Environmental Humanities

Spring 2016

The Center for the Humanities at NYU is pleased to announce a series of events addressing the Environmental Humanities. Convening conversations already taking place among faculty across NYU’s campuses and beyond, the environmental humanities interweave the University’s sustainability initiatives with established and emerging academic fields in environmentalism and ecology (including the Animal Studies Initiative within the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Food Studies, and English Literature).

The environmental humanities are a quickly evolving interdisciplinary movement that combines research from the social and natural sciences with the humanities. Scholars, writers, filmmakers, and others active in this field seek new modes for communicating research and are deeply invested in the public’s input on issues ranging from environmental justice to climate change, food security, economic sustainability, and animal welfare and rights. In several of its units NYU fosters humanistic scholarship that underlines the importance of adequately and responsibly representing research about the environment and that critically considers the ethics and aesthetics of politicizing nature. The environmental humanities events at the Center thus deepen a dialogue with other faculty-driven initiatives across campus.

On Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 (5-7pm) we are excited to welcome to NYU Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and staff writer for The New Yorker, in conversation with Professor Eric Klinenberg (NYU Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge), to talk about environmental catastrophes.

On Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 (5-7pm), you’re cordially invited to a Q&A panel with the directors and producers of Cowspiracy (now streaming on Netflix): Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn.

For their support and suggestions on this open-ended series we thank the Institute for Public Knowledge; Una Chaudhuri, Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies; Colin Jerolmack, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Director of Animal Studies Initiative; and NYU Sustainability. Co-facilitators include Vice Provost of Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity, Professor Ulrich Baer; Director of the Center for the Humanities, Gwynneth C. Malin, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Provost, Yanoula Athanassakis.

Event list:

February 10th, 5-7pm. “Disaster and Environmental Justice.”
Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Eric Klinenberg.
Introduced by Ulrich C. Baer

March 8th, 5-7pm. “Food and Animals.”
A conversation with directors and producers of the film, Cowspiracy, Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn.
Introduced by Gwynneth Malin

March 22nd, 5-7pm. “Vegan Athletes.”
David Carter, Rich Roll, Dominick Thompson, and Michelle McMacken (MD).
Moderated by Yanoula Athanassakis
Introduced by Nicolas Delon