The future of our environment is among the most pressing issues of our time. In 2022-23, URI’s Center for the Humanities is devoting its annual lecture series to the environmental humanities, a discipline that uses humanistic questions and methods to shed light on how we interpret our environment and envision its future. This yearlong series draws on the expertise of environmental historians, literary scholars, musicians and writers to demonstrate the role the humanities can play in understanding and addressing the urgent environmental questions of the day.
All events in the series are free and open to the public.
Watch this year’s events
- Slow Violence and Our Political Moment - Rob Nixon
- The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail - Jeffrey Bolster
- Indigenous Women’s Knowledge: Prairies, Power, and Plants - Rosalyn LaPier
- A Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams - Terry Tempest Williams
- Paths to Wildness - Gavin Van Horn - Center for Humans and Nature
- Go in the Wilderness: Black Spirituals and the Natural Environment - Jake Blount
- “A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Elizabeth Kolbert” - Elizabeth Kolbert - The New Yorker
The Center for the Humanities is grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Department of Music, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center, Honors Program, Office of the Provost, Office of Research and Economic Development, the Multicultural Student Services Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Hillel Center, and the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity for generously co-sponsoring this series.