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CCNY Environmental Science Seminar Series: Emily Raboteau, The City College of New York

Speaker: Dr. Emily Raboteau, Department of English, The City College of New York

Title: Communicating Climate Change

Abstract: What role can writers play in the fight against climate  change? Some writers use their craft to bear witness to an increasingly unlivable world; some translate scientific information for a lay audience, others go further, not only addressing the connections between human activities and environmental catastrophe, but also taking action to change it, and compelling others to do the same. This talk will focus  on  how blending  personal testimony with science in our writing  can make pathways for reimagining how we can evolve in a context of persistent ecological crisis, with the aim of shifting policy.

Bio: Emily Raboteau is a professor in the English Department, where she teaches creative writing. Her books are the critically acclaimed novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, winner of the 2014 American Book Award. For the past year she has been writing  longform  essays  about  climate change in such venues as New York Magazine,  Medium, and the New York Review of Books.
Link: https://www.thecut.com/2020/01/a‐year‐of‐talking‐about‐climate‐change.html

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February 28, 2020
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
ASRC Auditorium
85 St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031 United States
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