Author Tim Morton lecture, “Don't Just Do Something, Sit There! Ecology, Theory, Ideology”
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 7:00pm

Timothy Morton, a professor of literature and the environment at the University of California at Davis, will deliver a free lecture, “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! Ecology, Theory, Ideology.”

The “ecological emergency we have entered is real,” says Morton, author of Ecology Without Nature, Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (2007) and The Ecological Thought (forthcoming). Yet that should not preclude slowing for critical reflection and analysis of this historic moment. To consider ecology “requires us to imagine interconnectedness and coexistence in a profound and vast way,” a task that necessitates a humanities approach.

“The current situation has not yet gelled, and we should use this window of opportunity to open up our thinking about politics, science and culture,” Morton says.


When: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Where: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338
Time: 7:00 pm 

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Morton’s talk is sponsored by the Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University. 

ABOUT TIMOTHY MORTON: A professor at UC Davis, Morton’s teaching and research interests include literature and the environment, theories of ecology, food studies, sound and music, Romanticism, the 18th century, literary theory and philosophy. He writes the blog For more information, visit

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of PSU’s Portland Center for Public Humanities, explores concepts of sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical theory and anthropology. The project is sponsored by a grant through PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, with support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.