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Fisher Center Faculty Fellows on Climate, Culture and Literature

The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice hosts the first presentations by this year’s Faculty Fellows on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Robinson Murphy and Visiting Assistant Professor of English Taylor Brorby will address this year’s Fisher Center theme, “The Drowned World,” with their respective talks, “Climate Change and the Death Drive” and “The Fracking of My Body,” at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall 212.

Murphy holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. His research has appeared in Forum for Modern Language Studies, Research in African Literatures, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies and Irish Studies Review. His Fisher Center project uses psychoanalysis to look at Australian climate fiction.

Brorby is a contributing editor at North American Review and serves on the editorial board of His work has been supported with fellowships and grants from the National Books Critics Circle, the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He is the author of Crude: Poems, Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and co-editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America; has been interviewed about his work on NPR; and travels the country regularly to lecture on hydraulic fracking and climate change. As a Fisher Center fellow he has begun work on a book about the Missouri River.

Aligning with the campus-wide Year of Water, “The Drowned World” examines water as a conduit for connection, the undercurrent of life. From struggles over social justice movements from Flint, Standing Rock and Seneca Lake to Palestine, India and New Zealand, this year’s series examines the role water plays as a resource in the struggles for a better world, addressing questions such as: How does one recover submerged histories and afterlives—of slave trade, piracy, lawlessness and statelessness? How is the sea as a ground of colonial violence implicated in the liberatory imaginings of the oceanic?

The Fisher Center Faculty Research Fellow presentations continue on March 25 with talks by Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Ricky Price and Susan Cushman, director of introductory biology laboratories, research scientist at the Finger Lakes Institute and president of New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellow Lisa Avron and Associate Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin will deliver the final Faculty Fellow presentations on April 8.