Teaching And Studying The ‘Anthropocene’?
This event was co-sponsored by Yale Environmental History, the Yale Climate and History Initiative, and the Whitney Humanities Center
The “Anthropocene” has emerged in recent years as a term to describe a new age of human influence over Earth’s history. Originating in the earth sciences as a possible designation for a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene concept is now also shaping teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. In this panel discussion, Yale professors Michael Warner (English) and Alan Mikhail (History) discussed how the Anthropocene concept is being used in the classroom and as a research tool, and some of its conceptual strengths and limitations.