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FREE OFFSITE EVENT: Amitav Ghosh, "Unmuting the Brutes"

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Center for Creative Ecologies present Beyond the End of the World Lecture Series, featuring Amitav Ghosh: “Unmuting the Brutes: Human and Non-human After the Collapse of ‘Civilization.'" Amitav Ghosh will speak at the UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public with registration. Please register here. Books by Amitav Ghosh will be available for sale at this event, provided by Bookshop Santa Cruz.

The idea of the ‘human’ dates back to the founding of modernity, now hurtling towards collapse. As this process intensifies it may bring about a fundamental reconsideration of modern ideas regarding which entities possess such attributes as agency, speech, and reason. If so what kinds of narratives and knowledge traditions can we turn to for guidance about what might lie ahead?

Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning writer, who was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of non-fiction, including The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016), a collection of essays, and ten novels. In 2018 he became the first English-language writer to receive India’s highest literary honor, the Jnanpith Award. His most recent publication is Gun Island, a novel.

Beyond the End of the World comprises a year-long research and exhibition project and public lecture series, directed by T. J. Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies, bringing leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UC Santa Cruz to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and how we can cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. For more information visit BEYOND.UCSC.EDU

Presented in partnership with the Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture. The Maitra lecture series, established in 2001, seeks to enrich the intellectual life of UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz community.

Directions and Parking:
The UCSC Music Recital Hall is located at 402 McHenry Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Parking lot attendants will be on site to sell permits and direct guests to available parking in the Performing Arts parking lot #126. The cost for parking is $5.

If you have disability-related needs, please contact the The Humanities Institute at or call 831-459-5655.