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Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies Topics The Arrogance of Humanism? : What Is the Role of the Humanities in the Environmental
 

Summary: Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies Topics
The Arrogance of Humanism? : What Is the Role of the Humanities in the Environmental
Crisis?
Michael Smith (Environmental History and Public History, Ithaca College);
Nancy Menning (Religious Studies, Ithaca College);
Sarah Ensor (English, Cornell); Amy Kohout (History, Cornell)
February 17th
, 2011
12:30 2:00 PM
G01 BioTech
The Arrogance of Humanism? : What Is the Role of the Humanities in the Environmental Crisis?
In Western culture we generally afford science tremendous authority in both identifying and
solving environmental problems. There is no question that science gives us unique insights into
the scope of the ecological crisis human communities face, as well as offering some solutions to
the crisis. But our environmental crisis is profoundly human, both in its origins and in the ways
we perceive it. There are some insights into the environmental crisis that only the humanistic
disciplines can provide: how the role of storytelling shapes humans-environment interactions;
how both religious and secular values systems guide behavior; how time and place shape our
understanding of the natural world, even to the point of dictating the kinds of scientific questions
we ask. Building on the interdisciplinary dialogue of the first roundtable in November, this

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering