What is beauty? Where can we find it? In this crazy world that is burning up (quite literally) and seems to be falling apart, does beauty even matter?
I discuss the enduring imperative of beauty far beyond physical appearance or aesthetic with Dr. Alice Brittan, a professor of contemporary literature, and architect Dhiru Thadani. Fascinating parallels and paradoxes emerge that take us on a journey from a vacant lot in Hamilton, Ontario, to the Piazza Navona in Rome. Along the way, we consider the meaning of beauty through the lens of Elaine Scarry’s seminal book On Beauty and Being Just, Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, and the philosophy of American writer Marilynne Robinson.