ASU, an Innovative Leader in the Environmental Humanities
The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) explores how history, literature, philosophy, religion, anthropology, ethnic studies, film, art, and music each serve as entry points to vibrant discussions about the complex relationships between people, place, and planet.
Networked through the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, the EHI seeks to facilitate broad participation of faculty, research scholars, and students from across the disciplines. We are exploring questions about what it means to be human amongst other species and how humans define and achieve equitable distribution of environmental goods and well-being. Environmental humanists explore how we define our obligations to future generations of (human and nonhuman) life on the planet.
Arizona State University is a recognized leader of innovation in higher education, and boasts the nation’s first School of Sustainability, housed within the Global Institute of the Sustainability and Innovation. Since the founding of the ASU Wrigley Institute in 2004, the humanities and arts have been recognized as an integral part of the sustainability sciences. Since 2008, the Institute for Humanities Research, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Center for Science and Imagination, the Climate Imagination Initiative, the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes, and the ASU Wrigley Institute have been actively networking to build collaborative strength in the environmental humanities through research, education, and outreach.
ASU’s Environmental Humanities leadership includes some of the founders of the field doing cutting-edge research. Several recent faculty hires have added some of the brightest new scholars in the field to this already stellar faculty. In education, ASU launched its undergraduate Environmental Humanities Certificate in 2009 and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses across the disciplines that allow students to explore the full interdisciplinary nature of interlinked social and environmental systems. In outreach, ASU regularly presents speaker series and conference programs that are open to the public.
ASU currently serves as the headquarters of the HfE North American Observatory and of the international Humanities for the Environment (HfE).