#58 Roy Scranton – Our drive to make meaning is more powerful than oil
Roy Scranton is the author of We’re Doomed. Now What? and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: He has been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. In 2002, he enlisted in the US Army, serving four years, including a fourteen-month deployment to Iraq. After leaving the Army at the rank of sergeant, he completed his bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree at the New School for Social Research, then earned a PhD in English at Princeton. His essay “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” was selected for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University. He currently lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his partner and daughter, and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.
We recorded this conversation in front of a very engaged audience at the public library in Gothenburg during The Gothenburg Filmfestival on the 26th of January. The theme for this years film festival was the Apolaypse, so many thanks to the festival who chose to expose the climate crises in many different ways and also thanks to Martin Holmqvist at the Gothenburg Public Library, who hosted this conversation.