When: Thu., Feb. 25, 7 p.m. 2016
THURSDAY, FEB. 25
In After Nature, Jedediah Purdy looks at the current environmental crisis through the lens of American cultural and political history with a focus on moments when the battle over a "widely shared goal," such as gender equality or the effort to overcome racism, was fought and won in the political arena. Politics may be the engine to drive the change, but Purdy believes what's required is a fundamental reordering of our relationship with the nonhuman world. While he argues that we have lost our connection to nature, Purdy points to past struggles as proof that a moral rewiring can occur, even in our present age—the Anthropocene, or age of humans. Joining Purdy is fellow Duke law professor Jonathan B. Wiener, whose most recent book examines regulatory responses to manmade catastrophes both nuclear and financial. If this sounds like heady stuff, it is. The conversation promises to be lively.
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