Conference Organizer

Annette Giesecke is Professor of Classics, Chair of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, and associated faculty of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. With a background in the art and literature of the classical world, she has written on a variety of subjects ranging from Epicurean philosophy and attitudes towards nature in the poetry of Homer and Virgil to the gardens of ancient Greece and Rome. She is contributor to and co-editor of EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (Black Dog Publishing) and author of The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden (Harvard University Press).

Program Committee

Committee Chair Naomi Jacobs is Professor of English at the University of Maine, Past President of the Society for Utopian Studies, and member of the Editorial Board for the journal Utopian Studies. She is author of The Character of Truth: Historical Figures in Contemporary Fiction (Southern Illinois UP, Crosscurrents in Modern Fiction Series) as well as of articles on British and American fiction from the 1680s to the 1990s, with a special interest in utopian and dystopian literature. Recent publications include an article on dissent and the body in Nineteen Eighty-Four, and a book chapter on the collaborative Utopia (1984) written by avant-garde poet Bernadette Mayer and her friends. Naomi is also contributor to and co-editor of EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (Black Dog Publishing)

Lynn Monahan is a registered dietitian and an assistant professor at West Chester University, where she teaches nutrition courses in both the undergraduate and M.P.H. graduate programs. Lynn's research interests are clinical nutrition, as it relates to endocrine disorders, and sustainable food systems. She currently leads sustainable, food-related efforts at WCU, sits on the Sustainability Advisory Council, has presented on sustainability topics at national conferences and organized a regional conference on infusing sustainability topics into higher education curriculum.

Architect and theorist Donald Dunham is Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Philadelphia University. His published projects include "Modulating a Dialogue between Architecture and Nature," in J. Gauer, ed. The New American Dream: Living Well in Small Homes (Monacelli) and "Inclusivity, Objectivity, and the Ideal: The Museum as Utopian Space", which received the 2011 International Award of Excellence from the Journal of the Inclusive Museum.