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How the Humanities Can Save the Planet: The End of the World As We Know It

Environmental Humanities

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Professor and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford University

Sir Jonathan Bate is an acclaimed biographer, broadcaster, critic, and Shakespearean scholar from Oxford University.

In almost every culture of the world, there is a myth of how one day, a time of catastrophe will come when some powerful force precipitates an apocalypse that will bring an end to our species and our environment. During the last 200 years, that narrative has equated to ecological catastrophe. In his talk, Bate expounds on how the humanities can help us to understand this narrative and apply it to the present and immediate future in which global challenges have the potential to destroy the world as we know it.

Following the talk, please join us for a dessert reception, where Sir Jonathan will sign copies of his book, Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind (2016).

This is the second talk of the “How the Humanities Can Save the Planet” lecture series, which focuses on how humanities thought can help generate imaginative solutions to environmental concerns.

To register for the first talk on Wednesday, January 16th, RSVP here.
To register for the third talk on Wednesday, February 20th, RSVP here.

While we encourage alternative modes of transportation, parking is free and available in front of Changing Hands Bookstore.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.