Ursula Heise has been a leader in Environmental Criticism since the early 1990s, and she has published extensively on the ways in which global environmental crises impact the literatures of the United States, Western Europe, and Latin America. Professor Heise’s forthcoming book, Sense of Place, Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global Oxford) promises to be the most comprehensive study to date on the literature of global environmentality.
Elaine Scarry is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University and a public intellectual who has written extensively on the relation of justice to the arts. She is also an avid gardener and environmental advocate. Scarry’s publications include The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (Oxford, 1985), On Beauty and Being Just (1999), and most recently Who Defended the Country? A New Democracy Forum on Authoritarian and Democratic Approaches to National Defense (2003).