Ken Hiltner, “Climate Humanists”

We invite participants to leave questions using the “Reply” function at the bottom of this page. Dr. Hiltner will address questions in the November 30 live Q&A session.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ken Hiltner is professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served as the Director of the Literature and the Environment Center, Director of the Early Modern Center, and Chair of the Graduate Program. He is the author of Milton and Ecology (Cambridge 2002) and the editor of  Renaissance Ecology: Imagining Eden in Milton’s England (Duquesne University Press 2007). He is the Director of UCSB’s Environmental Humanities Initiative, and he has developed the “nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conference model,” upon which this mini-conference is based.


One thought on “Ken Hiltner, “Climate Humanists”

  1. Ken: quite understandably, you contrast culture with nature. In some senses, it is difficult not to draw that and other dichotomies (human v. animal, society v. nature, etc.); they are very useful concepts. However, such dichotomies have been subjected to intense criticism, both within the humanities, certain social sciences, and even the broader culture (e.g., Pope Francis has done so). How critical is the contrast to the climate humanities? Is it a merely pragmatic distinction, or is it meant to disclose a more fundamental distinction in the reality of things?


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