Natures is an annual interdisciplinary humanities conference hosted on the campus of La Sierra University in Riverside, California. Established in 2009 as a graduate student conference, the event broadened its invitation to include humanities scholars at all levels of their careers in 2013 in celebration of its fifth anniversary.
The name for the Natures conference arose from two convictions: (1) that the various disciplines housed in the humanities each have their own respective natures, perspectives, and techniques, but that communication between them is vital and (2) that the environment is emerging as a critical part of that discussion between humanities scholars.
The conference icon, a tree with curling branches and lightening bolt roots in a field of grass, is the work of Tiffany Hutabarat, a former English graduate student at La Sierra University and an organizer for the inaugural conference, who went on to study for her PhD in Humanities. The duality of the image, the variation in stroke styles, and the combination of the natural and textual reflect the aspirations of the graduate students who initiated the conference in 2009 as an event in which graduate scholars could go below the surface of their disciplines, find the connection between their lives as students and their futures as scholars, and express themselves as budding professionals.