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How the Humanities Power Efforts to Live Well (not Better)

Sustainability Series

Joni Adamson

  • Professor, English and Environmental Humanities, School of Letters and Sciences
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability

Typically, the story of the American Dream envisions higher standards of living for each succeeding generation. But when we examine the language of the declarations and manifestos being written around the world by environmental groups and networks, we typically hear calls for a story of another kind, one in which people seek to live well, not better.

In this talk, Adamson will discuss the role that stories, narratives, and networks play in empowering humans to imagine new approaches to sustainability, justice, progress, growth, wealth, and the common good.

Adamson is the author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism; co-editor of The Environmental Justice Reader; American Studies, Ecocriticism and Citizenship; and the forthcoming Keywords for Environmental Studies.

This lecture is co-sponsored by LightWorks.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:45 - 11:00 a.m.