Osher Lecture - Environmental Humanities: Present and Future
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We’re continuing the intriguing topics this week as Professor Matthew Herbst provides a thought-provoking lecture on “Environmental Humanities: Present and Future.”  This video will be available for viewing online now through Sunday, July 12.

Click here to access this week’s free video lecture: Environmental Humanities: Present and Future

This series explores historical and cultural perspectives on the human relationship with the natural world, from prehistory to the present, and considers plausible futures for both. The natural environment has been a driving force in the development of human societies, evident in creation myths from around the world as well as in literature, from the world’s oldest tale, the Epic of Gilgamesh, to contemporary authors, such as Cormac McCarthy and UCSD alum Kim Stanley Robinson. The series draws from ancient and classical civilizations, indigenous and aboriginal perspectives, as well as contemporary societies. A historical reflection can offer meaningful insight into the present as well as potential futures.

Environmental Humanities: Present and Future is the final lecture in the series that focuses on human relationships in the natural world from a twentieth and twenty-first-century era perspective while focusing on the overshadowing of expanding population, global pollution, resource depletion, mass extinction, and of course, climate change. In addition, how do AI, transhumanism, and the ongoing project to establish a human colony beyond Earth affect environmental concern for the earth?  Log in to hear and contemplate these important topics.

Presenter: Matthew T. Herbst directs Making of the Modern World, a general education world history program at UC San Diego, and is affiliated faculty in the Department of History and the Classical Studies Program. He also teaches in Environmental Studies. He has led world-history programs abroad and has offered two dozen environmental-humanities seminars in the deserts and mountains of Southern California in partnership with UCSD’s Outback Adventures.

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