On Becoming Green: The Changing Sense of Place in the American City

Open talk by Professor David E. Nye, from the Center for American Studies University of Southern Denmark.

City street with cars and trees.Both environmentalism and the writing about "place" have long been associated with the countryside, but half of the world’s people now live in cities. According to UN estimates, by 2030 60 percent of the world's population will be urban. Already the US is more than 70 percent urban. How can cities, which occupy only 3 percent of the earth’s land area, become “greener," and how is this process related to discovering, developing, and sustaining a new sense of urban place? This lecture will be based in part on The Environmental Humanities, A Critical Introduction (co-authored with Robert Emmett) MIT Press, October, 2017.

About David E. Nye

David E. Nye has taught American studies in the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark, and lectured throughout Europe on American history and culture.

The 28 books he has edited or written include, most recently, The Environmental Humanities, A Critical Introduction (2017), America's Assembly Line (2013) and When the Lights Went Out (2010). His Electrifying America (1990) won the Dexter Prize and the Abel Wolman Award. His most frequently cited book is American Technological Sublime (1994). His America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings (MIT, April, 2003) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His Technology Matters: Questions to Live With was translated into French and German and received the Sally Hacker Prize in 2009. He has appeared on the BBC and American public radio, and he was the narrator and one of the scriptwriters for the eight part Danish television series, "Inventing Modern America."

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