Princeton Professor Rob Nixon to Speak at Williams College on Environmental Martyrdom

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 20, 2017—Princeton University professor Rob Nixon will give a talk at Williams College at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free and open to the public.

Nixon’s talk will examine the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars over timber, water, land, and mineral rights across the global South.

Currently the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University, Nixon teaches environmental studies, postcolonial studies, creative nonfiction, African literature, world literature, and 20th century British literature. He is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard University Press, 2013), which received an American Book Award, the 2012 Sprout Prize from the International Studies Association for the best book in environmental studies, the 2012 Interdisciplinary Humanities Award for the best book to straddle disciplines in the humanities, and the 2013 biennial ASLE Award for the best book in environmental literary studies. Nixon is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. He holds a B.A. from Rhodes University in South Africa, an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

This talk is part of the Williams College Confronting Climate Change – a year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year the college is hosting a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies.


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