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The Cultural Functions of Climate

Environmental Humanities PlanetWorks LightWorks
Thursday, January 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Environmental Humanities Initiative Lecture

Mike Hulme

  • Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge, U.K.

The idea of climate has always fulfilled important psychological, cultural and political functions. Climate may be understood according to aggregated statistics of weather or apprehended more intuitively, as a tacit idea held in social memory. However defined, “climate” establishes certain expectations about the possibility of stable and meaningful human...

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Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Global Systems Evaluation

Sustainability Series Environmental Humanities
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Michael Quinn Patton

  • Expert & Consultant, Utilization-Focused Evaluation; Author, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

How can we measure impact in complex, global scale projects that grapple with climate change, terrorism, human rights, public health, or energy transitions? Traditional evaluation, in terms of standardized goals, rigid models and constraining rules, often impedes leadership and adaptability when we are responding to a rapidly changing world. Mechanistic...

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Fall Dialogue Series: Navigating the Anthropocene

PlanetWorks Environmental Humanities
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Refreshments from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Dialogue from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Gary Dirks

  • Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

The Fall Dialogue Series is a monthly conversation about thriving in the Anthropocene, featuring innovative thought leaders from ASU and beyond.

Dr. Gary Dirks is director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and director of LightWorks®, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU's strengths in solar...

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For the Love of Life: Environmental Crisis and Environmental Action

Sustainability@ASU Environmental Humanities
Monday, March 27, 2017
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Roger S. Gottlieb

  • Professor of Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Roger S. Gottlieb is the author or editor of 20 books and over 100 articles on environmental ethics, political philosophy, religious studies, contemporary spirituality, and fiction. He is internationally known for his work as an analyst and exponent of religious environmentalism, for his passionate and moving account of...

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War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change

Environmental Humanities Sustainability@ASU
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Amitav Ghosh

  • Internationally Acclaimed Author

Over the last several hundred years, human activity has impacted the planet in a such a dramatic and unprecedented way that many have taken to argue for the emergence of a new historical era, the Anthropocene. While this has led to a host of renewed approaches to climate change, this...

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World Religions Respond to the Environmental Crisis

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doors open 4:00 p.m.
Talk begins 4:30 p.m.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

  • Co-Director, Yale Forum for Religion and Ecology
  • Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School, Yale University

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  • ASU LightWorks

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a leader in the emerging field of religion and ecology, having organized 10 conferences at Harvard on the world religions and the environment. Based at Yale, she has written or edited many books on this topic, most recently Ecology and Religion with co-author John Grim.


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How Can the Humanities Save the Planet?

Sustainability Series Environmental Humanities
Monday, November 23, 2015
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Sir Jonathan Bate

  • Biographer, Broadcaster, Critic, Shakespearean Scholar, and Playwright

Renowned Shakespearean and Eco-Critic, Sir Jonathan Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool; and Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He has held visiting posts at Yale and UCLA and...

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The Imagination Drought: Speculative Fiction as a Tool of Warning and Empowerment

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Paolo Bacigalupi

  • New York Times-bestselling author

 In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, The Water Knife, Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story...

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Climate Fiction - Science, Stories or Seeds of Transformation?

Sustainability@ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Joni Adamson

  • Professor of English and Environmental Humanities, Department of English, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Clark Miller

  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sydney Lines

  • Communications Program Coordinator, LightWorks, ASU

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASU

Internationally renowned, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ian McEwan are turning to the emerging literary genre of Climate Fiction – or Cli-Fi – to tell stories set in a climatically changed world.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative invites you to a Cli-Fi panel discussion on the nature...

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Margaret Atwood: Exploring Climate Fiction

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Margaret Atwood

  • Author, MaddAddam Trilogy
  • Vice President, PEN International
  • Environmental Activist

How can imagination and the creative arts combine with science to assist in developing solutions to today’s climate challenges? World-renowned author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will kick-off the new Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative by discussing the genre of climate fiction, or CliFi, and how creative writing can help...

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Future of Food: Dictatorship or Democracy?

Wrigley Lecture Series Future of Food Environmental Humanities
Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. Doors Open/ Seating
5:30 p.m. Lecture
Followed by a book signing until 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

  • Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother
  • @drvandanashiva

Trained in physics and philosophy, Dr. Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and organic farming and has more than 70,000 farmer-members. She is the recipient of the 1993 Alternative...

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Paper Prototyping Our Radical Bike Futures

Sustainability Series Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lindsay Kinkade

  • Founder and Creative Director, Design RePublic Studio
  • Faculty Associate, School of Design, ASU

In this talk and innovative workshop, Kinkade will invite participants to quickly prototype the future. Participants will imagine and share what the community might possibly do next to make The Valley of the Sun the most beautiful, fun, user-friendly, walkable, and bikeable region it can be.

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