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The College of the Environment at Wesleyan University was created with a belief in the resilience of the human spirit and a desire to develop a long-term vision of human and ecosystem health.

coexist is the blog of our COE (College of the Environment) community–a vibrant group of students, faculty, alumni, and others interested in exploring our natural world and our place in it.

Our mission, simply stated: to change the world.

wes students, physical plant workers collaborate on performance project

ENVS197 & Forklift Danceworks performance (12.3.18)

Six students in Barry Chernoff’s ENVS197 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) course worked side-by-side with members of Wesleyan’s Physical Plant this semester, as part of a collaborative project with Forklift Danceworks,  an organization that employs performance to activate communities through a collaborative creative process.

The Austin-based organization was founded by choreographer Allison Orr, a former Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar here at the COE, who lead the project, with help from Forlift’s assistant choreographer Gretchen LaMotte ’18.

As an alternative to a final project, the students worked with employees for an hour each week, and collaborated on a live in-class performance for a standing-room-only crowd of onlookers on November 30 at Exley Science Center.

This is the second collaborative project between the COE and Forklift Danceworks. In 2016, Wesleyan students partnered with city water and sewer workers for a performance-based project.

2018 where on earth are we going? symposium

Each year, our Where on Earth Are We Going? symposium focuses on a topic of critical environmental importance, bringing to Wesleyan the people who are at the forefronts of these issues. The theme of our 2018 symposium reflected the focus of the COE’s 2018-19 Think Tank: how humans relate to and value the non-human part of the world. This year’s event took place on September 29, 2018, and featured presentations by College of the Environment faculty Justine Quijada, assistant professor, Department of Religion (“Is Animism Good to Think With?”), and Fred Cohan, professor, Department of Biology (“Motivating Environmentalism through Our Visceral Fears of Infections”). Continue reading “2018 where on earth are we going? symposium”