Climate Fictions: Communicating climate change through journalism and creative writing
Friday, April 14th @ 12:00 pm, FPH WLH
Kert Davies (80F) is the founder of the Climate Investigations Center, and a well-known researcher, media spokesperson and climate activist who has been conducting corporate accountability research and campaigns for more than 20 years. His projects include ExxonSecrets, which helped to expose payments to climate denial scientists; and PolluterWatch, a program at Greenpeace which launched the report Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial
Charlene D'Avanzo (Hampshire College professor emerita) is a marine ecologist and award-winning environmental educator. She studied the Northeast coast for over 30 years. Her Mara Tucson Maine Oceanography mystery series immerses readers in the science and politics of climate change on Maine's coast. "Cold Blood, Hot Sea," the first installment of the series, is a Foreward Indie Review mystery finalist.
Please join RPI Professor Mike Fortun and the Institute of Science and Interdisciplinary Studies for a discussion regarding the upcoming March for Science and how social science can inform and aid our use of signs, slogans, and strategies for the march.
On April 22nd, thousands of scientists and science-supporters will march in Washington, DC to protest the current threat to science and evidence-based policy decisions. With them, they will bring signs and posters intended to communicate their message with the urgency and importance it deserves. This talk will explore the signs and posters themselves--how signs mean, what the relationship between posters, semiotic differences, slogans, and signs is, and why that relationship matters. It is meant to raise and carefully discuss a series of questions surrounding this: Why does it make a difference that we understand the purposes of signs and signification? What can the March for Science on Earth Day 2017 accomplish? What can the posters & signs that are carried do? And what can or should the hashtag #marchforscience actually come to mean and do for the sciences in the Trump era?
Mike Fortun, RPI Associate Professor of Science Technology and Society, is an expert in genomics, sociology, and the history of science. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and PhD from Harvard University, and is a founding fellow of the ISIS Institute.