**Open to Benton Scholars only**
This course will survey contemporary scholarly and policy assessments that suggest we may have reached ‘peak humanity,’ and now face potential mass extinction events. These are catastrophes arising from the convergence of biological, climatic, economic, technological factors on one hand, and war on the other. The course focuses on these scenarios of extinction without any intention of proving or disproving them. Instead, in this seminar we will highlight how serious assessments of a possible global apocalypse repeatedly treat the mass displacement of peoples and the crossing of political borders as a key ‘vector’ in hastening the end of the world as we know it.
Limited to incoming Benton Scholars, this FSEM will be taught by Professor Daniel Bertrand Monk, the George R. and Myra T. Cooley Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Professor of Geography and Middle East Studies. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy the Scientific Perspective core requirement.
Daniel Bertrand Monk is currently studying the arguments that people make for the utility of refugee camps and refugee shelters. When he's not doing that, he's doing other things.