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North American Observatory

Integrate the Humanities

Each of the North American Observatory projects and activities seeks to integrate the humanities and arts centrally. We engage in cross-regional collaborations with partners throughout North America and and across the expanding HfE observatory network around the world.

Shared Mission

The North American Observatory’s shared mission, “Building Resilience in the Anthropocene,” illustrates how the humanities are changing to meet the challenges of the 21st century as they contribute significantly to the development of social, economic, and science policy addressing environmental issues in civil and academic life.
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Decline of Lake Powell, United States. Source: NASA Images of Change.

Main Hub

Arizona State University

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Research Projects

The research projects of the North American Observatory, are designed to be replicated, networked and scaled in other communities and at other universities and institutions.

North American Observatory Projects

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Archive of Hope and Cautionary Tales

"The Archive of Hope and Caution" is a collection of stories and videos about frontline communities dealing with environmental justice and sustainability issues.

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Coastal Conservatory

The “Coastal Conservatory: Listening for Coastal Futures” is an initiative of the University of Virginia that is integrating the arts and humanities into an investigation of how we might create new ways of experiencing, understanding, and ‘hearing’ the dynamics reshaping coasts.

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Dinner 2040

"Dinner 2040" follows a community collaboration in Maricopa County, Arizona, charting and planning the "future of food” twenty years in the future.

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Environmental Rephotography: Visually Mapping Time, Change and Experience

Environmental Rephotography” is exploring how visually mapping time, change and experience through the practice of repeat photography can contribute to deeper understanding of environmental change.

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Life Overlooked

"Life Overlooked" maps the relations of humans to other "overlooked" species.

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PLuS Alliance

The PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance project is creating, enabling and deploying innovative research and education linkages across three globally-focused universities to contribute to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of sustainability, global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

Observatory Affiliates

Community members, researchers and scholars.
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Joni Adamson

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Julie Anand

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Joan Baron

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Robert Boschman

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Ron Broglio

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Matthew Burtner

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Nalini Chhetri

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Netra Chhetri

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Maria Cruz-Torres

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Alycia de Mesa

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Elizabeth DeLoughrey

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Giovanna Di Chiro

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Hallie Eakin

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Stephanie Foote

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William Gleason

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Lisa Han

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