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In These Times: A Humanities Program for Today - Climates of Opinion: Nature and Human Society

The Natural and the Human in Recent Short Fiction presented by Associate Professor Stephen Schottenfeld

At a moment when climate change compels us to address the impacts of human behavior on our environment, this segment of “In These Times: A Humanities Program for Today” explores various ways that people throughout history have envisioned their relationships to the natural world. On what basis did a drought seem a sign of God’s displeasure? Did unpopulated land offer an opportunity for spiritual renewal or a resource for the benefit of civilization? In what contexts were the poet, artist, and musician regarded as especially attuned to the sounds and sights of woods and water? Join University of Rochester faculty members to discuss these and other questions, including whether the categories of the human and the natural stand up to philosophical scrutiny altogether. Sessions will also be devoted to the dilemmas of the 21st century.

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Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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humanities, Sustainability, literary arts


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