Environmental Humanities

Athanassakis is Co-founder of the NYU Environmental Humanities Series, housed in the Center for the Humanities with the support of the Provost.

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Along with Vice Provost Ulrich Baer and Humanities Center Director Gwynneth C. Malin, she conceptualized a number of events at NYU, notably, a screening of Cowspiracy with a Q&A panel featuring Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (March 8th, 2016). The first event of Spring 2016 was “Disaster and Environmental Justice,”a conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert and Eric Klinenberg on The Sixth Extinction and environmental catastrophes (February 10th, 2016). 

Fall 2016 includes events with Naomi Klein, “Vegan Cinema” (Anat Pick), “Love and Death in the Anthropocene” (Dale Jamieson, Bonnie Nadzam, Ulrich Baer, and Roy Scranton), and “Captured at Sea.” Please click here for a full list of events.

Athanassakis moderated  “Vegan Athletes” on March 22nd, 2016, with Nicolas Delon from Animal Studies (video available here). Panelists included two legendary athletes and a medical specialist: the NFL’s David Carter, ultra athlete Rich Roll, animal activist, multi-sport athlete, and entrepreneur, Dominick Thompson (@domzthompson), and NYU’s own specialist on plant-based nutrition, Dr. Michelle McMacken. 

The NYU Environmental Humanities Series works closely with Environmental Studies, the Animal Studies Initiative, the Sustainability Task Force, and the Institute for Public Knowledge