Welcome to The Understory, PPEH's environmental humanities digest! We're growing a digital community space to feature work in EH, share information, and most importantly, to expand conversation in all areas of the environmental humanities. Please feel welcome to contribute your events, related work, and recommendations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
IEC brings together researchers working directly with community-based partners to develop a picture of the varied and uneven impacts that stem from the international workings of energy industries.
These virtual meetings provide an opportunity for each team to update the whole group about their work in and with communities grappling with energy transitions and the often complex experiences and emotions that accompany them.
During their November presentation, the teams offered compelling glimpses into their processes and outcomes. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for further developments from IEC in 2024! In the meantime, you can read more about the November updates by visiting the IEC site. [Read the November IEC updates]
Read about Aman Sharma's dynamic path to youth climate activism and see some of his inspiring nature photography in “Field Notes,” PPEH's collection of interviews, essays, and reflections from our community.
Aman is a climate activist, wildlife photographer, and conservationist from New Delhi, India. He is also a current undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania (C ‘26) and was a Public Research Intern with PPEH’s [My Climate Story] project. (2022-23). [Read “A Path To Youth Climate Activism in New Delhi”]
The first half of our Climate and Democracy series presented in collaboration with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy has been full of fascinating perspectives on the intersections of environmental issues and the concerns of world democracies.
We’re looking forward to continuing to explore these topics in the new year, picking back up on Thursday, January 18, 2024 with a talk from Edward Maibach, Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
Keep an eye on our events page and The Understory for more details to come. We can’t wait to see you there!
New Courses Added to Our Spring 2024 EH Minor Course Guide!
The environmental humanities minor in the School of Arts & Sciences gives Penn students the opportunity to work across disciplines and explore how knowledge systems represent and respond to past and present environments, ecologies, places and worlds at a variety of scales.
If you're teaching a course you don't see listed send us a message— we'd love to add it!
Jobs + Opportunities
The Environmental Innovations Initiative at UPenn has issued a call for faculty and lecturer proposals for Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Application deadline: January 15, 2024
The program provides full funding for graduate or undergraduate summer research assistants, who work directly with faculty and lecturers to update or create new syllabi, lectures, assignments, texts, and/or tests that incorporate environmental themes. [Learn more and apply]
The Penn School of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for the 2024 Penn Grad Talks. Application deadline: February 1, 2024
Penn Grad Talks features TED Talk-style presentations that allow students to share their research, build their professional portfolio, and offers a chance to win a cash prize. Students who are enrolled in the spring of 2024, in a doctoral or master's program through the School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Division, or in a master's program in the School of Arts & Sciences College of Liberal and Professional Studies are invited to apply. [Learn more and apply]
The Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health is hiring a Climate Change and Health Assistant. Application deadline: January 3, 2024
The PRCCEH is looking for up to two part-time assistants to support their efforts to implement climate change and children’s environmental health programming. This is a temporary position, running until 11/30/24, perfect for recent grads or current graduate students in the Philadelphia region. [Learn more and apply]
If you have a job opening or opportunity listing coming up, drop us a message to have it featured in an upcoming issue!