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“Everything in Nature
Invites us constantly
To be what we are.”
Gretel Ehrlich

Critical Encounters: Human|Nature will examine the relationships and tensions between humankind and the natural world and will consider how factors such as the culture, wealth, geography, and history of societies have influenced humanity’s stewardship, exploitation, understanding, and artistic representations of the natural environment. It will investigate how past actions have resulted in local and global environmental crises and weigh potential solutions. Human|Nature will survey how societies either choose to collectively protect their shared resources or retreat from cooperation and the impact these decisions have had on humanity and human rights. Human|Nature will also gauge the impact of the natural world on human development by considering how nature has shaped the shared human experience as well as exploring the degree to which individual values, qualities, and desires are either naturally imbued or socially nurtured.