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Ben Mylius

Ben Mylius is a creative writer and a political theorist with a background in law. He’s originally from Australia but now lives in New York City, where he is completing a PhD at Columbia, following his masters in law from Yale Law School. He’s a recipient of several of Australia’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarships, including the General Sir John Monash Award (Australia’s homegrown equivalent of the Rhodes Scholarships). In his academic work, Ben is interested in two central questions. First: what is “the Anthropocene,” and what does it mean for political theory? And second: what is the purpose and role that abstract humanistic thinking should play in public life? While in NYC, he’s been involved with arts projects, convening transdisciplinary discussion groups, and other initiatives to try to connect classroom teaching and democratic citizenship. He’s also working on two novel-length projects about the ways that young people in Australia relate to the natural world.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Time in the wilderness
  2. Family
  3. Close friends
  4. Music
  5. Stories
  6. Pottery
  7. The night sky
  8. Wise conversations
  9. Downtime
  10. The Australian accent

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