"Remember, in this new era, nature is us."
-Paul J. Crutzen & Christian Schwägerl

At PPEH, we are working to actively shape a new normal, one that will challenge traditional thought on sustainability and the environment. This academic year (2015-2016), we are hosting events grouped around five key terms that help to consider what a curriculum for this new normal looks like.

Connecting the natural sciences and the humanities, leading scholars consider together the role of the environmental humanities in the academy and the desirability of translating academic discussions to general audiences.



Was environmentalism born out of religion? What is the intersection of faith and environmentalism? What can faith teach us about the environmental movement and how can it be a force to leverage in the fight for sustainability? How should the "Ecofaith" develop and what challenges does it present?


How do avant garde theater, social protest, and climate change communication intersect? How can theater be utilized as an additional resource in the communication of a sustainable culture? What common challenges faced by theater and climate change movements exist and how can the two work together to overcome these challenges?

Read about our event here and here!


What does the preservation of forest canopies teach us about our own preservation? How can the stories of resilient plants serve as examples for our own resilience? What is the role of citizenship and the citizen in both scientific and non-scientific projects and how is that role changing?


What infrastructures do we need to design sustainability? How are the physical, digital, and intellectual infrastructures of society adapting to the new challenges and how can innovations here power more symbiotic living?


How can we reimagine environmental health as public health? How do public health lessons inform the environmental movement? How do and should we represent the environment in film and what impacts can we expect from those representations?



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