The University of Iowa

"Green Politics" conference Dec. 3-4 explores environment from many angles

November 18th, 2010

The upcoming second-annual European Studies Conference will explore such diverse environmental topics as the role of watermills in the Middle Ages, green spaces in Ancient Rome and today’s Paris, and saving a certain breed of pig in 21st century Italy by eating it.

This multidisciplinary “Green Politics” conference will be held Dec. 3-4 in 315 Phillips Hall. All activities are free and open to the public.

A keynote address on the current biodiversity crisis titled “Red List Blues: The Politics of Extinction” will be presented by Ursula Heise at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Heise is a professor of English at Stanford University in California.

Scholarly presentations will be offered from eight UI faculty and graduate students, most in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For a full schedule of topics and times, visit

This conference is co-sponsored by the European Studies Group, UI International Programs, and the UI departments of German and French and Italian, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Michel Laronde at or 319-335-2264.