Thursday, February 25, 2016

"You Study WHAT?! On Becoming a Scholar of Trash" - 2/29

A Conversation with Robin Nagle and William A. Cohen Mon., Feb. 29, 6 p.m. Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Why study waste or filth? What can the debris and dirt of a world teach us about that world – its norms, values, beliefs, taboos, and fears? And what happens when a serious scholar of culture and society gets down in the muck to probe its meanings and listen to its stories? What are the rules? The risks? The rewards? Come hear two such scholars talk about the delights and challenges of doing research in unusual subject areas. Bring your curiosity and your questions. This will be an informal, interactive discussion.
Robin Nagle is a clinical associate professor of anthropology and urban studies at New York University and author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York CityPicking Up is the official book of the Scholars theme for 2015-16, Trash: The Problem of Waste in Our Lives and World.
William A. Cohen is associate provost and dean for undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. He is also professor of English and a scholar of Victorian literature and culture. Among his publications is a co-edited anthology, Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life. He recently guest-edited an issue of Victorian Network entitled “Victorian Dirt.”
The event is free and open to all. See Robin Nagle’s TED Talk here.
This conversation is the first spring event in the College Park Scholars “Trash Talks” series. The series is part of this year’s Scholars theme, Trash: The Problem of Waste in Our Lives and World. For details and updates, go to
Thanks to the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Sustainability Fund for their support of the trash theme and related events.

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