Lecture Series Examines Climate Change Through Pedagogical Lens

A nice little article about the series with thoughts from series curator, jan jagodzinksi, and our first speaker Brad Necyk. Looking forward to kicking things off this Friday, September 25!

“Anthropocene, Ecology, Pedagogy: The Future in Question” is an interdisciplinary forum that sets out to consider the complex questions surrounding the survival of the planet. Coordinated by Secondary Education professor jan jagodzinski, the event encompasses a series of twelve guest lectures over the course of the 2015–16 academic year, beginning with Edmonton artist Brad Necyk on September 25. Speakers in the series include artists, philosophers, filmmakers, and indigenous perspectives from the University of Alberta, and institutions across Canada and around the world.

“I wanted to set up this speaker series— in the European context, it’s called Ringvorlesung, which means that you get really interested people who have a penchant for the particular subject area. You get them together so you get a multi-disciplinary understanding of the subject,” jagodzinski explains.

Read the full article here.

Brad Necyk, Just a Hard Rain #39
Brad Necyk, Just a Hard Rain #39

Mapping a Hard Rain: Visuality and the Present with Brad Necyk

Our first conversation in the series will take place on September 25 (12-1pm) with artist and scholar Brad Necyk. mark your calendars! Check out more of Brad Necyk’s work by visiting his website.

Image by Brad Necyk from the series 'Just a Hard Rain'
Image by Brad Necyk from the series ‘Just a Hard Rain’

Brad Necyk received his MFA at the University of Alberta and is working through the mediums of photography, video, film and performance. He currently is the Artist in Residence with the Friends of the University Hospitals and Transplant Services Alberta Health Services for the length of 2015 and is a Master of Science candidate in Psychiatry. His current work focuses on ethnography, psychiatry, pharmaceutics and biopolitics. His other current work has been looking at ecology with a focus on specific objects within an ecosystem (plutonium-239, Junk DNA, viruses, Turing Tests, holograms) as strategic modes for engaging in artistic reproduction, mutations and revolt.  He has been shown around Canada, an artist in the 2015 Alberta Biennial, participated in artists’ residencies, delivered academic papers internationally, is a Scholar in the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta and is currently teaching a number of senior level courses in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta.