Black History Month
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. As an accredited investor Dorsey is also a co-founder, limited partner and the sole arbitrating board member of the Hyderabad, India based Univergy/ThinkGreen–and maintains solar investments in over a dozen countries. Dorsey is published widely on environment, development and sustainable finance concerns. A member of the Club of Rome and adviser to three US Presidents—and other heads of state, in 2016, he became a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. For decades, Dorsey’s opinions have appeared regularly in the world’s leading lay television, radio, and print outlets.
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.