Critical Climate Thinking Lecture Examines Humanity’s Role in Climate Change

On September 22, 2016, the Johns Hopkins Alexander Grass Humanities Institute presented a lecture with Peter K. Haff for a discussion on how the humanities and the sciences must collaborate to address climate change challenges. Dr. Haff, a professor emeritus of geology and civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, stressed that despite the potential for technology to address climate change challenges, we must simultaneously look at humanistic considerations, such as how we use and consume technology.

This event is part of the Critical Climate Thinking Lecture Series, which aims to generate a conversation concerning climate change not merely as a scientific phenomenon but as a persistent dimension of lived experience. The lecture series is co-sponsored by E²SHI, Department of Anthropology, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for Advanced Media Studies, and Center for Africana Studies.

For a recap of Dr. Haff’s lecture, see the JHU News-Letter article.


For more information about the topic, check out a few interesting reads with Dr. Haff's perspectives:

"How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction," article in The Guardian published October 20, 2015. 

"Age of humans has dawned," article in the Duke Environment Magazine published April 1, 2016. 

"What we're proposing requires a fundamental shift in how we view the Earth system and humans'
role in it.” - Peter Haff. Photo credit: Duke Environment Magazine

Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.
— Thomas Edison