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Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures: Jorge Mari and Luis Prádanos, “Teaching as if Life Mattered: Reflections on Earth-Grounded Ecopedagogy” [HYBRID]

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures  for a joint lecture by Prof. Jorge Mari (NC State) and Luis Prádanos (Miami of Ohio) on the Environmental Humanities and the practices of Ecopedgogy.

This team presentation will introduce the audience to the field of Environmental Cultural Studies, and within it, to some of the theoretical principles and practical possibilities of a transformative ecopedagogy. The theoretical dimension of our presentation will place Environmental Cultural Studies within the broader context of the Environmental Humanities; it will emphasize its goals as a radical force that aspires to create post-capitalist, post-carbon, and post-growth imaginaries toward environmentally viable and socially desirable futures. The practical dimension of our presentation will propose questions, activities, and other applications, with an emphasis on the teaching of Iberian Culture and Film.


Jorge Marí (guest speaker) is Professor of Hispanic Studies at North Carolina State University. He is a professor of contemporary Iberian studies with interests in ecocriticism, ecocinema, and environmental Humanities.

Luis Prádanos (Iñaki) (guest speaker) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University. His work focuses on environmental humanities, postgrowth economics and cultures, permaculture, and ecofeminism, among other areas, in the context of contemporary Spain.

David R. Castillo (respondent) is Professor of Spanish and co-director of the Center for Information Integrity at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).


The event will be hybrid. Attendees are welcome to join in-person at the Grow Home on UB North Campus, or on Zoom at 4PM. Register here for the Zoom link.

This event is sponsored by the Zengierski Family Lecture in Spanish Language and Culture and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. For more information contact Prof. Colleen Culleton (



April 14
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures


GRoW Home (GROW Clean Energy Center)
150 Service Center Rd
Buffalo, NY 14221 United States
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