The week-long event known as Convergences will feature symposia, concerts, arts exhibitions, and interdisciplinary work sessions designed to bring the arts, humanities, and the sciences into sustained conversation around environmental resilience. All programs are free and open to the public. The full Convergences schedule appears below. Links to each program comprising the Convergences schedule are available in the sidebar. 

Thursday, Sept. 19th

Hurricane María and the Puerto Rican Art Museum

12:00-1:30 Hotel A, Global Grounds

Sandra Cintrón, Chief Registrar and Collections Manager of the Fralin Museum will speak about her experience during Hurricane Maria as a staff member at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. This event is free and open to all. Lunch is included but RSVP is required.  

Coasts in Crisis: Art and Conversation After Recent Hurricanes

4:00 pm Brooks Hall Commons

Why do the arts matter after a hurricane? In a time of rising sea levels and global climate change, the answer to this question has never been more important. This kick-off event of the Coastal Futures Fall Festival will offer creative ways of addressing environmental disaster by bringing together live music, poetry, photography, painting, and installation art about recent hurricanes from the U.S. South and the Caribbean. The participating artists will perform, display and discuss their work forged out of the experiences common to climate refugees and hurricane survivors: homelessness, forced migration, family separation, food insecurity, and living without electricity or running water. Works by artists from the U.S. South and Greater Caribbean including David Berg (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), Sally Binard (Florida/ Haiti), Jo Cosme (Puerto Rico/ Seattle), Nicole Delgado (Puerto Rico), Alfonso Fuentes (Puerto Rico), and Sarabel Santos Negrón (Puerto Rico).

Supported in part by UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts

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Friday, Sept. 20th

“ShoreLine” Interactive Documentary Opening, with filmmaker Liz Miller

9:30 am Clark Hall Mural Room

The Shore Line, a collaborative interactive documentary project, is a collection of dynamic maps, visualizations, soundscape and over 40 videos featuring individuals who are confronting the threats of unsustainable development and extreme weather with persistence and ingenuity. Learn more…

Saturday, Sept. 21st

Listening for Coastal Futures: Sounding Science Opening Reception

4:00-6:00 pm Barrier Islands Center (Machipongo, VA)

This event features sound-art from musicians working with scientists to understand coastal change. Through individual listening stations, the exhibit features field recordings, data sonifications, and eco-acoustic compositions. Listeners can hear the Eastern Shore anew, and also experience the sounds of coastal change in Australia and the Arctic. Exhibit remains open through December.

Monday, Sept. 23rd - Wednesday 25th

Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic

To register:

Monday, Sept. 23rd

Day 1: Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic 

Pavilion VII (The Colonnade Club)

Registration Required

8:00 Coffee and introductory remarks

09:00 am- 12:00 pm  Land, Coasts, and Oceans

12:00- 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30- 3:00 pm Infrastructure 

3:00- 4:30 pm Communities

6:00 pm- 7:30 pm Dinner for all registrants with invited speakers and ambassadors – Colonnade Club Garden Room

Coastal Futures Conservatory Presentations and Performances

The Corner Building (1400 University Ave)

3:00-5:00 pm 

The Coastal Futures Conservatory integrates arts and humanities into the investigation of coastal change. Conservatory researchers work with scientists at the Virginia Coast Reserve and with scientists working in other parts of the world. The Conservatory brings the arts and humanities into conversation with the sciences in order to open new ways to listen to and experience the dynamics reshaping coasts. In doing so, we hope to stimulate imagination and deepen public understanding. This lab session features keynotes by Michael Nelson and Erik DeLuca.

Arctic and Coastal Futures Concert

Old Cabell Hall

8:00 pm: Eighth Blackbird with Rivanna String Quartet

Music by Leah Barclay, Lemon Guo, Matthew Burtner, Peter Swendsen, Fjiola Evans, John Cage, Christopher Luna-Mega, Jonathan Holland Learn more…


Tuesday, Sept. 24th

Day 2: Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic

The Corner Building (1400 University Ave)

Registration Required

08:30-09:00 Coffee  

09:00-10:00 am Panel Discussion Session 1: Land

10:00-10:15 am Break  

10:15-11:15 am: Panel Discussion Session 2: Ocean

11:15 am- 2:00 pm: Lunch & Poster Session  

2:00- 3:00 pm Panel Discussion Session 3: Infrastructure  

3:00- 3:15 pm Break  

3:15- 4:15 pm Panel Discussion Session 4: Communities    

4:45- 6:30: Art exhibition reception @ Ruffin Hall Gallery with artists Gabrielle Russomagno (New York School of Visual Arts) & Yvonne Love (Penn State Abington)

Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Day 3: Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic

The Corner Building (1400 University Ave)

Registration Required

08:30-09:00 Coffee

09:00-10:15 am Workshop: Arctic Eco-acoustics  

10:15-10:30 am Break

10:30-12:00 pm Synthesis and Discussion – Dissemination of Results and Future Engagement

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00- 3:00 pm Youth Ambassadors (and other interested parties) – Tours of UVA Depts/Schools

Thursday, Sept. 26th

Leah Barclay Keynote Presentation on Underwater Ecoacoustics

Brooks Hall Commons

2:00 pm

Dr. Leah Barclay is an Australian sound artist, composer and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology. She specializes in electroacoustic music, acoustic ecology and emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and changes through sound. Leah and Michael Nelson (Philosophy, Oregon State and PI, Andrews Forest) are visiting Environmental Humanities Residents and will be available throughout the Coastal Futures Festival.

Burning the Library of Life: Species Extinction and the Humanities

Harrison Small Auditorium

4:30pm (reception to follow in the atrium)

Keynote Address, “The Silent Music of Extinction.” URSULA K. HEISE (UCLA, English Department and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability). Introduced by Dean Ian Baucom.

5:45pm Reception to follow in the Atrium.

Learn more… 

Friday, Sept. 27th

Burning the Library of Life: Species Extinction and the Humanities

Harrison Small Auditorium

This two-day symposium on species extinction and the humanities will feature interdisciplinary humanities scholarship and public-facing research addressing this emerging issue from the perspectives of environmental humanities, literary and cultural studies, the history of science, native studies, conservation, sound ecology, archival studies, and media. Learn more… 

9:30  Breakfast and Coffee.

10:00  “The Pigeon and the Turkey: Food, Empire, Extinction.” John Levi Barnard (Department of Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

11:00  Flash Talk: “’Fish Galore’: Memory, Magical Realism, and Shifting Ecological Baselines.” Alison Glassie (Environmental Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia).

11:15  “Caretaking All Our Relations, Not American Dreaming: Woman, Queer and Two-Spirit Theorizing.” Kim Tallbear (Native Studies, University of Alberta).

12:15  Lunch.

1:15  “Hope EchoEscapes: Learning a Dead Birdsong #1 –  ‘The Place Where You Go to Listen’.” A Sound Event. Julianne Warren (Center for Humans and Nature).

2:15  Flash Talk: “Every Library is an Archive of Extinction.” Molly Schwartzburg (Curator, Special Collections, University of Virginia Libraries).

2:30  Coffee Break.

3:00  Flash Talk: “This is Not the Sixth Extinction—It is the First Extermination.” Justin McBrien (Ph D Candidate in History, University of Virginia).

3:15  “The Insect Apocalypse is Here”: Brooke Jarvis (New York Times) in conversation with Adrienne Ghaly.

4:00  Concluding Remarks: Karen McGlathery (Environmental Sciences and Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia) and Michael Nelson (Philosophy, Oregon State University).

4:30-6:30  Reception and Final Fridays Opening of Special Collections Exhibition, “Extinction in the Archive,” in the Atrium.