The Altman Fellows Program is the signature program of the Miami University Humanities Center. Its goal is to foster collaboration, pedagogical innovation, and new research across the humanities at Miami. More at http://www.units.miamioh.edu/humanitiescenter/
The 2014-15 Altman Program unites dozens of faculty, students, distinguished visitors, alumni, and community members in order to explore the pressing environmental issues enveloped by the Anthropocene. Over the course of one year, we have explored the ideas of the Anthropocene and how these issues transform the way we relate to, use, and value the planet. We have investigated how this new epoch could reframe longstanding distinctions between human history and natural history. We also want to analyze how social institutions, cultural practices, and cultural forms -including images, narratives, and media more generally- effect environmental processes. Additionally, we have striven to uncover how history, cultural criticism, philosophy, and political ecology shape our understandings of the current planetary crisis. And finally, we want to understand how the Anthropocene prompts us to build bridges between the humanities and the sciences to imagine a sustainable future for the Earth.
“In the end, students are going to be the main drivers of what happens… and you have the right, I think, to demand things of change.” Claire Kremen is a professor of Arthropod Biodiversity at the University of California Berkeley.
“We need to write history in the space between humans and things.” In his lecture Humans and Things in Deep Time, Daniel Lord Smail brought a framework to talking about the Anthropocene that we had yet to see up
“I have seen what human desire can do and I really believe in the power of humans to figure out things.” Janisse Ray is an accomplished writer who has published three incredibly successful books. The first, Ecology of a
Dale Jamieson is a jack-of-all trades, a Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, an affiliate Professor of Law, and the director of the Environmental Studies Program at the New York University School of Law. Combining his dedication to environmental values
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