Fall 2013 Green Film/Lecture Series


December 11, 2013: 2013 Green Lecture Series: Wednesday, Dr. Chelsea Schelly, Assistant Professor, MTU Dept. of Social Sciences; "Technology, Nature & Society: Seeing the Social in the Material of Everyday Life" G002, Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building, 7:00—8:30 pm

Technology, Nature & Society: Seeing the Social in the Materials of Everyday Life

By Dr. Chelsea Schelly, Assistant Professor, MTU Dept. of Social Sciences


Date & Time:  Wednesday, December 11, 7:00—8:30 pm

Location:  G002, Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building, Michigan Tech

Cost:   FREE   Enjoy coffee & tea! (Participants are encouraged to bring cookies!)


About the Lecture:

The technologies that we use in our everyday life – from electricity and transportation technologies, to cell phones and computers, to foods – impact the environment and the ways we relate to one another and to our communities. These technologies also shape the social and political organization of our society. We learn what “normal” life is, through our interactions with the materials that make life possible and comfortable. However, our use of those materials is shaped, and often limited, by factors outside our control, such as the policies that influence their use. In this talk, I will present some of the reasons people adopt alternative technologies (related to broad lifestyle choices and the policies that influence our choices) and some of the potential implications of these alternative technologies for how we meet our material needs and comforts. By recognizing that these technologies have social implications, we can begin to question how to best use these technologies to promote sustainable communities. 


About Dr. Chelsea Schelly:

Dr. Chelsea Schelly received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech.  Her work is inspired by the belief that the technological systems used to sustain residential life, shape how humans view their relationship to the natural world and to one another. Schelly’s research explores how technological systems interact with society to influence human-nature relationships and human activities. Her talk will look at the ways alternative technologies-- from solar panels to 3-D printers --challenge the political, economic, and environmental consequences of those systems. She was recently interviewed by Dutch newspaper Weekendavisen about the social implications of 3D printing.


Cosponsored by:

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Dept. of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society,  Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust

Archive of 2013 Spring Green Film Series

Archive of 2012 Green Film Series

Archive of 2011 Green Film Series

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative http://lakesuperiorstewardship.org/
Keweenaw Land Trust http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org/
Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/
Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship http://www.kuuf.net/

The Green Film program is partially funded with a grant from:
♦ League of Women Voters of the Copper Country ♦ Friends of the Land of Keweenaw ♦ U.P. Environmental Coalition

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