Convivium Luncheon and Program – March 20
You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, March 20, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Morris Hall’s Le Café. Tyra Olstad, Lecturer of Geography, will present a talk titled, “The Aesthetics of Empty Landscapes: America’s Sagebrush Steppe.”
Abstract: From the forested peaks of the Adirondacks to the sulfurous geysers of Yellowstone, Americans have long cherished and protected places we consider curious, unique, ecologically important, and/or beautiful. What about the plain old plains, though – the “dull,” “desolate,” “scenically challenged” corners of the country? Why do we, at first glance, see wide open landscapes as alienating, “empty,” or worthless, and how do conventional perceptions and pejoratives affect how we use, abuse, and/or ignore great swaths of space in the Western United States? After describing traditional approaches to landscape aesthetics and land management, I’ll discuss emerging appreciation for the unique beauty of wild, wind-swept sagebrush steppe.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to March 17. Vegetarian meals are available.