Karen Holmberg is an archaeologist who specializes in volcanic contexts to examine the long-term experiences humans have had with environments that change unpredictably. She is interested in how the past can aid understanding of the environmental challenges and crises of the 21st century, particularly in the Global South. Holmberg is currently working on two book projects. The first, Mephistopheles on Mauna Loa: The Role of the Volcano in Climate Change, examines the role of the volcano in the haunted landscapes and global connections of the Anthropocene. The second book project, Personal Narratives of the Equinoctal, merges climate fiction, non-fiction, ethnography, and memoir to explore senses of place and belonging in contexts of radical environmental change. Holmberg is the Principal Investigator of a National Geographic funded project in Chaitén, Chile, that studies a rock art cave complex in Patagonia under a volcano that erupted unexpectedly in 2008. The transdisciplinary project examines the cultural heritage and geological heritage of the rock art caves in relation to modern houses preserved by the 2008 disaster. Scientific data are sought but a concomitant goal is to help provide a sustainable economic base for local residents as they continue to resettle the town. Holmberg received her PhD from Columbia University after which she taught at Brown and Stanford Universities. Her doctoral work was funded by Fulbright, Mellon, and Wenner-Gren awards. She is the recent recipient of a Creating Earth Futures award from the Geohumanities Centre of Royal Holloway University and the Leverhulme Trust for an art-science collaboration, Imaginary Explosions. She has also received a Make Our Planet Great Again award to collaborate with the Laboratoire de Géographie Physique at the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris for the project, “Geoknowledge, environmental change, and volcanic eruption: the use of the past to inform the future.”
Colby Jordan Mugrabi
Colby Jordan Mugrabi is the founder and creative director of Minnie Muse; a digital-digest offering original content focused on the cross-pollination of creative fields throughout history, including art, fashion, design and architecture. Colby grew up in Chicago, Illinois and moved to New York City in 2011 to attend the Gallatin School at NYU, where she majored in art history and fashion business. After graduating in 2015, Colby, eager to continue satisfying her thirst for knowledge and discovery, launched Minnie Muse in November 2017. Today, Colby lives and works in New York City, focusing her time on researching, developing and writing all original content presented on Minnie Muse, as well as on collaborative projects for a number of publications, retailers, brands and institutions within fashion and the creative arts. Colby is currently a contributor to W Magazine and Architectural Digest, as well as an active member of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, Colby serves on the Film & Video Committee at the Whitney Museum of Art as well as on the board of The Shed, a multi-disciplinary arts center located in New York City’s Hudson Yards set to open in spring of 2019.