Collector Lecture 

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Postcards from the Front
Sunday, October 28, 3 pm

A popular song in the First World War sent a message from soldiers to their loved ones to “keep the home fires burning/while your hearts are yearning.” The most common means of staying in touch was through the mail. The German field post office alone handled 19 million pieces of mail each day. This illustrated lecture by Geoffrey J. Giles, UF Emeritus Associate Professor of History will show examples of some of the surprising themes embellishing picture postcards beyond the typical patriotism and heroism, including those on loan from Giles and in the exhibition The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI, 1914 – 1918.


Symposium: The World to Come: Art, Politics, and Climate Change 

Keynote: Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Reception to follow. 
Symposium: Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Reception to follow. 

Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium fostering dialogue around artistic experimental practices, scientific fieldwork and anthropological research in response to the greatest planetary crisis of our era. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Lively conversations between guest speakers, UF faculty and attendees will confront the challenges of artistic, political and personal practice in the late Anthropocene, in search of ways forward to a more vibrant, compassionate and just future. This program is open to the public and presented by the Harn Museum of Art and UF Imagining Climate Change.

Support for the symposium is from the National Endowment for the Arts, UF Center for Humanities & the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture Series (keynote), UF Imagining Climate Change and UF Office of Research. For more information visit the exhibition website or UF Imagining Climate Change.

Keynote Lecture
Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction 
Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Reception to follow. 

T.J. Demos, Professor of History of Art; Director the Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California, Santa Cruz

This presentation addresses extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. In view of spreading sacrifice zones given over to resource mining, abetted by exploitative international trade agreements and the finance of debt servitude, what forms do the cultural politics of resistance take, and how are artist-activists materializing the images and sounds of emancipation and decolonization? With reference to the diverse artwork of Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, which considers geographies of conflict in such regions as Greece, Puerto Rico, and Canada and Bangladesh, this analysis considers a range of leading artistic approaches that adopt an aesthetics of intersectionality that reveals complex causalities and effects, offers a modeling of politico-ecological interpretation, and proposes forms of solidarity with those on the frontlines of opposition.

Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Reception to follow.

Speakers include: 

  • Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis  
  • Terry Harpold, Associate Professor, UF Department of English; Director, Imagining Climate Change
  • Ellen E. Martin, Professor, UF Department of Geological Sciences; Co-Director, Florida Climate Institute 
  • Pedro Neves Marques, Visual artist, writer and editor
  • Brett Scheffers, Assistant Professor, UF Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation 
  • Les Thiele, Professor, UF Department of Political Science; Director of Sustainability Studies and the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science 


For a detailed schedule, visit the Symposium page or Facebook event.


UF’s 4th Annual Climate Communications Summit

Wednesday, November 7, 5 - 8 pm
Join us for a dynamic discussion with climate experts on communicating climate science across campus and around the world. Tours of The World to Come are available 4 - 5 p.m.  Space is limited--required registration and program information here.