Peter Cannavò, associate professor of government and director of the environmental studies program, discussed the views of political theorist Hannah Arendt, author of The Human Condition, as well as his own perspectives on the politics of place on KPFA’s Against the Grain radio program on Oct. 7. During the hour-long broadcast, Cannavò stressed the importance of democratic deliberation and pointed to an overemphasis on development to the detriment of preservation.
The co-editor of Engaging Nature - Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon, Cannavò also wrote one of the book’s essays focused on the writings of Arendt on action, consumption and alienation. He is also the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place.
According to its website, Against the Grain is a radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters -- political, economic, social and cultural -- important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Based in Berkeley, California, KPFA is the nation’s first community-supported radio station and reaches about a third of the state.