In this time of profound environmental transformation, humanities perspectives are urgently needed to help interpret and give meaning to the rapidly changing world around us. Humanities scholars have an opportunity to reshape how we think about environmental problems and “the environment” itself.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, Yale Environmental Humanities convened a yearlong conversation on “Energy and the Humanities,” in addition to our regular ongoing programming. The Energy Humanities thematic year included roundtables and workshops featuring Yale faculty and student work, visiting speakers, and three workshops/conferences. Two new courses, “American Energy History” and “Energy and Society” also were offered in the spring semester.