Environmental Humanities Initiative

Social Justice and the Environmental Imagination

With generous support from the Mellon Foundation's Higher Learning Initiative

The Environmental Humanities initiative at Reed College fosters innovative curriculum, vital scholarship, and collaborative approaches to ecological crisis and the cultural imagination. Expanding Reed’s curricular offerings in an array of humanistic disciplines, Environmental Humanities (EH) connects diverse fields of study to urgent, complex questions of social and environmental justice in the classroom and beyond. New EH courses leverage the power of humanistic inquiry to reveal truths and promote change by examining environmental and social justice as inextricably linked threads: interdependent and mutually constitutive in crisis, but also in transformation. Fostering a more capacious understanding of social justice through the environmental imagination broadens our understanding of political activism to examine narratives centered not only on civil rights but also on what is right for those who share a place.