Democracy and Dialogues Initiative
Encounters: The Great Derangement
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Register via Zoom:
What is it about climate change that the mention of it should lead to banishment from the preserves of serious fiction? And what does this tell us about culture writ larger and its patterns of evasion?…
Quite possibly, then, this era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, will come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement.
The Great Derangement
In his new nonfiction book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, celebrated novelist Amitav Ghosh confronts the failures imagination and courage that have rendered climate change unthinkable in contemporary culture and politics. This year’s UConn Reads selection, The Great Derangement is at once a meditation on the possibilities and limitations of literature to help us make sense of planetary-scale catastrophe, and an urgent call to action for authors, artists, and activists to join in a humanity-wide social movement to reimagine and rebuild our common future.
Toward that end, UConn Reads and the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative invite you to join the dialogue as we consider our collective capacity—or incapacity—to recognize and address the climate crisis as the central planetary challenge of our time. Join community members from around Connecticut as they engage in facilitated conversations about the themes raised in The Great Derangement, share their perspectives and experiences of the stories, histories, and politics of this moment, and listen to the experiences and perspectives of their fellow participants. During the final segment of our dialogue, we will be joined by Amitav Ghosh and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Learn more about UConn Reads here.
Register here for the Zoom dialogue.
Read the Great Derangement in full or the excerpts below.
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