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Dr. Elena Past, Marsico Visiting Scholar

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Elena Past, Wayne State University

"Fire and Ice: Climate Change, More-than-Human Media, and (Stealth) Environmental Humanities in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth"

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Sturm Hall, Room 451
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Refreshments 4:30 p.m. | Lecture 5:00 p.m.

Register below!

Elena PastPaolo Sorrentino, an award-winning Italian director from Naples, filmed Youth (2015) in the Swiss Alps, a landscape of global financial power that is the setting for the annual World Economic Forum. Although it may seem to be a film about privileged, isolated individuals experiencing existential crises, an ecocritical reading of this quirky film helps us trace anxieties about the future of the planet, climate change, and cinema's role in a climate-changed future. Interrogating some of the political and elemental forces that traverse the film (including the petroleum fires that fuel cinema and the melting ice of the Alpine glaciers), I propose that via a creative critical practice of "stealth environmentalism," we can confront environmental crisis in all kinds of art and media.

Elena Past is Associate Professor of Italian and Associate Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her research includes work on the toxic waste crisis in Naples, Mediterranean cinema and ecocinema, and Italian crime fiction and film. Her book, Italian Ecocinema Beyond the Human, is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. She also co-edited Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies (2018, University of Virginia Press) with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti, and Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (2014, Palgrave MacMillan) with Deborah Amberson.


 For Transportation information:

By Train: take RTD Light Rail E, F, or H to the University of Denver stop. Walk three blocks south on S. High Street. Turn east on E. Asbury Ave. Storm Hall is on the south side of E. Asbury Ave.

By Car: hourly parking is available in Lot 316W, located on the west side of Sturm Hall near E. Asbury Avenue and S. High Street.