Terra/Forms of Choice

19feb4:00 pm5:30 pmTerra/Forms of ChoiceHow do artists, activists, scholars, curators, & communities disseminate information needed to incite large-scale movements & global change?4:00 pm - 5:30 pm OrganiserOrganizerWolf Humanities CenterEvent TypeWebinar & Talks

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Terra/Forms of Choice | (Re)Constitutions of Choice

Drawing on their expertise in ecocriticism, art-making, and activism, this panel considers how different methods and practices can shape, and reshape, choice-making and asks: How do artists, activists, scholars, curators, and communities disseminate information needed to incite large-scale movements and global change?


Ama Josephine Budge Johnston | Writer, artist, curator, pleasure activist

Chelsea Frazier | Faculty Fellow, Department of English, Cornell University; Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Ask An Amazon

Zina Saro-Wiwa | Video artist, filmmaker


(Re)Constitutions of Choice | an asynchronous/synchronous event

What does it mean to make a choice? Decision-making is rarely as simple as right or wrong, black or white, yes or no: it is a murky and complex process filled with human (and nonhuman) will, impulse, and error. This event brings together artists, activists, and scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to explore how choices are made, and why. Join us for three exciting panels—made up of both presentations and moderated discussions—that examine the social, philosophical, and creative contours of choice-making.

The event in itself is choice-filled: talks and performances are available to be streamed two weeks before the live discussions, empowering the audience to choose when and in what order they engage with the material. Live, mediated 90-minute discussions, including audience Q+A, will take place online February 19 and 20.

A program of the Wolf Humanities Center’s 2020-2021 Forum on Choice.


February 19 / 11:00am–12:30pm

Terra/Forms of Choice

Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone, Chelsea Frazier, Zina Saro-Wiwa


February 19, 2021 / 3:15–4:45pm

Temporalities of Choice

Carlos Rojas , Karen Thornber


February 20, 2021 / 2:00–3:30pm

Ideologies and Materialities of Choice

Jorge L. A. Garcia, Nancy H. Kwak, Heonik Kwon



(Friday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


OrganizerWolf Humanities Center

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