By Sarah Lawson
This March in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VFH’s 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book will present speakers on a variety of scientific topics, including a special focus on authors of recent books about the environment.
From the natural world and the human body to the forces that work against them, this year’s Festival programs seek to inform and inspire discussions that are critical to our bodies, our society, and our planet.
In Future Science: Humans and Earth (Thursday, March 23) David Grinspoon, a NASA astrobiologist and Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist at Rice University, will discuss our future as stewards of this Earth, our future as evolving humans, the social and political implications of their work, and where we move from here.
“In his wonderful writing style, Dr. Grinspoon spells it out: A single species is inducing more profound changes to our planet than any other organism in geologic history. It’s us. The Earth is in our hands.” – Bill Nye
Sustainability and the Anthropocene
This Festival program approaches environmental change through the dual lens of sustainability and activism.
In The Climate Change Generation (Friday, March 24), Susan Cohen, editor of Coming of Age at the End of Nature, and Leidy Klotz, author of Sustainability Through Soccer, will engage with diverse views on climate change and how younger generations are stepping up to open new channels of communication about its impact.
Cohen is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Klotz is a professor of engineering and architecture at UVa and a former professional soccer player.
In Animal Lives—Genius, Feral, and Cannibal (Friday, March 24), writers Jennifer Ackerman, Abraham Gibson, and Bill Schutt will discuss the evolutionary history, exceptional talents, and natural traits of our furry (or not so furry) friends with whom we share the planet.
Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds, has written about science, nature, and biology for almost three decades. Gibson, author of Feral Animals in the American South: An Evolutionary History, teaches and has published on topics related to Southern history, environmental history, and the history of science. Schutt, author of Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, is a biology professor and research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History.
These are just three of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book programs that will take place in March on topics related to the environment and science. To explore this topic further, click here. To view the full Festival schedule, please visit VaBook.org.