On March 17, 2022 the Fulbright NZ Good Works Alumni Series was delighted to present Leslie Carol Roberts discussing her ongoing project ECOPOESIS.
Leslie (MFA, University of Iowa, MA, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury, BA, University of Michigan) is one of the founders of the ECOPOESIS Project, a philosophy of building creative conversations around climate change through shared meals and shared readings and craft projects – ECOPOESIS is inspired by the spirit of historic community making such as quilting bees, knitting circles and Exquisite Corpse drawings. Our motto: Don’t bet against humans.
Through global workshops and lectures, ECOPOESIS brings together humans from across disciplines. During the pandemic, HOW WE HEAR NOW was created to capture, through audio files, the sound of ecologies globally. The collaborative sound collage debuted in San Francisco, July 2021.
Roberts was a Fulbright US awardee to New Zealand at Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury and professor and Architectural Ecologies Lab member at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
She is an essayist, journalist, and author, and has written two books on ecologies, The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (2008); and Here Is Where We Walk: Episodes from a Life in the Forest (2019); a chapter in Performing Ice (2020, Palgrave MacMillan), Creative Activism (2021, Cambridge) and interviews and essays and news reporting for The Believer, the Sydney Morning Herald, Forbes, The Bellingham Review, among many others. She is a member of SCAR-HASS, the United Nations Antarctic humanities and social sciences study group and gave an invited talk at their 2021 conference in Kobe, Japan.
She remains immensely grateful for the love and support of Fulbright New Zealand and her many Kiwi mates in Antarctic hijinks. https://www.architecturalecologies.cca.edu
You can view Leslie’s talk here