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Garbage Humanities: Environmental Thinking and the Future of the Humanities

February 1 (6:30pm)

Center for the Environment, Room 300

Category: Special Events

dustheap-cover.jpgA West Virginia University professor will speak on “Garbage Humanities: Environmental Thinking and the Future of the Humanities” Thursday, February 1, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. The event is co-hosted by the Center and the Catawba College English Department.

Stephanie Foote, the WVU Jackson and Nichols Chair and Professor of English, researches and teaches American Literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on environmental issues.

She is the author of The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Class and Culture in The Age of Realism and Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.  She and Elizabeth Mazzolini co-edited Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice.  Most recently, she edited and co-founded Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Her new project, The Art of Waste, uses garbage to explore how American culture narrates its relationship to environmental crisis.

The presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 300. It is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit or call (704) 637-4791.


The Center for the Environment was founded in 1996 to educate the college community and the public about environmental stewardship and sustainability, provide value-added education for students through interaction with thought leaders and opportunities for experiential learning, and bring diverse people and groups together to catalyze sustainable solutions to our most persistent environmental challenges. For more information, visit

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