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The Role of the Environmental Humanities in Our Future, Ken Hiltner

"Environmentally, what can I do to help?" This question, which many people ask themselves, can sometimes be satisfied with a simple and direct answer, such as consume less and recycle more. Some people, however, are looking for different sorts of answers, as they interpret this question vocationally: If I were to devote all or part of my life to helping environmentally, what could I do? One answer (and a very good one) would be to study environmental science and tackle issues like species loss and climate change directly as a scientist. But what if your interests and talent lie elsewhere? For example, in art, poetry, or music? What can you do to help, environmentally? Alternately, what if you are not an artist, but nonetheless still interested in the humanities—for example, in philosophy, religion, politics, history, or literary study - what can you do to help?

If you have an interest in the humanities and have ever pondered the opening question vocationally, this talk is for you. In practical terms, the talk will explore what sort of careers and university majors are available in the environmental humanities. As it is open to the general public, the talk is also intended to serve as an introduction to the various fields that comprise the environmental humanities.

The talk will be the inaugural episode of The Environmental Humanities Podcast series. In future episodes, Ken Hiltner will interview artists, poets, musicians, and leading scholars in the environmental humanities in order to explore what they are doing to help environmentally. The talk will also be a live, online webinar, which will allow Princeton alumni from around the world to participate and ask questions.

Location: Guyot Hall Room 10

Date/Time: 03/26/13 at 4:30 pm - 03/26/13 at 6:00 pm

Category: Sponsored & Affiliated Events

Department: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)