Fall Conference 2021: “This Mazed World”

The Humanities and Climate Change
October 22 & 23
UVM’s Davis Center and Online

“This Mazed World:” The Humanities and Climate Change

As climate scientists warn of an escalating, and perhaps uncontrollable, catastrophe in the making and as Americans witness the intensity of climate disruption in western wildfires and eastern hurricanes, we need the humanities to help us make sense of our changing world, build resilience, and work to change the path we are on.

Our 48th annual Fall Conference will be held at the University of Vermont on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23. We’re currently planning for the conference to include both virtual conversations and in-person opportunities, but this may change due to the ongoing pandemic. Free online events related to the conference will begin in early October. 

Registration for the conference will open in late August. Watch for more details in our summer email campaigns and postcard mailings. 

….the spring, the summer, 
The childing autumn, angry winter, change 
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world, 
By their increase, now knows not which is which. 
And this same progeny of evils comes 
From our debate, from our dissension; 
We are their parents and original.  

William Shakespeare 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Act II, Scene 1

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A Midsummer Night's Dream. Illustration by Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939) to the play by William Shakespeare.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream illustration by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Act 2 scene 1, Titania and Oberon: “And now they never meet in grove or green, / By fountain clear, or spangled starlight sheen / But they do square”