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Vital Perspectives Series: Stefan Helmreich, A BOOK OF WAVES (With Nicole Labruto)

Location 11 E 33rd St Baltimore, MD 21218
Date Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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In this engaging event, Dr. Stefan Helmreich, author of the innovative book "A Book of Waves," will be in conversation with Dr. Nicole Labruto, exploring the profound insights and implications of Helmreich's groundbreaking work. "A Book of Waves" examines ocean waves as carriers of ecological, geopolitical, and climatological information about our planet, drawing from Helmreich's ethnographic research with oceanographers and coastal engineers across multiple countries. Through his interdisciplinary approach, Helmreich demonstrates how waves are not merely natural phenomena but culturally significant entities, shaping social histories and futures. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how scientists apprehend the materiality of waves through abstractions, capturing their paradoxical nature as periodic yet irreversible, wild yet pacific, ephemeral yet eternal. Helmreich interweaves ethnographic chapters with reflections on waves in diverse contexts, from mythology and surf culture to feminist theory, film, and Indigenous Pacific activisms, revealing the profound ways waves permeate our lives and worldviews. This event promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of the intersections between science, culture, and the environment, offering a unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge scholarship and foster meaningful dialogue on pressing issues of our time. Attendees will undoubtedly leave with a newfound appreciation for the complexity and significance of waves and the vital role they play in shaping our understanding of the world around us.

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