Dean Fluharty Among Presenters at Environmental Humanities Event

March 28, 2016

A collective of faculty and students, with other scholars, artists and scientists near campus and beyond, are working together in the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities not only to raise awareness but also to increase engagement in the emerging field of environmental humanities. This spring the PPEH 2015-16 “Curriculum for the New Normal” series of events continues with lectures, forums, and field trips to address global-warming topics.

"For decades, scientists have known that global warming endangers humans'—and many other species'—futures," says Bethany Wiggin, founding director of the PPEH and an associate professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. "We have in effect endangered ourselves. But despite years of consensus in the scientific community, the factual story of our warming planet has only recently found an audience.”

As part of the “Curriculum for the New Normal” slate of programs, Sverker Sörlin, professor of environmental history at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, will give a public lecture, "The Future of Humanity — and the Future of Humanities: Planetary Transformation Agendas and the University in the Anthropocene” on March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Houston Hall’s Ben Franklin Room. Steven Fluharty, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, will join Sörlin in a moderated discussion afterwards on "Knowledge Infrastructures for the Anthropocene.” The program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by PPEH, the Perry World House at Penn, the Green Campus Partnership, and the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

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