The Humanities and Our Natural World


Our evolving relationship with the natural world we inhabit and questions of environmental sustainability in an era of climate change figure among the most pressing issues that we face today. Debates relating to the environment and questions of sustainability often center on work by scientists, yet humanities scholars and creative writers have much to contribute to these conversations. The rapidly growing field of environmental humanities incorporates a range of disciplinary approaches, including but not limited to history, literary studies, philosophy, and religious studies. The Hall Center for the Humanities’ 2021-2022 speaker series, In Search of Harmony:  The Humanities and Our Natural World, features a range of humanities scholars and creative writers whose exciting, thought-provoking work explores the complicated relationships between humans and the living world that surrounds us.

All events in this series, whether in-person, hybrid, or entirely virtual, will be live-streamed via The Hall Center's Crowdcast Page. Details regarding venue, registration, or ticketing for live events will be made available two weeks prior to each event. Please follow the Hall Center on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or check our calendar on the Hall Center website for further details.

Previous Events

Terry Tempest Williams

WED APR 13, 2022, 7:30 PM
"The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks", this will be a virtual event, live-streamed via Crowdcast.
Author Terry Tempest Williams standing in a filed of tallgrass, with mountain range in background, wearing gray sweater, alongside cover of her book 'The Hour of Land'.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

TUE MAR 22, 2022, 7:30 PM
"Dub: Finding Ceremony", this will be an online event, presented via Crowdcast.
Headshot of poet Alexis Pauline Gumbs, smiling, with large circular silver earrings, white shirt and green silk scarf, alongside book cover for 'Dub: finding Ceremony'.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

WED NOV 10, 2021, 7:30 PM
"Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants", in partnership with the KU Common Book Program, this event will be live-streamed via Crowdcast, please register via link below...
Author Robin Wall Kimmerer, wearing a print pullover, leaning against a tree with her arm around it, alongside the cover of her book 'Braiding Sweetgrass'.

Bathsheba Demuth

WED OCT 27, 7:30 PM
"Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait"
This is an online event.
Author Bathsheba Demuth smiling, in blue blazer over black and white striped shirtm, alongside the cover for her book 'Floating Coast'.

Amitav Ghosh

TUE SEP 21, 7:30 PM
Woodruff Auditorium
(masks required)
"The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis"
This is a hybrid event.
Author Amitav Ghosh, in black shirt with dark green vest, holding an umbrella, alongside Nutmeg's Curse book cover.