Summer Human Rights Program: Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7:30 pm

CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies

We tend to think of violence as explosive and spectacular, as erupting into instant visibility. But much of the most devastating environmental violence occurs gradually and out of sight, as its impacts are outsourced to future generations. Such slow violence, Professor Rob Nixon argues, increases the vulnerability of ecosystems treated as disposable, while also exacerbating the vulnerability of the “disposable people” who depend on them. It is the poor who are burdened disproportionately by such emergencies in the long term. In this lecture, Professor Nixon will explore the imaginative and political challenges posed by slow violence, by the incremental casualties that shadow our most urgent environmental crises. His talk will focus on activists and artists from the global South who are responding with an urgent creativity to the challenge of representing unspectacular environmental violence in a spectacle-obsessed age.

Rob Nixon
Rachel Carson and Elizabeth Ritzmann Professor of English, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rob Nixon teaches environmental studies and creative nonfiction. He is the author of four books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, which received an American Book Award. Nixon is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Village Voice, Slate, The Nation, and The Guardian, among other publications. He has been awarded Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, and he received a PhD from Columbia University.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Lecture / Reading Environment Humanities 

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