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Scholar presents lecture on adverse environmental elements

Loyola press release - October 22, 2010

Timothy Morton, Ph.D., professor of literature and the environment at the University of California, Davis, will speak at Loyola University New Orleans about the environmental challenges presented by “Hyperobjects.” According to Morton, hyperobjects are phenomena that are distributed across time and space that are difficult to comprehend. Examples he cites include the BP oil slick, global warming, evolution and radiation.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

According to Morton, hyperobjects pose huge problems for humans, not only in terms of how to deal with these situations, but also how these cases defy conventional understanding about what hyperobjects are.

Morton is the author of "Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics" (2007) and "The Ecological Thought” (2010), both published by Harvard University Press.

The event is sponsored by Loyola's Biever Guest Lecture Series, the Department of English, the Environmental Studies program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and Loyola's Center for Environmental Communication.

For more information, contact Janelle A. Schwartz, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at jschwart@loyno.edu or Christopher Schaberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at schaberg@loyno.edu.