On Feb. 13, 2014, we aired an interview with Prof. Adam Rome, organizer of UD’s first ever Lights, Camera, EARTH! (LCE) environmental film festival. He discussed how films about the environment have been undergoing something of a renaissance, then outlined the 11 films that will be shown Feb. 21-23 in Mitchell Hall, including films like Blue Vinyl, The Garden and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. Prof. Rome also talked to us about UD’s new program in Environmental Humanities, and how media like books and film could be used to get people interested in the protecting the environment.
You can view the full LCE festival schedule, including the films to be shown in afternoon and evening sessions on all three days (Friday Feb. 21 through Sunday Feb. 23). Guests include Director John Fiege (Above All Else) and Director Ian Cheney (The City Dark). The event also will feature the “Dare to be Green!” student video competition. The entire event is free and open to the public.
Listen to the interview
Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment and Associate Professor of History and English
About our guest
Adam Rome has a joint appointment in English and History, and he is co-director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the leading environmental historians in America, examining how Americans have related to the environment, with special emphasis on the history of environmental activism.
Rome worked as a journalist for several years before entering academia, and has written two books, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, which won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award, and The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.
He currently teaches courses on environmental non-fiction writing and history, specializing in Americans’ relationship with the environment.
- Lights, Camera EARTH! Festival Page
- The Delaware Environmental Institute
- Adam Rome’s official History and English pages
- The Genius of Earth Day: : How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation. Macmillan. 2013.
- Environmental Humanities Page
- The Split Personality of an Environmental Historian
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