The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Feb 6, 2018
| 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Black History Month
Green is the New Black: Climate Justice and the Black World
This panel considers how the history of racism is connected to climate change by discussing issues such as the recent major storms in the Caribbean and who is most vulnerable to extreme weather as well as the relationship between environmental disaster, sanctuary, and the demands of black literature and art. Join us for a discussion with Michael Dorsey (Senior Program Officer for Sustainability, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Adviser, UN Climate and Sustainability), Sonya Posmentier (Author of Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature; NYU Department of English), and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and co-editor of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas; NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge).
Michael Dorsey is senior program officer for sustainability at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. His career includes advising several pools of private equity finance on renewable energy, infrastructure, and illiquid asset matters; co-founding the Center for Environmental Health and IslandsFirst.org; and an environmental studies professorship at Dartmouth College, as well as several international guest faculty positions. A designated UN adviser on climate, energy sustainability, and small island developing states, Dorsey has held advisory roles with the EPA, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and the Clinton administration.
Sonya Posmentier teachers Black literature in the Department of English at NYU. She is the author of Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature (JHUP, 2017) as well as articles and essays published in American Literature, American Literary History, Race and Real Estate, the Blackwell Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, Public Books, and The New York Times Book Review.
Geographer and writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World (Random House, 2016) and the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (University of California Press, 2016). Currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, Artforum, The Believer, and The Nation, among many other publications.