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INAUGURAL LECTURE: Should We Welcome the Anthropocene?

October 30, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Ken Hiltner (English and Environmental Studies, UCSB)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

It is now clear that our planet is being impacted on a global scale by a range of human activities – climate change being a prime example. With this realization, comes another: that we have arguably entered a new geological era dominated by human beings, the Anthropocene. While it is often suggested that we should recoil from the Anthropocene and attempt to return the planet to a state comparable to what it was before widescale anthropogenic change, in this provocative talk Ken Hiltner asks whether we should instead welcome the Anthropocene.

Hiltner is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, where he holds appointments in both the English and Environmental Studies Departments. In 2012-13, he taught at Princeton University as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities. Hiltner received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he garnered a number of distinctions, including the Bowdoin Prize. He has written five books and numerous articles engaging with the environmental humanities. The recent Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment notes that Hiltner wrote the first “academic article directly on the topic of climate change ever to appear in the leading ecocritical journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.” Hiltner has served as the Director of UCSB’s Literature and the Environment Center, its Early Modern Center, and the English Department’s graduate program. He is currently the Director of UCSB’s Environmental Humanities Center.

Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Center and the IHC series The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities.

 

Event Details

  • Organizer/Sponsor: Environmental Humanities Center and the IHC series The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities.
  • Starts: October 30, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
  • Website: http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/welcome-the-anthropocene/
  • Sponsors: Environmental Humanities Center and the IHC series The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities.