This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Nancy Tessman Auditorium Salt Lake City Public Library at 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
The University of Utah honors essayist and novelist Jonathan Franzen with Award in Environmental Humanities. For more information click here.
Franzen’s environmental essays have stirred audiences on the subjects of climate mitigation, the importance of birds, interspecies ethics, and human resilience in a changing world. Jonathan Franzen has been an outspoken voice for the environment in his fiction and non-fiction across five novels and five works of non-fiction including The Corrections, Freedom, and The End of the End of the Earth.
"Bringing a writer of Jonathan Franzen’s status to campus is a rare opportunity for our students and for the broader community", says Jeffrey McCarthy, Director of the Environmental Humanities Program. "We are especially excited to underline the important environmental contributions Franzen has made with his essays and his novels. This award is the world’s first prize in the field of environmental humanities. It celebrates our recipients while putting their goals in the spotlight. It also puts the U on a national stage, and further distinguishes our Environmental Humanities Graduate Program."
The Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities celebrates environmental leadership and expression. The $10,000 award honors those who solve the planet’s environmental problems using tools of the humanities, such as creative expression, scholarly research, popular art forms and advocacy.