Environmental Humanities - Center for the Arts and Humanities

Environmental Humanities

Facing our Future

About Us

The Environmental Humanities Initiative brings faculty from across the campus in collaboration on interdisciplinary courses, a yearly faculty seminar, and a world class Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities. Capitalizing on a robust Environmental Studies program and a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, the EH initiative enables and foregrounds sustained scholarship in the environmental humanities at Colby.

The initiative enhances opportunities for faculty collaboration across the Colby campus through an annual summer institute and yearly faculty seminars on important environmental themes, generating new scholarship to be disseminated throughout the environmental humanities community worldwide. It supports faculty in their development of project-based, laboratory-style, and interdisciplinary courses on historical, cultural, and ethical questions about the environment. It also brings leading artists, writers and thinkers to Colby, enabling new partnerships with a range of scholars, artists and practitioners from outside the campus community. Fostering deep ties with key partners on campus, the EH Initiative centers the need for humanistic inquiry in the most pressing environmental issues of our time.


Two Cent Talks

Two Cent Talks: A Reading with Morgan Talty and Michelle Menting

5:00 PM, Greene Block + Studios

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He is the author of the story collection Night of the Living Rez from Tin House Books, and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere.

Kim Upstill

Food for Thought Lecture Series: Kim Upstill: A Report From The Mood Lit Field

November 28 | 7:00 PM | Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Kim Upstill is a writer, artist, and cook based in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BA degree from Evergreen State College and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with various smaller texts, Kim has published two books…

500 Years

Film Screening: 500 Years. Post-film discussion with film director, Pamela Yates and Oak Fellow, Lucia Ixchiu.

December 1 | 7:00 PM | Railroad Square Cinema

Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and their struggles in the country’s growing democracy. 


Center for Arts & Humanities

Center for the Arts and Humanities

The Environmental Humanities Initiative is housed in the Center for the Arts and Humanities, which runs its day-to-day activities and organizes event logistics.

Summer Institute Organizing Committee

Summer Institute Organizing Committee

Working closely with Center staff and the Center Director, SIEH co-organizers run all aspects of our annual Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities. The 2023 organizing committee is: Kerill O’Neill, Keith Peterson, Dyani Taff, James Taylor, and Chris Walker.

EH Faculty

A wide range of scholars who study topics as varied as aquatic ecology, the lives of agricultural producers in globalizing Asia, natural disasters in antiquity and beyond, the faculty affiliated in the Environmental Humanities make up a vibrant and engaged interdisciplinary community at Colby.

History of EH at Colby

In 2017, Colby College received a four-year grant of $800,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative, Environmental Humanities: Interdisciplinary Research, Teaching, and Laboratory Learning.

The initiative is the culmination of many years of environmental humanities programming by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Environmental Studies department, the Colby College Museum of Art, and other departments across campus, which have been building interest and desire among faculty and students to address issues of global significance and forge a stronger link between the college’s traditional strengths: environmental science and the humanities.