Monday, December 25, 2017

"Cli-Fi Novels and Movies in the Anthrocene'' featuring David Wallace-Wells, Nathan Kensinger and Jeff VanderMeer

A Conversation Series in NYC in 2018:

''The Art and Activism of the Anthrocene''

Climate change is already happening. Around the world, scientists, novelists, film directors and activists are addressing it in media from cli-fi novels and movies to live theater. This series brings together novelists, writers, journalists, and theater artists in robust discussions on how they address climate change - and why their work is important in the Anthrocene.

Don't Shoot the Messenger: The Challenging Narratives of Climate Change

with William T. Vollman, Chantal Bilodeau, and David Wallace-Wells
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 6:30 pm
These panelists approach climate-change dialogues through different mediums - book-length and magazine journalism, and through theater. They'll discuss their approach to gathering stories, their thoughts on why these stories matter, and the challenges they've faced when shaping issues of climate change into digestible narratives for the public.

Strange Realities: Art and Activism in Transitional Environments

with Jeff VanderMeer, Zaria Forman, Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy, speaks with visual artist Zaria Forman, conservation biologist Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about "transitional environments" - regions of land undergoing change so dramatic they're barely recognizable. They will discuss how art and activism can bring greater awareness to the communities and environs most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Imagining the Impossible: The Role of Feature Films and Novels in Understanding Climate Change

with Amitav Ghosh, Helen Phillips, and Nathan Kensinger
Authors Amitav Ghosh and Helen Phillips talks with photographer and filmmaker Nathan Kensinger about the role novelists and artists play in helping others to better imagine the effects of climate change.

All events take place at the New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street

These events are open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required. To register, contact the Library's Events Office at or 212.288.6900 x230. Library members may also register online.

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