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2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments

March 9, 2017

The Buffalo Humanities Festival ( consists of three days of talks, music, performances, community debates, and other activities on a pressing topic. The theme for 2017 is “Environments,” with events focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, local and regional activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. In the past, The Festival has attracted such speakers as Gary Shteyngart, Jill Lepore, and Dava Sobel.

The spotlight speaker for the 4th Buffalo Humanities Festival will be environmental author and social activist Bill McKibben who will give a talk on “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment.”

This annual event was started in 2014 and is presented by the University at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute in cooperation with Buffalo State College, Canisius College, and Niagara University as well as cultural institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.