Stephanie Bernhard (Ph.D. English, University of Virginia, 2017) is Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University, where she specializes in the environmental humanities. Her current work-in-progress is a monograph titled Modernist Farming: Writing the Rural Cosmopolitan in the Long Twentieth Century. She recently published “Climate Change as Chronic Crisis in Ben Lerner’s 10:04” in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and she also brings substantial experience in writing for the public sphere as a blogger and published essayist in Slate, Orion, and the LA Review of Books.
Writing Species History in an Era of Climate Change
Stephanie’s project at the Jackman Humanities Institute will be a series of public-facing essays showcasing her current research on texts that narrate stories of the human species from ancient epics such as Gilgamesh and the Aeneid to contemporary science fiction, including Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, to scholarly attempts to define a newly human-dominated geological era. She argues that the urgent threat of anthropogenic climate change compels a re-envisioning of the origins, traits, purposes of, and divisions within humans as a species.