Visiting scholar will speak on humanities, environmental studies Sept. 29 at Ripon College

“The Environmental Humanities, the Sciences, and Environmental Justice: Reflections from the Crossroads,” a presentation by Rob Nixon, guest author and professor in the humanities and the environment, will be held Friday Sept. 29, at Ripon College.

The talk will be free and open to the public. It will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall 101, on campus. The sponsors are the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Ripon College.

Nixon will address how the humanities can enrich environmental studies, an interdisciplinary field long rooted in the sciences but also focused on the social, cultural and political issues that affect our relationship with nature. In particular, he will explain what the growing fields of environmental humanities and environmental justice can contribute to imagining more sustainable futures.

Since 2015, Rob Nixon has held the Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and Environment at Princeton University. For 15 years before that, he held the Rachel Carson Professorship in English and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is the author of four books: London Calling: V.S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin; Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood: South African Culture and the World Beyond; Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy; and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, winner of the American Book Award and numerous other awards, and selected by Choice as an outstanding scholarly book of 2012.

A frequent contributor for The New York Times, Nixon also has had work published in numerous periodicals and journals.

Nixon is the first distinguished visitor to speak at Ripon as part of a $150,000 Humanities Initiatives for Colleges and Universities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This three-year effort, led by Professor of History Brian Bockelman, is focused on strengthening humanities education at Ripon College by reimagining the subjects and methods of humanistic study for the 21st century and connecting faculty and students with cultural institutions across the southern Fox Valley region.

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