The Environmental Humanities Program based in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) encourages the participation of faculty, research scholars and students from the humanities in the study of environmental subjects in order to develop well-rounded insights into environmental issues. An active grants program supports faculty-led research and the development of courses that examine environmental topics through the lens of literary traditions, philosophy, history, human rights and justice, and the arts. Seminars, lecture series and conferences in the environmental humanities promote an inclusive and challenging public dialogue on the ethical, visual, literal, and human dimensions of environmental topics, including climate ethics, environmental justice and cultural dissolution in the wake of environmental destruction.
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.
Through the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professorship program, HMEI invites leading artists, authors, journalists and scholars to Princeton for one year residencies during which time they pursue research in the environmental humanities and contribute to HMEI’s teaching mission including courses focused on subjects such as environmental literature, religion and ecology, environmental justice and racism, and climate politics.
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.