This presentation will explore the ways in which American writers and artists are now translating the science of climate change into imaginative forms that can help prepare us for life in a very different world.
In a world increasingly characterized by the effects of climate disruption—political,
environmental, economic, and social—it should come as no surprise that our writers and artists are ready to help us imagine the personal and collective implications of what the science has to say. Some emphasize the urgency of our predicament through public art activism or in a genre of literature called climate fiction (“cli-fi”). Others commemorate what’s already been lost or bear witness to the ongoing destruction. Some prefer to nurture the capacity of people to rise to the extraordinary challenges ahead by celebrating the possibilities of the Great Transition from the end of the Petroleum Age into a new period of human history.
This public lecture and conversation with Dr. Christensen will also serve as the first meeting of Dr. Fesmire’s 1-credit “Environmental Justice and Climate Change” course (Feb/March 2017). The event is co-sponsored by GMC Philosophy, GMC English, and GMC MSRC.