‘My Atlantis Complex’ podcast explores ‘What Makes Us Human’

Aaron Sachs

Amid the rising waters of climate change, Cornell historian Aaron Sachs finds sense in the theater of the absurd in “My Atlantis Complex,” the newest episode in the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series.

“What Makes Us Human?” from the College of Arts and Sciences, showcases the newest thinking across the disciplines about what it means to be human in the 21st century. Featuring 3-4 minute audio essays written and recorded by Cornell faculty, the series releases a new episode each Tuesday through the fall.

“Our society is certainly guilty of some of the same hubris and systematic oppression that supposedly doomed Atlantis,” says Sachs, professor of history, in his podcast. “But most of the people currently suffering from the impact of climate change are not the ones most responsible for causing it. In the ancient world, tragedy seemed to abide by a certain logic; in the modern world, I find more sense in the theater of the absurd.”

“What Makes Us Human” podcasts are available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud and for streaming at as.cornell.edu/humanities, where text versions of the essays are also posted.

- Linda B. Glaser

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