Events / Environmental Science and the Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Environmental Science and the Post-Apocalyptic Novel

March 28, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Lydia Millet
Novelist and Conservationist, Center for Biological Diversity


in conversation with


James English
Director, Wolf Humanities Center; John Welsh Centennial Professor of English


Bethany Wiggin
Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities; Associate Professor of German


The prolific, unpredictable, award-winning novelist Lydia Millet manages also to lead a professional life as a conservationist at the Center for Biological Diversity. For the Forum on Afterlives, Millet will read from her latest work and discuss her unusual double role as scientist and novelist. In our era of ever more destructive climate change, are the themes of apocalypse and extinction migrating from science fiction into realism? How does Millet make room in her novels for so much humor and whimsy alongside their political and environmental horrors?


Cosponsored by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and the Department of English.


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Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street