New event series reveals the arts and humanities of sustainability

Eriel Deranger During the TarSands HealingWalk

A new event series called “Arts and Humanities in Sustainability" will explore the human connection and place in relation to the natural world, as well as integrate different sets of knowledge to ultimately find new solutions for a sustainable future.

"The goal of this new series is to demonstrate the impact the arts and humanities have on sustainability," says Ann Kinzig, a series co-creator, senior sustainability scientist in Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and professor in the School of Life Sciences. "Many sustainability challenges have no easy solutions.This means we have to go well beyond science to understand how people see the world, relate to it, and imagine what it could be."

The Global Institute of Sustainability partners with the Institute of Humanities ResearchASU Art Museum, and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to sponsor the series that examines sustainability concepts through a diverse range of ideas, emotions, actions, and contexts.