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Facing the Anthropocene: Rethinking Humanity’s Place in the World

The “Anthropocene” marks the unprecedented moment when humanity becomes a dominant force in planetary history, responsible for the widespread alteration of the world’s land, ocean, and atmospheric ecosystems. Facing the Anthropocene at the Kenan Institute for Ethics considers humanity’s place in the world and what it means for social and political change.

Among its activities, Facing the Anthropocene explores a variety of interactions between people and place to produce research and host seminars and lectures. Summer Fellows expand on the project’s work by incorporating ideas of the Anthropocene into their research. The project also includes a multidisciplinary working group enabling scholars to engage in conversations surrounding the human impact on the planet. The group studies how political, legal, and economic orders shape landscapes and ecologies through global patterns of human habitation and use.

Meet the 2019 Anthropocene Fellows.

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Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Facing the Anthropocene is led by theologian Norman Wirzba, who uses his expertise in philosophy, religion, and agrarianism to better understand how humanity and the environment can flourish together. Also on the team is Mari Jørstad, a research associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

The project includes a multidisciplinary working group in which scholars engage in conversations surrounding the human impact on the planet. The group studies how political, legal, and economic orders have shaped landscapes and ecologies through global patterns of human habitation and use.

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Click here to read about the senior fellows and their work.

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Currently Postponed

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Spring 2020 Luce Lecture. Watch the video here

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Fall 2019 Luce Lecture. Find out more here

Emergence

Luce working group member Robert Macfarlane speaks to Emergence Magazine about language for the Anthropocene. Listen to the interview here

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Read about the event here

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Read the article here

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View the lecture here

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View the lecture here

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Read their refections here

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Read about the 2019 workshop here

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Read about the 2018 workshop here