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“Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity” Conference

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a one-day conference, “Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity,” featuring lightning talks by Northeastern faculty and staff, presentations by artists whose work engages with climate change, a hands-on working session, and a keynote by Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecturer Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania.

View the conference program here.

Space is limited and registration is required; please RSVP here.

9:am: Breakfast and registration
9:15am: Welcome
9:30 to 10:15am: Lightning talks featuring: Shalanda H. Baker, Daniel O’Brien, Dietmar Offenhuber, Jennie Stephens, and John Wihbey
10:20 to 11:15am: Lightning talks featuring: Brian Helmuth, Laura Kuhl, Kyla Van Maanen, and Sara Wylie
11:30am to 12:45pm: Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecturer, Bethany Wiggin: “Climate Change and Pedagogy: Experiential and Embodied Learning for the Academy and Beyond”
1 to 2:45pm: Lunch and working session, led by the Sustainability and Resilience Advisory Team at Northeastern, connecting teaching, research, campus, and community
3 to 5pm: Artist presentations featuring: Carolina Aragón, Geoffrey Hudson, and Sarah Kanouse

This all-day conference will begin with lightning talk presentations by a range of Northeastern faculty and staff whose research relates to climate change:
Shalanda H. Baker, Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Brian Helmuth, Marine and Environmental Sciences
Laura Kuhl, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs
Kyla Van Maanen, Global Resilience Institute
Daniel O’Brien, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative
Dietmar Offenhuber, Art + Design and Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Jennie Stephens, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy
John Wihbey, Journalism
Sara Wylie, Sociology and Health Science

Following these talks will be an address by Bethany Wiggin, co-founder of the Data Refuge project. During and after lunch, there will be a working session led by the Sustainability and Resilience Advisory Team at Northeastern, connecting teaching, research, campus, and community. Finally, there will be a panel of presentations by artists whose creative works intersects with climate change:
Carolina AragónAssistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
Geoffrey Hudson, Composer, creator of “A Passion for the Planet
Sarah KanouseArt + Design, Northeastern University

Co-sponsored with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Department of English, the Humanities Center, and the Global Resilience Institute.

Abstract: Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecture

How is climate change changing how we teach and learn? Who are “we” in climate-changed times? While warming accelerates and the present mass extinction event continues, disciplinary fatigue spreads. The host of problems we face in the age of man, the Anthropocene, points to the need for knowledge communities adequate to the problems “man” has made. Drawing on three experiments in place-based, public-facing teaching and research collaboratives, this talk considers the centrality of experiential and embodied learning in STEAM education and the vital need for inclusive, public scholarship today.

Speaker Bio: Bethany Wiggin

Bethany Wiggin joined the faculty at Penn in 2003 where, with her students, she founded in the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) in 2015. She is also an Associate Professor of German and a member of the Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and English. Under her leadership, PPEH received a $1.5 million award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Wiggin has also received grants and awards from the National Geographic Foundation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Whiting Foundation, among others. Her work aims to connect with audiences beyond the academy and has been featured on (selections) the PBS Newshour, CBS Evening News, CNN, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Vice, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Science Friday, Die TagesschauLe Monde. She is presently the co-PI of the interdisciplinary Making A Difference project on Rising Waters: Philadelphia and Mumbai. Her books and essays explore histories of migration, multilingualism, and environmental history since the Columbian exchange across the Atlantic world. She is editor of two forthcoming books: Timescales: Ecological Temporalities across Disciplines (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and Babel of the Atlantic (Penn State University Press, 2019). She is currently writing Utopia Found, Lost, and Re-Imagined in Penn’s Woods and is author of Novel Translations: The European Novel and the German Book (Cornell University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Cultures (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Rise and Fall–or Fall and Rise?–of Monolingualism, a special issue of the German Studies Review (2018).


February 22, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Raytheon Amphitheater
120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA United States


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