Environmental Martyrdom and Defenders of the Forest
Thursday, April 27 at 7:00pm
Martyrdom is direct action in extremis. Martyrs put their bodies on the line, risking, for the sake of principle, not just a weekend in jail, but burial in the dead of night in a shallow grave. Some martyrs remain anonymous, vanish unheard of outside their villages. But others gather posthumous fame and purpose, achieving in their earthly afterlife a rallying power and an enduring force. Nixon's talk will investigate the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars—over timber, water, land, and mineral rights—across the global South.
Rob Nixon is Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. He teaches environmental studies, postcolonial studies, creative nonfiction, African literature, world literature, and twentieth century British literature.
This talk is part of the Williams College Confronting Climate Change - a year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year the college is hosting a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies.
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