Environmental Humanities Series, 2017–2018

November 3, 2017

Film Pre-Release Screening and Conversation
Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution (2017, 144 mins., in English)
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Life Sciences Building, Marcuvitz Auditorium, 185 Meeting Street
Free and open to the public

"Symbiotic Earth" explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a brilliant and radical scientist, whose unconventional theories challenged the male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.  This film examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker John Feldman and writer Dorion Sagan.

John Feldman is a critically acclaimed and highly original award-winning filmmaker. He has a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and is an avid naturalist. He met Lynn Margulis when he was making his documentary: EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution (2011, CINE Golden Eagle Award). His independent dramatic feature films include the pioneering digital video production Who the Hell is Bobby Roos? (2002, New American Cinema Award, Seattle International Film Festival), Dead Funny (1995, starring Elizabeth Pena and Andrew McCarthy), and Alligator Eyes (1990, First Prize Audience Jury San Sebastian Int. Film Festival). His early short films earned many festival awards.

Dorion Sagan, son of Lynn Margulis and Carl Sagan, worked closely with Lynn Margulis as coauthor of many books including Microcosmos, What is Life? and Dazzle Gradually. What is Life? was called "A masterpiece of science writing" in Orion magazine, and included on a list of "Mind-Altering Masterpieces" by Utne Reader. His works include Death and Sex, winner of the Bookbinder's Guide of New York 2009 award for best nonfiction hardcover, Into the Cool, a sustained track on the thermodynamics of life coauthored with Eric D. Schneider, and most recently, Cracking the Aging Code with theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Wired, The Skeptical Inquirer, Pabular, Smithsonian, The Ecologist, Co-Evolution Quarterly, The Times Higher Education, Omni, Natural History, The Sciences, Cabinet, and Tricycle.

December 7, 2017

Lida Maxwell, Queer/Love/Bird Extinction: Rachel Carson and the Politics of Environmental Desire
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street
Free and open to the public

This is event is part of the PITH (Politics in the Humanities) series. Read more >