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How Are We Human?

September 12, 2017, 7:00 PM


In a world fractured by unjust relations among humans, in a world in which humans have been wreaking global climate destruction, what kinds of ways of being human might make it possible for humans to have a future at all? And, are there better ways of imagining and being human?

In this talk, Denise Buell, dean of faculty and Cluett Professor of Religion at Williams College, proposes that we need approaches to the present and future that neither seek origins, nor ignore the past; rather we need to cultivate multi-perspectival approaches to the past and a willingness to suspend our commitment to linear temporalities. To illustrate such an approach, the lecture juxtaposes contemporary biological arguments about interdependence among species with early Christian views about the relations between humans and non-humans.

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.


September 12, 2017
7:00 PM


David Freidenreich
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