Energy and the Literature of Moral Dilemmas

David Aberbach, Antonella Mazzone, Helen Gavin
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11:00 - 12:00
Online Webinar
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Lectures and seminars
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In this online talk David Aberbach, Helen Gavin, and Antonella Mazzone explore the moral issues surrounding energy use, using literature as a tool and a source of insight that can help us understand and explore current problems and the human factor, when sometimes bare facts and science cannot.

  • David will talk about literary views on the uses of energy. Energy can be construed as part of the age-old battle between good and evil, and this is a central and consistent theme in literature, particularly since the Industrial Revolution. David will use two English classics, John Milton’s 'Paradise Lost', and William Blake’s poem, ‘The Tiger’, to show how energy is a force both of creativity and destruction, then and now.
  • Helen will give an overview of contemporary energy issues, the use of different resources over time, progress since the industrial revolution and modern dilemmas such as energy access, climate change, and the move towards renewable energy sources.
  • Antonella will draw upon her work with people and communities in the Brazilian Amazon and express the benefits of hearing and incorporating indigenous literature and oral myths into energy discussions.