Ken Hiltner is a professor of English literature and Environmental Studies. This website was originally created to house a variety of materials supporting his courses, though now also aggregates resources relating to research & professional service (more).


Hiltner is Director of the Environmental Humanities Center (EHC). The EHC Website has full details on its mission and range of programming.

Featured Course

Intro to Literature and the Environment: Spring 2015. This course surveys nearly 5000 thousand years of literature in order to explore the literary history of our relationship with the earth, as well as to better understand our current environmental beliefs. This course is completely open-access, including lectures, the Course Reader, and additional material (website; student feedback).

Climate Change

Between three and four percent of global electricity production is used in running data centers. Our web host has invested in local Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, in the form of wind power, in an amount that exceeds the energy required to both power and cool their servers (cooling, incidentally, more than doubles the required electricity for a data server). More on energy use by our web host; wind power's potential from Stanford University; and environmental issues related to data centers from the NY Times.

Recent Talks

“Why the Environmental Humanities Matter,” Stony Brook University, February 2015.

"Should We Welcome the Anthropocene?" UCSB, October 2014. Watch talk

"Nature: How Much Does It Matter?" Pomona College, September 2013.

"Reconsidering Milton, Ecology, and Place," Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, May 2013.

"Environmental Criticism: What is at Stake?" University of Pennsylvania, April 2013.

"The Role of the Environmental Humanities in Our Future," Princeton University, April 2013.

"Reading the Renaissance, Greenly," Sarah Lawrence College, April 2013.

"The Role of the Past in Our Environmental Future," D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, April 2013.

"Food and the Future, and the Environment," Princeton Food Salon, April 2013.

"Paradise Lost 2.0," 2013 Annual Renaissance Society of America Conference, San Diego, California, April 2013.

"Looking Forward, Environmentally" Boise State University, April 2013.

Opening Remarks, The Environmental Humanities in a Changing World, Princeton University, March 2013.

"Forward to Nature," University of Oregon, March 2013.

"The Two Cultures in Environmental Studies," Princeton University, February 2013.

“Abandoning the Past, Toward a New Environment-al Ethic,” Rutgers University, December 2012.

“Dread in Paradise Lost,” Tenth International Milton Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, August 2012.

(Additional talks listed in the online CV.)