HMEI Faculty Seminar: “‘The Science Is Clear’: Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives”

Allison Carruth, professor of American studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, will present “‘The Science Is Clear’ — Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives” for the third talk in our spring 2022 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Carruth will discuss why data-driven doomsday stories of extreme weather and sea-level rise have proven inadequate in countering disinformation about climate change. While “the science is clear” has become a rhetorical appeal to accept the expert consensus on climate change, who holds this view is still defined by political affiliations and online networks. Carruth will highlight artists and journalists whose work captures the diverse reality of climate change through everyday stories of global warming upending local communities, satires of climate denialism that lampoon oil and gas corporations and their political allies, and narratives of more livable futures in which worst-case scenarios have been averted.

This seminar will be held via Zoom livestream (open to all) and in person (PUID holders only). A link to in-person registration will be posted closer to the event. In-person attendance is contingent on University guidelines and face coverings are required.


Additional speakers and dates in this series are below.

February 8

Weather Fluctuations, Migration and Inequality” — Filiz Garip, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

March 1

Blair Schoene, Professor of Geosciences

May 3

Mary Caswell Stoddard, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

HMEI Faculty Seminar: “‘The Science Is Clear’: Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives”

Event Date

Tue, Apr 5, 2022 ・ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location

10 Guyot Hall/Online via Zoom webinar

Aerial computed view of Verdi Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Allison Carruth, professor of American studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, will present “‘The Science Is Clear’ — Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives” for the third talk in our spring 2022 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.

Carruth will discuss why data-driven doomsday stories of extreme weather and sea-level rise have proven inadequate in countering disinformation about climate change. While “the science is clear” has become a rhetorical appeal to accept the expert consensus on climate change, who holds this view is still defined by political affiliations and online networks. Carruth will highlight artists and journalists whose work captures the diverse reality of climate change through everyday stories of global warming upending local communities, satires of climate denialism that lampoon oil and gas corporations and their political allies, and narratives of more livable futures in which worst-case scenarios have been averted.

This seminar will be held via Zoom livestream (open to all) and in person (PUID holders only). A link to in-person registration will be posted closer to the event. In-person attendance is contingent on University guidelines and face coverings are required.


Additional speakers and dates in this series are below.

February 8

Weather Fluctuations, Migration and Inequality” — Filiz Garip, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

March 1

Blair Schoene, Professor of Geosciences

May 3

Mary Caswell Stoddard, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology