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Big Ideas: Invention, Environment, and You

February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $10

There are some concepts that demand a good drink, so join us at Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties to quench your thirst and spark your curiosity. We’ll be talking about big ideas for the evening, with leading thinkers in science and humanities asking, what inventions were worth their cost to the environment?  Question your beliefs about how our inventions impact the environment, or how something widely considered to have a negative impact on the environment could actually have been beneficial.  Grapple with ideas big and small, share your thoughts and defend your ideas in this fun and lively debate.

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Who’s on the panel?

BarberDaniel A. Barber is an architectural historian at Penn Design with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. He is a leading voice in the field’s increasing interest in environmental concerns on both historical and theoretical terms.


benson-photoEtienne Benson is an Assistant Professor in Penn’s department of History and Sociology of Science, teaching in History of technology, environmental history, history of ecology and environmental sciences, and posthumanism.  Publications include Wired Wilderness (Johns Hopkins, 2010).


Anastasia Day - Museum StudiesAnastasia Day‘s research interests center around the environment, gender, consumerism, and technology in the American twentieth century; she investigates food, and especially home food production, as an intersection of those themes.



Alexa S. Dietrich is an anthropologist and epidemiologist, who conducted community action research for seven years in Puerto Rico, published in the monograph The Drug Company Next Door (NYU Press, 2013), winner of the 2015 Julian Steward Award from the American Anthropological Association.


EbersoleJohn Ebersole directs The Writing Lab and is assistant professor of English at Chestnut Hill College and edits PUBLIC POOL, a journal of contemporary poetry. His writing has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Brooklyn Rail, Southeast Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He also hosts New Books in Poetry, a podcast where he interviews today’s best poets.


February 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bourbon & Branch
705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, 19123 United States
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