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Symptoms Of Crisis: “Climate Change and the Virtues of Pessimism”

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Cosponsored by Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Levis Faculty Center, Room 108
Sep 23, 2021   7:30 pm  
Roy Scranton (English and Environmental Humanities Initiative, University of Notre Dame )
Humanities Research Institute
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Roy Scranton presents the talk "Climate Change and the Virtues of Pessimism." Join us in person at Levis Faculty Center (Room 108) or watch the event live on YouTube at

Scranton is the author of five books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, the monograph Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel War Porn. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He won the Theresa A. White Literary Award for short fiction (2009), was the recipient of a Mrs. Giles G. Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2014–2015), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (2016), and was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in Fiction (2017).

He is an associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches creative writing and environmental humanities, and is the Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative.

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