Jim Farrell, author of The Nature of College on campus April 11

Hi ES students,

Environmental Historian, and author of The Nature of College (who many of you probably remember from ES 225: Intro to Environmental Humanities) will be on campus this semester, and will be giving a campus wide talk.

When: Thursday April 11, 7pm.

Where: SC 200.

Here’s a description:

The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and Everyday Ethics

College students study cultures all the time, in history and the Humanities, sociology and anthropology, languages and literature. But students don’t often study their own culture, which just seems “natural” to them. Waking up to an alarm, going to the bathroom, sorting through the clothes in their closets, eating in the cafeteria, watching TV and playing video games, using computers and iPods, driving cars and hooking up and hanging out, having fun and partying, practicing religion and politics (or not), students teach each other the cultural scripts of college culture, few of which are very good for the planet we inhabit. This talk explores the dangerous intersections of college culture, consumer culture and the environment by looking at the social construction of common sense and at the emerging uncommon sense of sustainability that’s increasingly a part of campus cultures.

More about Jim and his book can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/history/james-farrell/.

Here’s your chance to meet the man behind the words! Do consider attending.


Salma Monani, Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Campus Box 2455

300 N. Washington St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325