Building on the success of our inaugural meeting in Spring 2009, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Departments of Language & Literature and Communication & Philosophy seek again to join the international conversation on sustainability in our 2nd International Humanities and Sustainability Conference. To be held Thursday, October 7th to Saturday, October 9th, 2010, this conference will serve dual—but intertwined—purposes, one of which is to address the issue of sustainability in all of its complexity: the definition, ambiguity, and even problematic nature of the term; its widespread application to crises in ecology and culture; and especially its implications for and within humanities disciplines. In an era increasingly dominated by technology-, economics-, and business-related areas of study, the humanities’ role in fostering environmental and cultural sustainability can only be appreciated if humanities disciplines are valued and pursued with the same enthusiasm that administrators, students, and the public show toward these more “practical” fields. The 2nd International Humanities and Sustainability Conference will thus also be a forum for addressing the sustainability of humanities study itself.
The 2010 conference will coincide with FGCU’s annual Sustainability Week, sponsored by the FGCU Student Government. From Monday, October 4th through Friday, October 8th there will be a number of events showing how the University and its students and faculty are engaging the issue of sustainability.