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Confronting Collapse

November 12, 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

soei building campus

A Roundtable & Community Discussion

“Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.” – Milan Kundera

Several studies detailing imminent environmental and social collapse have been published recently. Panelists will briefly discuss historical examples, philosophical and religious underpinnings, and their sense of how communities have anticipated and attempted to weather catastrophes in the past. They will then lead a community discussion about what place the humanities, social sciences, and civic engagement have in adapting to unfolding catastrophe. Are there ways we can be more resilient as a community, and as people diving headlong into deeply uncertain times? 

David Saetre, professor of Religious Studies
Scott Griffiths, former mayor of Washburn and Ashland School District AWARE Project Coordinator

Timothy Doyle, professor of Philosophy

Erica Hannickel, professor of Environmental History

Tea and treats provided. 
This event is sponsored by the Hulings Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.


November 12, 2018
7:00 pm–9:00 pm


Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI