Posted April 17, 2015

Popular Temple ‘Cli-Fi’ class covered by Reuters, NYT

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Climate fiction, or “cli-fi,” classes are emerging at college campuses around the world. English PhD candidate Ted Howell’s popular 'Cli-Fi' course was featured in a Reuters story that was picked up by 'The New York Times'.

Temple graduate student Ted Howell’s fiction class, Cli-Fi: Science Fiction, Climate Change and Apocalypse, was featured in a Thomson Reuters Foundation story about the emergence of climate fiction classes at campuses around the world. A shorter version of the piece was published in The New York Times.

The class examines novels such as H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, a look at the future written in 1895, and Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, in which characters warn of a disaster that will dramatically reshape life on Earth.

Howell, a PhD candidate in the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts, also was quoted in a Reuters story about Game of Thrones, the hit television series about a fictional continent impacted by climate change.​