This talk takes an international perspective on the value of our planet’s inhabited forests and the threats to their viability. Against the backdrop of the resource wars—over timber, water, land, and minerals—Nixon will consider creative alliances between artists and activists. What strategies are they adopting to oppose unregulated assaults on human and nonhuman forest communities?
Rob Nixon is a nonfiction writer and the Barron Family Professor in Environmental Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of four books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. He writes frequently for the New York Times. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian, The Nation, London Review of Books, The Village Voice, Aeon and elsewhere. Much of his writing has been concerned with environmental justice struggles in the global South. He has a particular interest in understanding the roles that artists can play in effecting social change.
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