Recent Talks


  • Keynote address, “Enduring Performance,” at “Art in the Anthropocene” conference, Trinity College, Dublin, June 8, 2019
  • Co-Leader of Working Group on “Becoming Porous: Performing With(in) Climate Chaos,” Encuentro 2019 of the Hemispheric Institute, Mexico City, June 10-15, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, “The Sustainable Artist,” Intensive Course at NORTEAS (NORDPLUS NETWORK FOR NORDIC AND BALTIC THEATRE AND DANCE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION), Vilnius, Lithuania, August 26, 2018
  • Invited speaker, Incubator for Climate Theater, The Lark theatre, New York City, August 7, 2018
  • Invited Participant, HowlRound Convening on Theater and Climate Change, Boston, June 9-11, 2018
  • Presenter and seminar participant, The Rachel Carson Center Workshop on Transformations in Environment and Society, NYUAD, Feb 18-19, 2018
  • Organizer and Moderator, “Writing Animals—A Symposium”. NYU Humanities Center October 11, 2017
  • Panelist, Gallatin Climate Change Initiative Conference, September 13, 2017
  • Moderator and Panelist, Climate Action Conference, Tisch School of the Arts, March 10, 2017
  • Panelist, “Climate Lens,” Annual Conference of Theatre Communication Group, June 2017
  • Invited Speaker and Seminar Leader, Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University, June 13-14, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, Animals and Society Summer Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, July 9, 2017
  • Opening Speaker, Works on Water Arts Festival, Three Legged Dog, June 5, 2017
  • “Climate Lens.” Lecture pre-launching the eARThumanities Series, NYUAD, April 2017
  • Conversation with UK artist Marcus Coates in conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition ‘The Animal Mirror,’ Part II here. January 10, 2017.
  • Plenary for English 101: Theatre (“Traumatic History, Embodied Language, as Affirmative Biopolitical Performance in Suzan-Lori Parks’s The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. November 4, 2016
  • Co-Convenor and Moderator, “Human Futures” Environmental Humanities Lecture Series featuring Ursula Heise (UCLA) and Rob Nixon (Princeton), September 26, 2016
  • Panelist, “The Earth,” NYU Presidential Inauguration Week. September 21, 2016
  • English Department Faculty Lecture 2015, “AnthropoScenes: Climate Change and the Drama of Bad Ideas,” New York University, October 7, 2015.
  • Invited inaugural speaker, Consortium for Historical and Critical Studies in the Arts, The College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, series on “EARTH: Arts in the Anthropocene.” November 5, 2015, Athens, Ohio.
  • Presenter, Columbia University Animal Studies Seminar, November 10, 2015
  • “Taking Climate Change Personally,” Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2015.
  • “Thinking and Feeling Climate Change,” University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, July 2015.
  • Keynote Address, “Discretion and Diplomacy in Anthropocenic Interspecies Performance” July 2015.
  • Panel presentation, Oceanic Performance Biennial/Performance Studies International: Fluid States, “Fluid Choreographies, Liquid Lives,” Raratonga, Cook Islands, July 2015.
  • Panel Presentation, Global Shakespeare Conference, “Suffering Sea Changes,” NYU Abu Dhabi, April 2015.
  • Invited Speaker, Colloquium on Theatre and Animal Studies, “Animal Acts for Changing Times: In Search of a Theatre of Species,” Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, October 28th, 2014.
  • Invited Featured Speaker, The BABEL Working Group’s 3rd biennial meeting, “On The Beach: Precariousness, Risk, Forms of Life, Affinity, and Play at the Edge of the World,” Santa Barbara, October 16-18, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, Sawyer Seminar on the Environmental Humanities, University of California at Los Angeles, October 15, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop, Department of English, State University of New York, Buffalo, September 24th, 2014. “Performing (in) the Anthropocene: Queer and Prismatic Ecologies in Contemporary Theatre.”
  • Featured Guest Scholar, Animal Studies Summer Institute, Wesleyan University. June 12-13, 2014.
  • Keynote Lecture at the annual conference of CDE (Contemporary Drama in English) Hamburg, Germany, June 19, 2014. “Anthropo-Scenes: Theatre and Climate Change.”
  • Theodore Spencer Lecture on Drama, Harvard University, November 12, 2013. “Anthropo-Scenes: Ecological Crisis and the Drama of Bad Ideas.”
  • Keynote Plenary Dialogue, with Peggy Phelan. Performance Studies International annual conference, Stanford University, June 2013. “Performance in an Expanded Temporal Field.”
  • Invited Speaker for “Beasts of the Northern Wild,” a performance festival and symposium in honor of my new co-edited volume Animal Acts: Performing Species Today. March 2013
  • Inaugural Speaker of the “Hot Topics” lecture series, Yale School of Drama, December 11, 2012
  • Keynote Address at the Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies, “Global Animal Lives,” Stony Brook University, October 13, 2012.
  • Keynote Address at the conference of ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, “Theatre of Species,” Bloomington, Indiana, June 21st, 2011.
  • “Queering the Green Man: Marina Zurkow’s Mesocosm (Northumberland) as a Theatre of Species.” Symposium on Technology and the Garden, at Dumbarton Oaks Cetner for Landscape and Garden Studies, Washington, DC, May 6th, 2011.

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