban infrastructure transformation to meet and exceed the Paris Climate Convention goals.
David Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His books include Survival of the Beautiful (2011), Thousand Mile Song (2008), Why Birds Sing (2005), Sudden Music (2002), Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes (2001), Hand´s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (1993), and Always the Mountains (2003). He is a clarinetist who has played with whales (Whale Music, 2008), cicadas and water crickets (Bug Music, 2013; Cicada Dream Band, 2014), birds (Why Birds Sing, 2005), and humans including Marilyn Crispell, Scanner, Hamid Drake, Peter Gabriel, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He edited Terra Nova: Nature and Culture and its book series, and has written for Orion, The Nation, Wired, and The New York Times. Why Birds Sing has been published in seven languages and was turned into a BBC documentary.
Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist, and theorist of eco-art. Her books include TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet (2012), Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology (2007), and Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society (1996). Animal, Anima, Animus (with Marketta Sepalla, 1998). She directed the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College and was Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College. Her exhibitions have included Dear Mother Nature (at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz), Lo and Behold: Visionary Art in the Post-Modern Era, and Landmarks: New Site Proposals by Twenty Pioneers of Environmental Art.
Néle Azevedo is a Sao Paolo-based sculptor and video and installation artist best known for her “Minimum Monument” ice sculptures -- ephemeral urban space interventions of “melting men” that have been exhibited in cities around the world. Adopted by environmentalists as visual metaphors for climate change, the monuments are intended to “invert” the canons of the public monument: as Azevedo describes it, “in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral process of the ice; in the place of the monument scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies.”
ANNE STRAINCHAMPS & STEVE PAULSON
Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson are co-founders and, respectively, the host and the executive producer, of Peabody Award winning public radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge. Since its founding on Wisconsin Public Radio in 1990, the show has modeled the transdisciplinary intellectual curiosity that the Feverish World Symposium aims to celebrate and cultivate. Between them, Strainchamps and Paulson have covered topics as wide as “Culture and Surveillance,” “Science vs. Religion,” “Apocalyptic Fiction,” “Colonizing Mars,” and “The History of Slapstick,” and interviewed thinkers as diverse as E. O. Wilson, Richard Powers, Tariq Ramadan, and Karen Armstrong. Paulson, who is the author of Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science, interviewed Bruno Latour last October and will be facilitating the conversation with Latour and guest panelists at Feverish World.
Bron Taylor is a Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida, a social ethicist, and a leading scholar in the burgeoning field of religion and ecology. He is author or editor of several books including Avatar and Nature Spirituality (2013), Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (2010), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2006), Ecological Resistance Movements: The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism (1995), and Affirmative Action at Work: Law, Politics, and Ethics (1991).
Pauline Jennings is a dancer, choreographer, and intermedia performance artist, whose work has been performed around the world. Her work [radical] signs of life was, in the words of media artist Heidi Boisvert, “one of the first large-scale game-based experiences to use wearable biotechnology to integrate networked bodies and interactive dance.” Jennings is Co-Artistic Director of the experimental dance troupe Double Vision. Her current research seeks to identify and dissolve barriers between being human and wild. Her collaborative multi-channel dance piece Becoming Human will premiere at Burlington City Arts this fall.
Chard deNiord is the current Poet Laureate of Vermont and the author of several books of poetry including I Would Lie To You If I Could (2018), Interstate (2015), Speaking in Turn (in collaboration with Tony Sanders, 2011), The Double Truth (2011), Night Mowing (2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), and Asleep in the Fire (1990). He holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, has taught comparative religion and philosophy at the Putney School in Vermont, co-founded and directed the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, and is a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife, Liz.