March 26, 2021

Unimaginable: Hope and Duty in the Anthropocene

Against the backdrop of the unimaginably large and rapid changes wrought by humans to the earth’s atmosphere, this talk will consider two other Anthropocene unimaginables: how we conceive of our responsibility to nonhumans in a world saturated by the human, and how we locate hope from within the institutions and ideologies that gave rise to our present hopelessness.

Doug Kysar is Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty co-director of the Law, Ethics and Animals Program. His teaching and research areas include torts, animal law, environmental law, climate change, products liability, and risk regulation. Kysar was previously on the faculty at Cornell Law School. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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