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Athanassakis is Co-founder of the NYU Environmental Humanities Series, housed in the Center for the Humanities. The Environmental Humanities Series has hosted a number of events on topics ranging from the Anthropocene, to environmental justice at sea, to climate change action, and species extinction. Notable events include:


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