Talks & Events


Wednesday, September 16: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Wednesday, June 3: Person Place Thing (live podcast recording) / Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage, DSNY / RSVP link TK

May: On Containment Conference / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Saturday, April 18: Northeast Anthropological Association (Keynote), Monmouth University, NJ

Thursday, April 2: Subaltern Urbanisms Colloquium, Columbia University

Thursday, February 13: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson


Autumn: Presentations to new hires and newly promoted officers, New York City Department of Sanitation

November 20: Rodent Control Academy / New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, New York

May 1: Rodent Control Academy / New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, New York

April 2: Discussant for “The Consequences of Consumption: Waste Management in the Global South” — talk by Simonetta Tunesi, NYU

January 10: Day-long symposium,  Academy for Teachers


November 8: St. John’s University, Queens, NY

October 27: NYU Alumni Day

October 18: Friends Seminary, New York

September 5: Unteachables / Caveat, New York

June 28: Reclaiming Urban Heritage: Forgotten Legacies of Deliberate Geography / Interrogating the Urban / NYU Liberal Studies Summer Symposium / Florence, Italy

June 21: ThoughtMatter Summer Salon / NYC

May 8: New York at Its Core: The Archaeology / Museum of the City of New York

May 2: Rodent Control Academy / New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, New York

April 28: Walking tour of Dead Horse Bay / City Reliquary Museum

April 3: Leadership and the Environment / New York University

March 23: Confrontations with Ephemeral Permanence / Environments of Modernity Conference, Slought Foundation/University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

March 8: Science of the Living City / Pace University, New York


December 12: Victory Boulevard, For Real / Freshkills Park Field R/D, Sunview Luncheonette, Brooklyn

December 1: Epistemological Hazards of Curbside Recycling in the Anthropocene / American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Washington DC

November 18: Shifting the Flow. Freegan Meeting, Judson Church Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson Street, New York

November 6: Presentation to the Sanitation Retirees Association, Staten Island, NY

October 25: Canadian Waste to Resource Conference, Keynote Speaker / Niagara Falls, Ontario

October 19: NYU Liberal Studies Global Lecture Series with China Miéville and Samuel Delany (co-moderator, with Heather Masri) / New York University

October 17: Rodent Control Academy / New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, New York

October 14: Staten Island Transfer Station tour (co-host) / Open House New York Weekend

October 4: Guides Association of New York City / The Bronx

August 21: A Brief History of New York’s Department of Sanitation / DSNY Safety & Training Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

June 21: Waste Waterways Boat Tour (co-host & guide) / Open House New York

June 3: Closet Archaeology Exhibition Opening / City Reliquary Museum

May 18: Durst Organization Leadership Retreat / 4 Times Square, New York

May 1: New York City’s Dis-Contents / Getting to Zero, Open House New York / SVA Theater, 333 W 23 St

April 6: Educating for Sustainability / New York University

March 28: Zero Waste Roundtable II / New York City Department of Sanitation

March 26: Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage (with Nelson Molina) / Open House New York

February 27: Open House New York Board of Directors / 1133 Broadway, New York


December 16: Commissioners’ Luncheon / City Hall, New York

December 11: Educators’ Seminar Day Keynote Address / Museum of the City of New York

November 21: Moderating Our Pesky Neighbors, Part 3: Rats / Brooklyn Historical Society

November 13: Moderating a Zero-Waste Roundtable I / Queens Museum

October 9: Chinatown Walk & Talk with artist Jean Shin, sponsored by City as Living Laboratory / Chatham Square in Lower Manhattan

October 6: Untold Stories: Sanitation & the September 11 Response / 9/11 Tribute Center, 120 Liberty Street, New York

June 23: Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series / The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, New York (link opens to a video of the talk)

June 10: Lunch and Learn lecture series, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

June 7: Fireside Chat, on behalf of the Museum of the City of New York

April 21: Earth Month Celebration (with Nelson Molina) / Material for the Arts, New York

April 14: Recycling as Faith Practice / College of the Environment, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

March 8: NYU in Ft. Lauderdale / Ft. Lauderdale Country Club, Plantation, FL

February 29: On Becoming a Scholar of Trash / University of Maryland-College Park

February 4: Sagan National Colloquium / Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

January 14: Say It Ain’t Snow! How New York Battles Winter in the Village & Beyond / Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, New York


December 2: The City Reliquary presents Collector’s Night 2015 (with Nelson Molina) / Brooklyn Historical Society

November 18: The Wonder of Waste: Urban Legacies of Collective Forgetfulness / College of Arts and Science Bentson Dean’s Lecture, New York University

November 13: Waste, Sustainability, Environment / Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

October 29: Cultural Heritage and the Wonders of Waste / Smith College, Northampton, MA

October 17 & 18: DSNY Facility Tours: Central Repair Shop, Hamilton Avenue Transfer Station, Manhattan 11 Garage / Open House New York Weekend

September 17: How Brooklyn Works: Trash Pick-up (with DSNY guests) / Brooklyn Historical Society

August 17: Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation / Final lecture in the series Garbage & the City, sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Academy of Medicine, and ARCHIVE Global

July 22: How Street Cleaners Saved the City / Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

July 14: Urban Hygiene & Neglected History / Montclair State University, NJ

June 24: Time~Trash~Treasure: The Challenges of Dead Horse Bay / 5 Gyres, Gateway Marina, Brooklyn

June 10: Game-Changing Initiatives for Solid Waste in New York City / NYS SWANA, Cooper Union

May 5: Rodent Control Academy / NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, NYC

March 7: Producing Waste, Producing Space / School of Architecture, Princeton University

January 13: Solid Waste & Collective Forgetfulness / Open House New York


November 24: Waste Infrastructure as Cultural Heritage / Marymount Manhattan College

October 30: Moral Hygiene & Urban Infrastructure / Barnard College

October 15: How Brooms Let Light into the Slum / Tenement Museum

October 11 & 12: DSNY Facility Tours, Open House New York Weekend

October 10: A Brief History of the DSNY / Sanitation Training Center, Brooklyn

October 9: The Truth in Trash / Q Commons

October 8: Board of Overseers, Graduate School of Arts and Science / NYU

August 12: Getting It Up & Getting It Down / Keynote address, Oral History Summer Institute / Regional Oral History Office, UC-Berkeley

July 17: Go with the Flow: Sanitation & New York’s Waterways / Greenwich Village Society for History Preservation, NYC

June 18: Getting Wasted: The Future of NYC Garbage and Its Impact on Our Urban Environment / Center for Architecture, NYC

May 17: Streets of the Future: The Great Urban Debate  / Panel discussion sponsored by Gizmodo, NYC

May 7: Rodent Control Academy / NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street

April 24: unCOMMON Salon Series @ the Research Commons  / Bobst Library, NYU

March 20: Invisible Trash: Exploring New York City’s Garbage / Atlas Obscura, Brooklyn, NY

March 13: Cityscapes Seminar / Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

February 27: Department of Anthropology, Temple University

February 26: Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

February 5: Keep America Beautiful National Conference / Charlotte, NC

January 30: Winter’s Here? Snow Way! / Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, NYC

January 8: Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board / One Bryant Park, NYC


December 6: Urban Futures: Ethnographies & Histories / Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

December 5: Humanities Initiative at NYU (with DSNY Commissioner John Doherty)

November 25: Bookbug Bookstore / Kalamazoo, MI

November 24: American Anthropological Association Annual Conference / Chicago, IL

November 14: Center for Urban Environmental Reform / CUNY Law School

October 28-29: Wabash College / Crawfordsville, IN

October 24: New York Public Library / Mid-Manhattan Branch, 455 Fifth Avenue, NYC

October 10: National Writers Union / Live webcast interview

October 3: Civic Service Forum / Parsons The New School, NYC

September 29: Freshkills Sneak Peak / Freshkills Stories Oral History; walking tour, Freshkills Park, Staten Island, NYC

September 26: How Sanitation Saved New York / 80 Lafayette Residence Hall, NYU

September 24: History of NYC Sanitation / 300 West Block Association, St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church, NYC

September 20: TED Talk / The Times Center, NYC

August 13: Trash Talk: An Evening with NYC Sanitation / Museum of the City of New York

July 18: “You Can’t Dump That Here!” A History of Sanitation in New York / Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, NYC

June 12: Citizens Budget Commission / 33 West 81 Street, NYC

April 29: Commentator, “Trash Dance” documentary film / reRun Theater, Brooklyn & April 25, Monroe Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC

March 28: Celebrating the Women of Sanitation / Municipal Building, 1 Center Street, NYC

March 26: Rodent Control Academy / Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 125 Worth Street, NYC