Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will present, "Art, Activism and the Chance for Change," a lecture hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Princeton University Art Museum, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. His visit is timed with a major exhibition, Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment. A public reception at the Art Museum will follow the lecture, during which time the galleries will be open for viewing Nature's Nation.
McKibben will discuss his work confronting the global challenge of climate change, while considering how art and public engagement can raise consciousness about ecological issues and bring positive action. McKibben is founder of the grassroots climate change movement 350.org and has written more than a dozen books, including, "The End of Nature," which is regarded as the first book about climate change for a general audience. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont.
McKibben is the first speaker in the Art+Environment event series organized in conjunction with Nature's Nation. Other events include a conversation with journalist Naomi Klein on Nov. 15 and the Princeton faculty panel, "Environmental Perspectives on Nature's Nation," on Nov. 30.
About Nature's Nation: The exhibition gathers more than 100 works of art — from the colonial period to the present — to examine for the first time how American artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding, while contributing to the emergence of a modern ecological consciousness. The exhibition is co-curated by Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and Alan Braddock, the 2016 PEI Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Nature's Nation runs through Jan. 6, 2019.