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Hope in a Time of Extinction

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The James Gallery

Featuring Anne McClintock, Ashley Dawson, Eben Kirksey, Jovana Stokic, Julie Livingston, and Rob Nixon.

This discussion will probe imaginative horizons to illuminate concrete sites of biocultural hope. This conversation will orbit around two freshly published books: Extinction: A Radical History by Ashley Dawson and Emergent Ecologies by Eben Kirksey. As other species are snuffed out, possible futures for humans look bleak. Can radical political transformation bring an end to the sixth mass extinction event? As some charismatic creatures are being saved in zoos, captive breeding facilities, and cryogenic banks, a multitude of others are disappearing as they are disregarded or actively targeted for destruction. How should we love in a time of extinction? What practices of care can keep those who we love in the world?

Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Ph.D. Program in English, Ph.D. Program in Anthropology.

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