AU Press Releases

Focus of environmental talk to be on ‘Traditional/Non-traditional Home’

Ann Holley, a second-year graduate student at Alfred University, will host the next Environmental Studies seminar with a discussion titled, “ProtoHaus: A Traditional/Non-traditional Home.”

The lecture will take place on Friday, Nov. 13, at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (room 247), the Science Center, on the Alfred University Campus.

Holley is completing a master of fine arts degree in the sculpture and dimensional studies program; she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from AU in 200r.

Originally from Colorado, before applying to graduate school Holley spent time making gallery work and pursuing community-oriented art education. With her ProtoHaus project, Holley seeks to unite her interests in ecological sensitivity, social equality, financial freedom, construction, education and sculpture under the heading of “Alternative Living Systems.”

Holley and her husband are spending the academic year living in the 150-square-foot house called Protohaus. The completely self-contained house is both a work of art and an environmental project. It’s featured in the Sept. 28 online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Environmental Studies Seminar series is held every Friday during the fall semester when the University is in session. All the lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Division of Environmental Studies within Alfred University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the series brings a range of speakers to the campus, including scientists, activists, and policy-makers, with the mission to better understand our environment and what we can do to better sustain our world.