Last Event: Monday Oct. 18 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

What to Do, Even if YOU Didn't Start the Fire: Jewell Parker Rhodes and Stephen Pyne

Don't miss this high-powered Zoom session by prolific and award-winning authors Jewell Parker Rhodes and Stephen Pyne, who will use their recently released books — "Paradise on Fire" (Parker Rhodes) and "The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next" (Pyne), both published in September 2021, as a launchpoint for a rich discussion about what next steps we as individuals and communities can do to change course in an age of fire and environmental injustice. 

Jewell Parker Rhodes is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning educator and writer of books for both youth and adults. She holds the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair at Arizona State University and was the founding director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. She is a professor in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, where she teaches English and narrative studies courses.

ASU professor emeritus Stephen Pyne has been called by Science magazine “the world’s leading authority on the history of fire." Pyne has written 35 books, most of which explore fire through the ages and our relationship with it as humans. On the ASU faculty since 1985, 10 years at ASU West campus and then in the School of Life Sciences, he spent 15 seasons as saw boss and then crew boss serving with the North Rim Longshots fire crew, fighting fires around the Grand Canyon. It shaped the rest of his life.

This event is part of the inaugural Humanities Week at ASU, a collaboration of ASU humanities units, centers and institutes in hosting special events to highlight the ways in which we explore the human adventure across time, culture and place. 

Jewell Parker Rhodes with her dogs and Stephen Pyne with his chickens in backdrop

Zoom session

For more information contact:

Iliana Garcia, Events Coordinator Sr.
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts