Timefulness: Minding Nature and Thinking in Deep Time With Marcia Bjornerud, author of Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Join us in celebration of the latest issue of Minding Nature, an environmental journal from the Center for Humans and Nature.

The Spring/Summer 2019 issue features geologist and author Marcia Bjornerud who will read from her recent book, Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Bjornerud will also be joined in conversation with senior editor Anja Claus as they discuss how Earth’s many-layered deep time story can expand our limited sense of temporality and drive us to become better ecological citizens. Complimentary copies of the journal and refreshments will be on hand. Free and open to the public.

Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. In Timefulness, Marcia Bjornerud reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future. Marcia Bjornerud presents a new way of thinking about our place in time, enabling us to make decisions on multigenerational timescales.

The Center for Humans and Nature is an organization based in Chicago that partners with some of the brightest minds to explore human responsibilities to each other and the more-than-human world. We bring together philosophers, ecologists, artists, political scientists, anthropologists, poets, and economists, among others, to think creatively about a resilient future for the whole community of life. Learn more at humansandnature.org

Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University. Her research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. She has done research in high arctic Norway (Svalbard) and Canada (Ellesmere Island), as well as mainland Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Lake Superior region. Bjornerud is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway and University of Otago, New Zealand. She is the author of Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth, as well as a contributing writer to The New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

Anja Claus is the Senior Editor of the Center for Humans and Nature’s journal Minding Nature, a triannual publication that explores the values and practices of democratic ecological citizenship. Claus also writes and searches out stories that help us reimagine our relationship to each other and to planet Earth as a whole. These stories range from deeper philosophical concepts, to reflections of wider-ranging historical perspectives, to the personal story within local places.

Event date: 
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691181202
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 11th, 2018