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Student Fellows Shape Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

April 13, 2015

At the close of Dr. Bethany Wiggin’s spring 2013 course, Utopian Visions, students wanted to know what she was going to do for an encore.  Dr. Wiggin, Associate Professor of German in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, had used the study of German and American utopian communities to touch on wide-ranging environmental topics such as land use, resource management, public education, and political and legal enfranchisement. The course left students enthusiastic for more opportunities to develop connections between environmentalism and the humanities, but with few courses to choose from.

Enter the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.  This new co-curricular academic fellowship engaged seven inaugural fellows in the mission “to generate local and global awareness and engagement in the emergent area of the environmental humanities.” 

For the past six months, the seven 2014-2015 Fellows, Aaron Guo (’17), Allison Bart (’15), Austin Bream (’17), Jose Romero (‘15), Leah Davidson (’16), Stephanie Busnelli (’16), and Tan Chan (’15), have created a blog and developed academic content around for their individual projects in Environmental Humanities.  Read their blog entries and learn more about the program at

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