Sverker Sörlin Keynote: The Future of Humanity and the Future of the Humanities

  • Houston Hall, Ben Franklin 218 3417 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States

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Sverker Sörlin

Sverker Sörlin

PPEH and the Perry World House are delighted to host Sverker Sörlin, professor of Environmental History at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Sörlin's work examines the environmental turn in the humanities as well as the scientific politics of climate change through the lens of glaciology. Sörlin co-edited The Future of Nature (Yale UP 2013) and is currently at work on a project that tracks how Arctic climate change travels through media and politics. 

Steven J. Fluharty

Steven J. Fluharty

On Tuesday, March 29, Sörlin will give a keynote lecture on "The Future of Humanity – and the Future of Humanities:
Planetary Transformation Agendas and the University in the Anthropocene." This keynote will be followed by a moderated discussion between Sörlin and Penn SAS Dean Steven J. Fluharty on the Knowledge Infrastructures needed to meet Anthropocene challenges. 

Sörlin's keynote lecture will think through the intersection of infrastructure and planetary sustainability. Infrastructures inherited from the past have often been seen as constraints or burdens that demand expensive upkeep and limit our choices and ability to imagine new and creative solutions for the future. How can we transform existing infrastructure into resources for social justice, environmental sustainability and economic growth? What new physical, technological, social and cultural infrastructures are needed for a sustainable future? These questions demand interdisciplinary collaboration and global perspective. 

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