When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Europeans were deeply concerned with climate change—though they worried about global cooling, not warming. In Shelley’s time, as in our own, concerns about climate change sparked new questions about what it means to be human: What is our place alongside nonhuman life? Can humankind work together to solve a problem that concerns all of us? Can humanity survive in a world transformed and, if so, what might being human mean then? In this talk, Dr. Phillips draws connections between two eras of climate change concerns, with a look at how Shelley’s appeals to reason and emotion reflect the ways we talk about climate science today.
DateOctober 24, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm