August 15, 2018

Roy Scranton

Harvard Book Store, 350 Mass, and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed writer and Notre Dame English professor ROY SCRANTON—author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene—for a discussion of his latest book, We're Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change. He will be joined in conversation by ANDREW BACEVICH—acclaimed historian, author, and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University.


An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. We’re Doomed. Now What? penetrates to the very heart of our time.

Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change—the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what?

We’re Doomed. Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation. Whether writing about sailing through the melting Arctic, preparing for Houston’s next big storm, watching Star Wars, or going back to the streets of Baghdad he once patrolled as a soldier, Roy Scranton handles his subjects with the same electric, philosophical, demotic touch that he brought to his groundbreaking book, Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.

About Author(s)

Roy Scranton is the author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, and co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His journalism, essays, and fiction have been published in The NationRolling StoneThe New York TimesBoston Review, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton and an MA from the New School for Social Research and teaches in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame.

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. He is the author of numerous books including America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.