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Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

Climate Change in Humanities team

Shane, Stephanie, and Stephen

Climate change has traditionally been considered as an issue of the physical sciences, but a team of UO scholars have just turned that idea inside-out. Their new book, Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, is the first-ever textbook to guide the teaching of climate change in university-level humanities classes. The book is anticipated to hit the shelves in time for winter term 2017.

Department of English PhD candidate Stephen Siperstein co-authored the volume with doctoral candidate Shane Hall of Environmental Studies, Science and Policy, and Stephanie LeMenager, Professor of Environmental Studies and English. The authors assert that because climate change is generating shifts in society just as much as it is shifts in the natural world, it’s time to begin thinking about the issue in terms of its effects on people — not just the planet. Understanding it through the lens of the humanities presents a unique opportunity to prepare students for the future by allowing space for envisioning and re-imagining the world in a vastly different climate than we have experienced in the past.

To learn more about our scholars’ new book, check out the full article on Around the O. We congratulate Shane, Stephen, and Stephanie on this groundbreaking accomplishment!