Born of students’ desires for a more permanent place for environmental dialogue, the PPEH (Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities) was founded in 2014 by the combined forces of Penn professor Bethany Wiggin and student Leah Davidson to create a fresh and unique forum for work on environmental issues.

With start-up funding from the Green Campus Partnership, the PPEH supported research fellowships and organized public programming at Penn in cooperation with the Penn Humanities Forum as well as partners in Philadelphia, the Delaware and Schuylkill River Valleys, along the eastern seaboard, and across the globe.

Now in year two, PPEH enjoys support from the SAS Dean’s Office, the Green Campus Partnership, and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. PPEH offer competitive year-long research fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students across all Penn’s schools and will be hosting a series of five major public public events outlining the role of the environmental humanities.

« Our nature has never been natural. The history of sustainability has been the history of fragmentation: science and the humanities, their generation and our generation, abstraction and action.

We seek to shape the new normal by cultivating curiosity, exploring emotion, and igniting innovation.

We are a collective of scholars, students, artists, scientists, and educators whose mission is to generate local and global awareness and engagement in the emergent area of the environmental humanities.

We are storytellers, weaving the common roots of our natural heritage into an interdisciplinary narrative. We aim to be a bridge between islands, a thread among branches, a lab for reflection and action.

We are the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities. »

Manifesto of the PPEH

Le site du programme : 

The Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities
3101 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 /


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