Desert Attunement Symposium

Illustration of cactus

How do we listen to the desert?

What is it telling us?

This symposium explores imperatives the desert gives to us who dwell within it. ASU faculty from across humanities, arts and sciences pair with resonant researchers within and beyond our university to discuss what it means to develop a lifestyle that is in harmony with our desert surroundings.

The schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m.— 9:15 a.m.: Introductions over coffee

9:15 a.m.— 10:00 a.m.: Joni Adamson with geologist Steven Semken (School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU)

10:00 a.m.— 10:45 a.m.: Serena Ferrando with Director of Phoenix Water Services Kathryn Sorensen (Salt River Project)

10:45 a.m.— 11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m.— 11:45 a.m.: Erika Hanson with geologist Jennifer Buz (University of Northern Arizona)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch*

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm: Dan Gilfillan with sound and radio artist Anna Friz (UC-Santa Cruz)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Adriene Jenik with Nalani Hernandez-Melo (Artist and Curandera)

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm: Brief break and Symposium Wrap Up

*Lunch will be provided so please RSVP.

Each presentation and provocation will be structured to give each speaker 15 minutes. This will be followed by a 15-minute question & answer session.


The closest parking options are the visitor parking in Lot 44 and the Rural Road parking structure.

Institute for Humanities Research / Desert Humanities
Celina Osuna
Feb 13 2020 - 9:00am
Ross-Blakley Hall Room 196
Tempe campus