Alan Weisman discusses his book "The World Without Us"
Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: He asks us to envision our Earth without us. The World Without Us reveals how just days after humans disappear, floods in New York's subways would start eroding the city's foundations, and how, as the world's cities crumble, asphalt jungles give way to real ones. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dalai Lama, and paleontologists, Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.
The core of the book reveals Earth's tremendous capacity for self-healing. As Weisman explores which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, his narrative ultimately drives toward a radical, but persuasive, solution that doesn't depend on our demise.
This presentation is part of the college's Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.