Indian and American Novelists to Share Perspectives on World’s Changing Climate

November 1, 2018

Authors Amitav Ghosh and Roy Scranton will give a free public talk at Duke University on Monday, Nov. 5.

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Join distinguished Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh and American writer Roy Scranton in a discussion about our failure of imagination in the face of climate change.

Ghosh and Scranton will discuss “Denatured Planet, Deranged Worlds: Imagining the Anthropocene” on November 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Perkins Library, Room 217. Paid parking is available in the Bryan Center garage.

The authors will be joined by Duke faculty member Jedidiah Purdy, who will ask whether – now that human and environmental fates are inseparable – environmental politics will become more deeply democratic, or more unequal and inhumane.

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The event will be moderated by Ranjana Khanna, professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and his essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. His most recent book, “The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable,” is a work of non-fiction that examines our inability to grasp the scale and potential violence of climate change.

Roy Scranton is an Army veteran and earned a doctorate in English from Princeton University. He currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame. His 2018 book, “We’re Doomed. Now What?” is described as “an American Orwell for the age of Trump.” His essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing.

“As we’ve seen from the recent United Nations report, climate change is upon us,” says Eve Duffy, associate vice provost for Global Affairs at Duke. “One of the concepts we will be exploring during the talk is whether fiction can help us visualize what’s almost unthinkable.”

The upcoming discussion is part of a month-long series of events, Duke at Home in the World, which is designed to encourage the campus community to think critically about what it means to be global.

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