A Conversation with Dr. Bethany Wiggin

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Dr. Wiggin is Founding Director of UPenn's Program in the Environmental Humanities. Together we will consider the future for EH at UofT.

Are you interested in the future of environmental humanities research at UofT & beyond? Do you ever wonder how other universities began the process of finding a permanent home for environmental humanities research within their institution? Do you geek out about environmental humanities pedagogy?

If any of your answers were "yes," please join us for an important conversation with Dr. Bethany Wiggin on Dec. 4th, 2020 from 12-2 PM EST. **You must register to receive Zoom link.**

Dr. Wiggin is the Founding Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Program in the Environmental Humanities (PPEH) and the serving Co-President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). In our conversation with Dr. Wiggin, we will consider how to develop an equitable and creative environmental humanities program. We anticipate a lively conversation about building a centre for the environmental humanities from the ground up - including pitfalls and possibilities - and what kind of partnerships, teaching and research we can foster at U of T.

About Dr. Wiggin:

Prof. Wiggin's work explores histories of migration,language, multilingualism, and cultural translation since the Columbian exchange across the Atlantic world, and has appeared in journals ranging from the PMLA to Nature. At present, she is writing Utopia Found and Lost in Penn’s Woods, an exploration of the multiethnic worlds European settler colonists attempted to build in the Delaware Valley, sometimes in understanding with their Lenape neighbors, and the ways in which the ecological legacy of this historical chapter continue to reverberate into our present. And Timescales: Ecological Temporalities across Disciplines - an ambitious volume co-edited with PPEH alumnae - is now in production (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

She regularly teaches seminars in environmental humanities.Courses include experimental cross-disciplinary seminars for undergraduates, such as "Liquid Histories and Floating Archives," as well as graduate seminars, including "Environmental Humanities: Theory, Method, Practice and Public Environmental Humanities." Prof. Wiggin is committed to the right to research as a human right, and she writes and speaks regularly to both academic and broader public audiences. In 2019-20, she directs two public research projects - on climate storytelling and on how university endowments may be invested to drive climate solutions, a collaboration with partners at the Wharton School of Business at Penn.


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