From recycling reminders to youth-led Climate Strikes, we are routinely prompted to consider our personal culpability for an ecological crisis that is global in scope, unprecedented in scale, and densely collective. This presentation traces the rhetorical history of guilt to show how our contemporary conception inhibits understanding of and effective engagement with the novel forms of environmental guilt that are so prevalent—and so potent—in an age of climate destabilization and mass extinction. Acknowledging guilt’s past is to acknowledge it has a future, one that will be written by us. In this talk, Professor Tim Jensen looks to a future where guilt is shaped in tune with the ecologies that sustain us and others.
Tim Jensen is Associate Professor and Director of Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. He researches and teaches rhetorical theory, environmental communication, and composition pedagogy. His book, Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), illuminates how environmental guilt is provoked, perpetuated, and framed through everyday discourse. As Director of Writing, he oversees foundational writing courses at OSU and mentors Graduate Teaching Assistants in developing their pedagogical skills. Alongside his academic research, he is actively involved in wild salmon advocacy and other ecological restoration projects.
Wednesday, October 23 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Memorial Union Building (MU), Journey Room
2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331