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14 Sep
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sep 14, 2017 -Sep 15, 2017 | All day


The Gallatin Climate Change Initiative: A Conference

When it comes to climate change, the work of scientists is conclusive: in the past half-century, that work has produced a widely accepted consensus that the planet is warming and that humans are responsible. Though scientists must continue to monitor the amount of warming and to track its effects, climate change is a complex problem whose unfolding will reach beyond such analysis. Recognizing this, scholars in fields other than the natural sciences have recently begun to mobilize their disciplinary expertise to respond to climate change.

The goal of this conference is for faculty and students, at Gallatin and NYU, to engage with this new work. Those of us in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and community activism study human motivation, creativity, agency, and ways of living. How can we use that study to imagine the transformations and losses of climate change? How can we make concrete the challenges that humans will face in the next century? How can we grapple with the ethical issues presented by a problem whose most intense effects will be experienced by populations other than those most responsible for planetary warming? How can we inspire people in the present to create a different future, to slow warming, or to mitigate its effects?

The conference is free open to the public.


Thursday, September 14

4:00–5:00 pm
Art Gallery opening

5:00–7:00 pm
Keynote address: Naomi Oreskes

Friday, September 15

9:00–9:30 am

9:30–11:00 am
Climate Change Across Borders: Global Effects

Rosalind Fredericks, Ritty Lukose, and Jacob Remes (Gallatin); Jerome Whitington (Department of Anthropology, CAS); Alison Heslin (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis; formerly a member of the Gallatin faculty)
Panel Chair: Millery Polyné (Gallatin)

11:15–12:45 pm
Climate and the Imagination
Anne DeWitt, Sara Murphy, Bella Mirabella
(Gallatin) Greg Vargo (Gallatin and Department of English, CAS); Una Chadhuri (Department of English, CAS), Karl Appuhn (Department of History, CAS)
Panel Chair: Matthew Stanley (Gallatin)

12:45–1:45 pm
Break for Lunch

2–3:15 pm
Global Design: The Problem of Scale

Louise Harpman, Mitch Joachim, Peder Anker, Eugenia Kisin (Gallatin)
Panel Chair: Meleko Mokgosi (Gallatin)

3:30–4:45 pm
The Intersection Between Climate Change and Social Justice: a conversation with Gallatin Students, Alumni, and NYC Community Activists
Panel Chair: Gianpaolo Baiocchi (Urban Democracy Lab, Gallatin)

5:00–6:00 pm
Special preview of Climate Change Theater Action 2017

A series of short plays curated by Chantal Bilodeau
Directed by Kristin Horton
To be followed by a discussion with Chantal Bilodeau

Naomi Oreskes is professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, and an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and author. She received a BSc (First Class Honours) in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, and later worked as an exploration geologist in the Australian outback. In 1990, she received an interdisciplinary PhD in Geological Research and History of Science from Stanford University. She joined the faculty at Harvard in 2013 after 15 years at the University of California, San Diego.