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Slow Violence and Our Political Moment

When media interest, public policy, and electoral campaigns are shaped around perceived immediate need, how can we convert into image and narrative those disasters that are slow-moving and long in the making, disasters starring nobody, disasters that are attritional and of indifferent interest in our image-driven world? Rob Nixon will discuss slow violence in relation to the most urgent issues of our time, including climate breakdown, Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and the future of fracking.


Rob Nixon holds the Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of a variety of books, most recently Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.

Nixon writes frequently for the New York Times. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Nation, London Review of Books, Aeon, Truthout, Outside, Boston Review, Public Books, LitHub, Chronicle of Higher Education, TLS, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation-SSRC fellowship, a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and a Guggenheim.

Nixon’s work for the past twenty-five years has been focused on environmental justice, particularly in the global South.

Arranged by Professor Phil Brick, Politics Department.

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Event
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Environmental & Sustainability


Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public, Alumni


Academic, Social Sciences, Politics, Academic Theme






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