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The Evolving Moral Landscape: Perspectives on the Environment – Literary, Historical and Interplanetary

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 @ 12:00pm

Where:

Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, DC

Contact:

Camila Escobar-Vredevoogd

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will bring together three scholars from three different disciplines in a panel discussion centered on human perspectives on the environment and the moral implications of those views.

The panel discussion, titled "The Evolving Moral Landscape: Perspectives on the Environment – Literary, Historical and Interplanetary," will take place at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The panel features David H. Grinspoon, the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, in his first public event at the Library. The astrobiology chair, established in the fall of 2011, focuses on an important area of human inquiry — the cultural, philosophical, ethical and societal implications of astrobiology.

Additional panelists are environmental historian Jean-Francois Mouhot, a scholar in the environmental history of Haiti and current Marie Curie Fellow at the Kluge Center; and Matthias Klestil, Bavarian Fellow at the Kluge Center who studies the environmental consciousness in African-American literature.

Kluge Center Director Carolyn T. Brown will moderate the discussion.

More information: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-027.html