Thanks to Orleans, I’ll be speaking about “Harnessing the Apocalypse” with Paolo Bacigalupi (The Wind-Up Girl, The Water Knife) and Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From the website:
Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today’s environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future?
“Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse” features an exciting line-up of provocative authors, leading thinkers and creative problem solvers to explore these questions. Join us for a day of fresh ideas about climate change, wildlife conservation, economic growth, social justice and other challenges that drive our anxieties and test our resolve.