Sydney Ideas - Outside the Square: Are Humans the Only Beings that Matter?

27 July 2017


Outside the Square is a lively new series of interactive discussions designed especially for graduates of the University of Sydney.

Are Humans the Only Beings that Matter? How to Be Sustainable: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities

We’re all in the same boat. Environmental crisis feels big, abstract, and difficult to do much about.

Part of the problem lies in the way we talk about the environment. The language we use is formal and scientific - carbon dioxide, emissions, biodegradables - further disconnecting our daily lives from the realities of climate change, irreversible pollution and species extinction.

Is there anything we can actually do that will matter? What is the use of art and everyday culture while the tides rise and the planet burns? What does it mean to be a good ecological citizen when it seems the world is collapsing around us?

Our expert panel will address these growing concerns and offer ways we can all truly be sustainable.


  • Professor David Schlosberg - Professor of Environmental Politics; Co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute
  • Dr Astrida Neimanis - Lecturer of Gender and Cultural Studies
  • Dr Alana Mann - Chair of the Department of Media and Communications

Places are limited, bookings essential. Ticket price includes drinks and canapés by the renowned chefs of Spice Alley.


Event details

Sydney Ideas - Outside the Square: Are Humans the Only Beings that Matter?

Where Level 3, The Old Rum Store
Kensington Street,Chippendale Creative Precinct

27 July 2017

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