Loyola University Maryland Humanities Symposium 2022 Keynote Address

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Loyola University Maryland-McGuire Hall
Andrew White Student Center
4501 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 6:00pm

Types: Literature
Price Ranges: Free, but advance registration required
Phone: 410-617-5932

Jeff VanderMeer, considered “one of the world’s foremost weird fiction writers,” will deliver the keynote address, Landscape, Change and the Long Road Ahead, at Loyola University Maryland’s Humanities Symposium 2022.


Open to the general public as well as the region’s academic communities, the lecture takes place at Loyola and also will be livestreamed for those who want to attend virtually.


VanderMeer will participate in a book signing immediately following the lecture with books available for purchase.

Called “the weird Thoreau” by The New Yorker, he frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling. His NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first volume, Annihilation, won both the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and was adapted into a movie by Paramount.


Recent works include Dead Astronauts, Borne (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award) and The Strange Bird, which are being developed for TV by AMC and continue to explore themes related to the environment, animals and our future. His latest novel, Hummingbird Salamander, wraps questions about climate change, identity and our world into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy. It has been optioned by Netflix and Michael Sugar (Anonymous Content).


At the Humanities Symposium keynote, VanderMeer will explore what it means to be human in an age of extreme weather events and escalating climate change. He will discuss ecological themes in his own writing, as well as reflect the environmental themes in this year’s Symposium text, The Left Hand of Darkness. Winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this 1969 novel from Ursula K. Le Guin follows a human ambassador’s visit to an icy planet on which the gender of its inhabitants is inherently fluid.


While admission is free, advance registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. To reserve seating, visit loyola.edu/join-us/humanities-symposium, visit the Andrew White Student Center box office on a Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or call the box office at 410-617-5932.