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William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand how we depend on the ecosystems around us and, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work.
PEI Barron Fellow, Jenny Price, discusses lessons drawn from the extinction of the passenger pigeon on BackStory, a public radio show covering contemporary issues through a historical lens.
As an environmentalist, an historian, an Urban Ranger, and a comedic writer, Jenny Price comes to Princeton University with a unique set of expertise and interests.
It’s a musical. It’s also a multi-media performance piece and a contemporary thriller. Both entertaining and informative, The Great Immensity is at the nexus of science and art.
Apr 16, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Guyot Hall Room 10 How many environmentalists does it take to screw in a light bulb? That’s not funny!—but why so serious? Join 3 irreverent environmentalists for a rollicking, knee-slapping, 83%-funny discussion of why environmentalism isn’t funny—and why it so desperately (seriously!) needs to acquire a sense of humor. Saving the planet optional. Performances included. Yoram Bauman is “the world’s
The rise of postcolonial ecocriticism has resulted in an expanded discussion about how we theorize the relationship between people and place. This talk addresses the depiction of soil in rather literal and material terms by exploring how Caribbean artists and writers have called attention to the political and the aesthetic implications of making dirt, or waste, visible. Symbolically speaking, waste is a remainder, and can be understood as the uncanny, as deteriorating matter, as a figure of natu
Jenny Price has been co-appointed by PEI and the Lewis Center for the Arts as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities.
Princeton University is seeking applications from distinguished candidates with demonstrated excellence in scholarship and teaching at the intersection of humanities and the environment.
Panel of current and former Barron Fellows discussing the field of Environmental Humanities. Rarely do photographers, artistic directors, musicians, novelists, poets, scientists, engineers, and scholars in religion, philosophy, and literature come together for two full-days to explore an emerging field of mutual interest. Such a unique gathering took place during Princeton University’s conference “Environmental Humanities in a Changing World.” Stephen W. Pacala, the
This two-day conference assembled leaders from a range of fields in the environmental humanities and prominent artists producing work with environmental import.
Growing up on a farm in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and witnessing the dramatic loss of farmland to housing developments and shopping malls ignited visiting professor Ken Hiltner's early and life-long interest in the environment which he later married with his passion for English literature. "My initial interest in the environment comes from growing up on my family's farm in southern New Jersey where I gained an appreciation for open-space," said Hiltner. "Sadly, the landscape
Fifty years ago, C. P. Snow delivered a famous lecture on "The Two Cultures," the sciences and the humanities. Visting Barron Professor Ken Hiltner examines whether these two cultures can coexist and work together today.
Environmental awareness comes in many forms. Often, it is shaped by an understanding of science or public policy, but it also can be informed by religion.  Rarely, however, do all three of these perspectives intersect at once—and that is the challenge two Yale University professors, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, have been addressing for the past three decades. Tucker and Grim’s course “Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology” illustrates how religion, spirituality,
Tucker and Grim, members of Yale’s faculty and visitors at Princeton this semester, are pioneers in the nascent field of "Religion and Ecology," established around 15 years ago.
Visiting professors at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, teach World Religions and Ecology at Yale University.
PEI visiting faculty members, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, will present and discuss their Emmy Award winning film (50 minutes), Journey of the Universe.
PEI recruits outstanding academic scholars with relevant expertise to Princeton with opportunities to contribute to PEI's research and teaching programs.
As the flurry of the spring semester winds down with term papers written, exams taken, and graduations and reunions commemorated, it is a time for celebration, reflection, and new beginnings.
According to Iain Couzin, PEI associated faculty member, animals’ coordination and cooperation can teach us about human behavior — and even our voting patterns.
The course examines the many links between environment and development in the United States.
Princeton University had one winner this year, Ashley Eberhart ’13, who is a politics major and is pursuing three certificates in environmental, urban, and American studies.
Congratulations to Dora Huang ’13, Tristan Perez ’14, and Hannah Safford ’13.
The experiences of these students, as well as that of interns before them, have created lasting impressions and deepened their academic and personal goals.
Lars Hedin, Director of the Program in Environmental Studies (ENV Program), charts a new course
In this outgrowth of the original course, Cullen and Lemonick review how, even in light of the vast media attention given this subject, many people are still ill-informed and skeptical about climate change.
"People are part of the climate system: not only are we consumers of fossil fuels and removers of forests, but we also interact with the information about the consequences of our actions in ways that, although complex and sometimes counter-intuitive, can be understood with the help of disciplines that study how we tick.' says Robert Socolow.
An interview with Emmanuel Kreike, associate professor of history, Princeton University.
The paper Climate change: helping nature survive the human response, published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters, looks at efforts to both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and potential action that could be taken by people to adapt to a changed climate and assesses the potential impact that these could have on global ecosystems.
This has been one of PEI's most enterprising years. We are pleased to share our exciting news with faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends.
In a collaboration melding art with science, climate researchers and other members of the Princeton University community joined forces with The Civilians to help create a work-in-progress about global climate change.
Using ENV 307as a foundation.
Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor.
While exploring the Panama Canal in a small tourist boat, Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman were startled by a massive container ship suddenly passing by, rocking them violently in its wake. Painted on the hull in Chinese characters, its name was boldly inscribed as "The Great Immensity."
Students flipping through the course catalog this year may have wondered what a course cross-listed in Atelier, environmental science and theater entailed.
Though experts may dispute the role of human activity in climate change, evidence is mounting that temperatures and sea levels are rising.
At PEI we are approaching 2010 with a fresh sense of optimism. The Institute is strong and vital, as this issue of PEI News clearly illustrates.
The Gulf region relies upon foreign sources for 60% of its food supply. Agriculture in this region is declining.
Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor.
When the more than 100 students completed internships this summer, they had at least one more commitment.
Regarding his plans for the Oil, Energy and Middle East Initiative, teaching and research.
On June 1, 2009, PEI held it's 15th annual Class Day celebration.
Barmeier is among the 32 American college students who won the prestigious fellowships, which fund two or three years of study in England.
In the fall of 2009, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Lewis Center for the Arts initiated a yearlong collaborative project lying at the intersection of the environment and the performing arts.
When the more than 100 students who completed internships this summer through the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Grand Challenges Program returned to campus, they had at least one more commitment. As a culminating experience, they were required to report on what they learned during their experiences with faculty, research labs, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations and industry enterprises in more than 20 countries. On two Fridays this fall,
On September 25, 2009, The Princeton Environmental Institute held its second annual Summer of Learning Symposium.
Filling the ENV lab to capacity, the enthusiastic students were eager to learn how to incorporate environmental studies into their undergraduate coursework.
The 2008 - 2009 Ethics and Climate Change (ECC) Lecture Series appeared on iTunes U, UChannel, and YouTube, and over 10,000 people viewed or downloaded the lectures from these sites.
The second round of initiatives seeking to improve sustainability on Princeton's campus have been funded under the auspices of the University's Sustainability Plan.
The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) will host a symposium and conference Wednesday through Friday, April 29-May 1, to address challenges related to agriculture and climate change as the global population expands.
Grand Challenges collaborations focus on development, energy, health solutions.
An interdisciplinary group of scholars will examine the ethical dimensions of the challenge presented by climate change in a fall lecture series sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the University Center for Human Values.
A conference on environmental justice scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, April 28-29, will cap a yearlong collaboration between the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Center for African American Studies that has enabled Princeton students and scholars to thoroughly explore the topic.
Several days into their spring break, 14 Princeton students found themselves in the middle of the Arizona desert, with nighttime temperatures in the 30s and no running water or electricity.
Humanity can't go on like this. Earth's climate is shifting, and it is all but certainly civilization's fault for burning fossil fuels and spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Princeton faculty members have been invited to submit proposals by Monday, Sept. 17, for seed grants for projects under a new teaching and research program focused on important issues that share dominant environmental, political, social and engineering dimensions
Ruthie Schwab, Ben Elga and Diana Bonaccorsi are spending their summer among rows of aromatic herbs, lines of leafy greens and mounds of sprouting vegetables, all contained in a small patch of land behind the University's Forbes College.
The earth is growing warmer, thanks to elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases, and the vast majority of scientists now believe that human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is primarily responsible.