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Humanities Combating Isolation (2020): New Pedagogies in Climate

Public Humanities, Explorations in the Public Humanities, Building Publics

dateJune 17, 2020 timeWednesday, 4:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
  • Image Credit/Caption: Image by Victor Moriyama, Sao Paolo, March 18th 2020 from “The Great Empty,” The New York Times, March 20th, 2020
Apartment building with people visible in many of the windows

The closing 2020 Building Publics meeting features "Climate Arts: Reading, Recycling, Making" by Akua Banful, a pedagogical project aimed at high school students that combined a curriculum of climate-oriented fiction with recycled and otherwise environmentally-engaged art. With this initiative, students gained a sense of the ways in which the arts can respond to our current climate predicament.

Akua Banful is a Ph.D. candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, "The Hostile Tropics: Towards a Postcolonial Discourse of Climate," explores the interaction between imperialism and the representations of tropical nature and life in tropical climates in examples from anglophone, francophone, and lusophone literatures.