Lecture: Forget Noah! Ark Thinking and the (In) Hospitality of the Sea


Location: 116 DeBartolo Hall Map

Professor Simon Richter will deliver a guest lecture on campus on the topic of cultural responses to sea level rise and catastrophic flooding. Richter is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of their Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, and affiliated with their Programs in Cinema Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Women’s Studies.

Richter is a member of the Mellon-funded Humanities + Urbanism + Design Initiative at Penn. Every summer, he directs the Penn in Berlin & Rotterdam Program in conjunction with a course on Comparative Cultures of Sustainability. Simon is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. He is currently working on a book on Goethe’s Wetlands: Soggy Texts and Permeable Selves and leading a research project on Languages of Sustainability.

Sponsored by the Department of German & Russian Languages and Literatures, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the Sustainability Minor, and the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.

This event is free and open to the public.