A program of the Wolf Humanities Center's 2017-18 Forum on Afterlives
March 28, 2018
Novelist and Conservationist, Center for Biological Diversity
in conversation with
Director, Wolf Humanities Center; John Welsh Centennial Professor of English
Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities; Associate Professor of German
* Due to technical difficulties, this recording is missing portions of the event and the quality is not always optimal. Our apologies! *
The prolific, unpredictable, award-winning novelist Lydia Millet manages also to lead a professional life as a conservationist at the Center for Biological Diversity. For the Forum on Afterlives, Millet will read from her latest work and discuss her unusual double role as scientist and novelist. In our era of ever more destructive climate change, are the themes of apocalypse and extinction migrating from science fiction into realism? How does Millet make room in her novels for so much humor and whimsy alongside their political and environmental horrors?
Cosponsored by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and the Department of English.
For more information: wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/environmental-science-and-post-apocalyptic-novel