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Rethinking Life, The Universe And Everything In The Anthropocene

Law professor Jedediah Purdy and theology professor Norman Wirzba team up to push for a major re-think of life in the Anthropocene epoch.
Donn Young
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Duke University
Law professor Jedediah Purdy and theology professor Norman Wirzba team up to push for a major re-think of life in the Anthropocene epoch.
Law professor Jedediah Purdy and theology professor Norman Wirzba team up to push for a major re-think of life in the Anthropocene epoch.
Credit Donn Young / Duke University
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Duke University
Law professor Jedediah Purdy and theology professor Norman Wirzba team up to push for a major re-think of life in the Anthropocene epoch.

The Anthropocene is considered by many scholars and scientists to be the epoch in which humans became a dominant force in shaping the world around us. 

A conversation with Duke University theology and ecology professor Norman Wirzba and Duke Law professor Jedediah Purdy the future of life, the universe, and everything in the Anthropocene.

Assuming that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, a couple of Duke professors are calling on a mass, multidisciplinary shift in thinking in order to slow the destruction of the planet. They also hope to bring the core tenants of fields like law, philosophy, and politics into a more contemporary frame. Duke University theology and ecology professor Norman Wirzba and Duke Law professor Jedediah Purdysay their own fields, along with many others, need a major and urgent overhaul.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Purdy and Wirzba about their multidisciplinary project and the future of life, the universe, and everything in the Anthropocene.

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Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.