Concrete is the second most consumed material on earth after water, yet few of us know what it is, where it comes from, and who makes it. Join Vyta Pivo and Parish Conkling in a conversation that examines the material’s fascinating history in the United States, from its origins in the Lehigh Valley, PA, its expansion to the US South, empire in the Global South, and colonization of outer space. The discussion will consider why we continue to rely on this material for the construction of seemingly everything and will put concrete into the broader context of sustainability and climate change.

Vyta Pivo is a postdoctoral scholar and assistant professor in architecture at the University of Michigan. She is interested in the intersecting histories of architecture, materials extraction, and capitalism in the US context. 

Parish Conkling is a professor of philosophy at Houston Community College.  Her current interests range over various issues in social and political philosophy, including questions of epistemic injustice and the role of testimony in relation to knowledge claims.  Her work focuses on the intersection of gender, human rights, and political violence.

June 30, 2021; 5:00 CST

Meeting ID: 925 3563 6868

Passcode: 925494

This project is part of “Possessing a common logic,” a series of discussions and collaborations between philosophers, theorists, artists, and performers. Curator Jeanette Joy Harris brings together two creative thinkers from different disciplines and invites them to uncover a common logic or underlying thread that connects their practices.

Working toward resonances not necessarily similarities and shared ways of thinking not necessarily shared thoughts, the end result is unpredictable. This series aims to imagine new possibilities and projects through difference. It moves away from a purely critical mode of engagement, focusing, instead on creation and construction. 

This work is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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