As part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host a panel discussion and workshop titled “Changing the Politics of Earth” March 21 and 22.

The events will explore how planetary-scaled environmental issues have become the frame for environmentalism today and have influenced how people think about politics.

Panel discussion

Thursday, March 21
6 p.m.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Woodland Hall (11030 East Blvd.)

From re-examining extractive fossil fuels, to questioning the economy of animal products, to re-organizing governance of Earth and modifying central moral, spiritual, and political concepts, the politics of Earth is the context for thinking about nature today.

Moderated by Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics, panelists from environmental humanities will discuss their work and take questions from the audience.

Register for the event through the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities website.


Friday, March 22
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL06

The workshop will elaborate on the previous night’s panel discussion by having experts workshop current practical and theoretical work to generate insights and ideas. The public is invited to listen in and, when possible, ask questions.

Workshop participants will include:

  • John Levy Barnard of the College of Wooster Department of English;
  • David Beach, independent writer and activist, former director of the Green City Blue Lake Institute at Cleveland Museum of Natural History;
  • Matthew Burkhart of the CWRU Department of English;
  • Jeremy Bendik-Keymer of the CWRU Department of Philosophy;
  • Susan Dominguez of the CWRU Department of English;
  • Sarah Gridley of the CWRU Department of English;
  • Matthew Hodgetts of the CWRU Department of Political Science;
  • Amy Linch of the Penn State University Department of Political Science;
  • Jonathan Maskit of the Denison University Department of Philosophy;
  • Bharat Ranganathan of the CWRU Department of Philosophy;
  • Allen Thompson of the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy;
  • Steven Vogel of the Denison University Department of Philosophy;
  • Joel Wainwright of the The Ohio State University Department of Geography; and
  • Peter Whitehouse of the  CWRU Department of Neurology.

Members of the public interested in attending should email

For more information, including a workshop schedule, visit the Cleveland Humanities Festival website.