Keynote and Guest Speakers
Robin Nagle teaches anthropology and urban studies at New York University, where she also directs the Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program. She is anthropologist-in-residence for the city's Department of Sanitation, author of the book Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, and founded the DSNY Oral History Archive. Her research focuses on the category of material culture known variously as garbage, rubbish, refuse, trash, or waste. She explores the many reasons that labors or waster and logistical necessities of successful large-scale solid waste management are accorded a form of invisibility, despite their essential role in political, economic, environmental, and cultural debate. Nagle earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and has been Director of the Draper Program since 1996.
Additional guest speakers: TBA.