Department of American Studies welcomes highly acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh who will deliver the 23rd Annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy. Ghosh will address how the discussion of climate change has largely been centered in Western universities—produced by scientists, engineers and economists. This has skewed the dialogue in certain directions, including conceptualizing it as an economic program, which can be dealt with through technological and technocratic fixes. Ghosh will also identify a more political approach to climate change. Yet these dominant frameworks tend to exclude many of the overarching cultural, political, geographical and historical contexts of global warming leading to the question: what other frameworks could be relevant to this subject?
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