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On Rising: Exertion, Activism, and Art in the Age of Climate Change

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Lewiston, ME 04240

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Now in its 22nd year, The Philp J. Otis '95 Endowment was established in 1996 by a gift from Margaret V. B. and C. Angus Wurtele in loving memory of their son, Philip, Class of 1995, who died attempting to rescue an injured climber on Mount Rainier, the Philip J. Otis ’95 Endowment is a permanent fund at Bates College. In recognition of Philip’s appreciation for the Earth’s environment and the wilderness, the Otis Endowment helps to support the college’s programs in areas with an environmental focus. The Endowment supports the Philip J. Otis Lecture on environmental and/or eco-spiritual themes. This lectureship brings to campus scholars and presenters of regional, national, and international reputation.

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpers, Guernica, Granta, Orion, Creative Nonfiction, The Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique and the New Republic, among others. From 2015-2017 she served as the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017). Today she teaches creative nonfiction courses at Brown University that carry the environmental sciences and digital technologies into the humanities classroom.




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