By Sadie E. Hale
Lockdown in most European countries ended two months ago; but as I write this, cases are rising again, and the sense of impending confinement informs my thoughts. Questions of what constitutes a “good life” and, more chillingly, a “good death” have become more urgent during the pandemic. Yet there is a strong imperative to think about this question from a more-than-human perspective.
Post by Christopher Sellers With piercing red eyes and a song like the soundtrack from a 50’s science-fiction film, the 17-year cicadas have stormed up out of the soils of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. for their single month or so of adult… Continue Reading “Cicadian Rhythms: How Suburbs Saved – and Threaten – the US’s 17-Year Cicadas”
Post by Michelle Mart Since the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, there have been numerous popular and scholarly studies of pesticide use in the United States. Environmentalists and others have credited Rachel Carson with awakening people to the dangers of overuse of these… Continue Reading “Learning to Love Pesticides: A Look at Popular American Attitudes”
Post by Katie Ritson, posted in conjunction with the publication of the RCC Perspectives issue, “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: Encounters and Legacies” Working for a center named after Rachel Carson and in the fiftieth anniversary year of her book Silent Spring, it’s easy to… Continue Reading “Assessing the Success of Silent Spring”
Five Minutes with a Fellow offers a brief glimpse into what inspires researchers in the environmental humanities. The interviews feature current and former fellows from the Rachel Carson Center. Amy Hay is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas-Pan American. Her… Continue Reading “Five Minutes with a Fellow: Amy Hay”
Post by Arielle Helmick Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published fifty years ago today. Having taken her name, we at the RCC would like to take a look back at Carson’s legacy, in terms of what she has meant for the Center, as well… Continue Reading “Fifty Years of Silent Spring”