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What Literature Is Good For

This event is part of Princeton Environmental Institute series: What Arts & Humanities Are Good For

Moderator — Jenny Price, PEI, Princeton University

Rob Nixon, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephanie Lemenager,  English, University of Oregon
William Gleason,  English, Princeton University

Response — Lars Hedin, EEB, Princeton University

Audience: free and open to the public

Location: Location: TBD

Date/Time: 10/16/14 at 4:30 pm - 10/16/14 at 6:00 pm

Is the climate warming at a terrifying pace? Are toxins leaking into the groundwater? Do our cities have wide, gaping food deserts? In the second event of the What Arts & Humanities Are Good For series, we’ll ask how we can deploy the essential insights and methods of Literature to tackle urgent environmental issues.

What is Literature good for? How can it help us see and imagine environmental consequences that happen slowly, elsewhere, or over long periods of time? How can literary analysis shine light on environmental rhetoric—how we understand and articulate and care about environmental problems—and then deploy that perspective to explore more effective ways of thinking and talking? And how might Literature help us envision and think about the future--and thereby make it seem less inevitable?

Join us as we explore these questions and more. How, exactly, can Literature help us envision and enact more livable and sustainable places and more effective and equitable environmental practices?

Category: Conferences & Lecture Series

Department: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)