Public Talks


“Waste Landscapes in the Shade of Fossil Capital.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference: Paradise on Fire. University of California Davis. June 26, 2019.


“Reading Fossil Capital: A Roundtable for the Warming Condition.” (Invited Panel Participant). Petrocultures 2018: Transitions. University of Glasgow. Glasgow, Scotland. September 1, 2018.

“Waste Encounters: Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure.” Cultural Studies Association Conference 2018: Interventions. Carnegie Mellon University. June 2, 2018.

“Making Energy Waste Visible: The Art of Coal Slurry and Ash.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference: Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 12-15, 2018.

“Energy Waste in the Public Eye: Using Art as Advocacy.” Carnegie Mellon Scott Institute Energy Week: The Imperative of Energy Humanities Roundtable. Carnegie Mellon University. April 6, 2018. [Video]

“Making Coal Waste Visible: The Art of Slurry and Ash.” (Invited talk). Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Humanities Research Seminar. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. March 21, 2018.


“Slurry Sloughs and Sludge Pools: Representing Energy Residues.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference: Rust/Resistance. Wayne State University. June 24, 2017.

“Slurry Sloughs and Sludge Pools: Representing Energy Residues.” Contesting Energy Symposium. Carnegie Mellon University. March 31, 2017.

“Representing Energy in the Appalachian Anthropocene.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference 2017: Extreme Appalachia. Virginia Tech. March 11, 2017.


“Coal’s Toxic Surplus in the Age of Oil.” Petrocultures 2016: The Offshore. Memorial University of Newfoundland. August 31, 2016.

2015 and Earlier

Respondent for “Time, Place, and Space” Panel. Locating Social Class: Geography, Home, and Mythologies of Place. Carnegie Mellon University. May 2015.

“From Maples to Machines: Agricultural Transformation in Wendell Berry’s Fiction.” Living Labor: Towards a New Understanding of the Working Class Symposium. Carnegie Mellon University. May 2012.

“‘Not a Tourist . . . It’s Called Research’: Community, Method, and Representation in Desert Blood.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. University of Louisville. February 2010.

“Theodore Adorno and Walter Benjamin: A Radical Critique of Art.” Philosophy Co-Think Colloquium. University of Louisville. February 2007.