The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) explores how art, history, literature, philosophy, religion, anthropology, ethnic studies, film, geography and music each serve as entry points to vibrant discussions about the complex relationships between people, place, and planet. The EHI seeks to facilitate broad participation of faculty, research scholars, and students from across the disciplines and to work with community members in innovating solutions that increase equitable, just and sustainable access to environmental benefits, while mitigating environmental burdens. Faculty affiliated with the EHI are exploring questions about what it means to be human amongst other species and how we define our obligations to future generations of life on the planet.
Since 2008, the Institute for Humanities Research; the Wrigley Institute; the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the Center for Science and Imagination; the Climate Imagination Initiative; the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes; and the School for Future Innovation in Society have been actively networking to build collaborative strength in the environmental humanities through research, education and outreach. . . .