POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Wai Chee Dimock will discuss “Endangered Humanities and Endangered Planet," on Thursday, October 26, 6pm in Sanders Auditorium, SC 212. This event is free and open to the public.
Chee Dimock, the William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, will contemplate the contemporary crisis of the humanities through the works of Thoreau, and a previous generation's fear of extinction and vanishing. A report on the near-extinction of amphibians, routed through Thoreau's sound portrait of the bull frog in Walden, and his sound portrait of Native Americans in The Maine Woods, whose fate taught him that history is made up of many points of no return, many losses that are not compensated for. The contemporary crisis of the humanities is explored through that lens.
This event is sponsored by the English Department.
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