Paul Bogard (US) is Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative nonfiction and environmental literature. A native Minnesotan, Bogard grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. This experience clearly became an inspiration for his book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (2013), in which Bogard reflects on matters related to ecology and urban development. Something between a personal memoir, a travel book and scientific observation of nature, this work is a call to defend the night.
Session 4: How the Night Changed
Friday 27 February
10:30 - 12:30
Paradiso, Main Hall
The night was once pitch dark. Nocturnal human activity was determined by darkness. The real darkness of the night informed our cultural conception of night and darkness. But the night changed during the nineteenth century