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PEI sponsors and hosts speakers and guest lecturers from academia, industry, the public and private sectors to present on environmental topics such as environmental humanities, religion and ecology, climate science and policy, conservation biology, the creative arts, energy, infectious disease and global health, sustainable development, water scarcity and environmental justice. An online archive of all events and all taped lectures are available to the general public and a list of upcoming events are posted on the PEI calendar.

Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice (Spring 2017)

Global Perspectives on Environmental JusticeGlobal Perspectives on Environmental Justice series featured writers, filmmakers, other visual artists, and scholars whose work engages fundamental questions of environmental justice. Our visitors addressed the political, imaginative and ethical challenges that result from unequal exposure to environmental risk and unequal access to environmental resources. more >>


The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues (Spring 2016 - Fall 2015)

The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues

Which beings flourish, and which fail, when natural and cultural worlds intermingle and collide? In the aftermath of disasters—in blasted landscapes that have been transformed by multiple catastrophes—what are the possibilities of biocultural hope? The Multispecies Salon was initially an art exhibit that picked up new elements, like infectious spores, as it moved across the United States—from San Francisco, to New Orleans, to New York City.

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Stop Saving the Planet! - And Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists (Fall 2014)

Stop Saving the Planet! - And Other Tips for 21st-Century EnvironmentalistsIs the "save the planet" rhetoric really saving the planet? And what does that even mean? Jenny Price's cultural critique of contemporary American environmentalism tracked the rhetoric through on-the-ground actions and policies, and assessed its usefulness or uselessness for actually grappling--as effectively and as equitably as possible--with our most urgent environmental troubles. more >>


That’s Not Funny! A Panel On Environmental Comedy (Spring 2014)

That’s Not Funny! A Panel On Environmental ComedyHow many environmentalists does it take to screw in a light bulb? That’s not funny!—but why so serious? Three irreverent environmentalists presented a rollicking, knee-slapping, 83%-funny discussion of why environmentalism isn’t funny—and why it so desperately (seriously!) needs to acquire a sense of humor. Saving the planet optional. Performances included. more >> 


The Two Cultures in Environmental Studies (Spring 2013)

The Two Cultures in Environmental StudiesWhile the environmental sciences have been a major presence in American universities for over 40 years, the environmental humanities have only recently exploded on the scene. Ken Hiltner, visiting professor of English and the PEI Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, discussed the current global environmental condition and how the two very different cultures of the "sciences" and the "humanities" can not only coexist, but work together for the benefit of each other - and the planet. more >>


The Emerging Field of Religion and Ecology (Fall 2012)

The Emerging Field of Religion and EcologyMary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, visiting lecturers in religion and PEI Barron Visiting Professors in the Environment and Humanities, teach world religions and ecology at Yale University. This talk highlighted some of the remarkable work being done within religious communities around the world to bring healing and restoration to people and land. While acknowledging the limitations of religions it also noted the promise for ethical and spiritual transformation regarding ecological attitudes and practices. more >>


Princeton Tackles Environmental Problems (Spring 2012)

Princeton Tackles Environmental ProblemsStephen Pacala, Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute and Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and current students discussed how Princeton is preparing young leaders to tackle the most challenging environmental problems of the 21st century. Sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute.  more >>


Unleashing Innovation: Tackling Environmental Challenges (Spring 2011)

Unleashing Innovation: Tackling Environmental ChallengesSpirit of Service '76 and the Princeton Environmental Institute examined inventive solutions to environmental problems. Panelists included Terry Cooke '76, Jim Hornthal '76, Lisa Lee Morgan '76 *79, and Steve Pacala. more >>


Class of '76 Green Business Plan Competition (Spring 2010)

Class of '76 Green Business Plan CompetitionThe Princeton University Class of 1976 worked in cooperation with Princeton Environmental Institute, Pace Center and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education to foster environmental entrepreneurship among Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students through the Class of '76 Green Business Plan Competition. more >>


The Great Immensity (Spring 2010)

The Great ImmensityThe Great Immensity, a collaborative project between Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Civilians investigative theater, tackled the monumental topic of the environment and the future of our planet. This new play (with music) explored the themes of climate change, deforestation and extinction. more >>