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Human Thriving in the Anthropocene?

A discussion with authors Jedediah Purdy and Roy Scranton
March 7th, 2016
7:00 PM


Monday, March 7, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Directions)

All are welcome to a discussion at Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books with Duke University professor Jedediah Purdy and Rice University post-doctoral fellow Roy Scranton about their recent books on the anthropocene and their differing views about the possibility for a peaceful and rich human future. The discussion will be moderated by David Graham (Duke '09), staff writer at The AtlanticFlyer available here.

Scranton's and Purdy's books have been featured together in recent reviews and debates concerning the future of humanity in the anthropocene:

"Impurity: Two Books on the Anthropocene," by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Los Angeles Review of Books, November 30, 2015. 

"Forum: The New Nature," Boston Review, January 11, 2016. Featuring Jedediah Purdy opening the debate, with responses by Jo Guldi, Robert Paarlberg, David Keith, Ugo Mattei, Paul Waldau, Jairus Grove, Andreas Malm, Anna Tsing, Vandana Shiva, and Roy Scranton



Jedediah Purdy

Duke University

Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University, teaches constitutional, environmental, and property law and writes in all of these areas.  He also teaches legal theory and writes on issues at the intersection of law and social and political thought.

He is the author of five books, including a trilogy on American political identity, which concluded with A Tolerable Anarchy (2009), all from Knopf.  The Meaning of Property appeared in 2010 from Yale University Press. He has published many essays in publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Dissent, The New Republic, The New York Times Op Ed Page and Book Review, Die Zeit, and Democracy Journal, and his legal scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Duke Law JournalCornell Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review, among others.  His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene.

Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization, co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. He holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and a PhD in English from Princeton, was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Science at Rice University, and recently joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as assistant professor of English. His current scholarly project is on the politics of trauma in American World War II literature. His Iraq war novel, War Porn, was released in summer 2016 by Soho Press.