Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behavior tells the story of a small, tightly-knit farming community that suddenly rethinks their relations to each other and their environment when thousands of beautiful butterflies mysteriously appear in a nearby wood. Pamela’s talk will engage attendees in a group reading of a selection of short scenes from the novel that will promptreflection on why and how we value the Indiana environments we live within. Ultimately, we will consider how our notion(s) of value can help build relations with Hoosier communities beyond our own to ensure the health of regional relations, livelihoods, and ecologies. All are welcome, and no prior familiarity of Flight Behavior or Kingsolver’s work is necessary.
Pamela is a PhD Candidate at Purdue University specializing in the environmental humanities. Her work is poised at the intersection of sustainability studies, social justice, and environmental literature.