As a community, PEI fosters a spirit of inclusivity that encourages involvement and contributions of faculty and students from all academic disciplines. Through the allocation of resources and with support for programmatic activities and cross-disciplinary collaborations, PEI encourages the participation of faculty, research scholars and students from the humanities in the study of environmental subjects with advantages for developing well-rounded insights and perspectives to the study of environmental topics.
Research in the environmental humanities involves an active visitors program that brings leading scholars in the environmental humanities to Princeton along with a grants program that supports course development and faculty-led research.
Courses offered through the Program in Environmental Studies and in collaboration with affiliated academic units in the humanities and social sciences allow students to examine environmental topics through the lens of literary traditions, philosophy, history, and the arts.
Programming in the environmental humanities promotes an inclusive and challenging dialogue on the ethical, visual, literal, and human dimensions of environmental topics. Recent seminars, lecture series, and conferences have focused on climate ethics, environmental justice, the arts and sustainability, and more.
Key to the program’s outreach is the Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium, which aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. Established in Fall 2017, the series invites artists, scholars, writers, photographers, journalists and activists from Princeton University and around the world to lead intimate discussions related to the study and representation of how people shape — and are shaped by — their interactions with the environment.