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Art & Activism of the Anthropocene Series: Imagining the Impossible: The Role of Art and Novels in Understanding Climate Change

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required

Climate change is no longer a mere possibility—it's already happening. Glaciers are melting, animal and plant populations are failing, and agricultural practices no longer prevent famine. Around the world, scientists, artists, and activists are addressing climate change in media from nonfiction books to documentary films to live theater. This series brings together writers, journalists, and artists in robust discussion on how they address climate change—and why their work is important in the Anthropocene Era.

Amitav Ghosh is the author of several novels including The Hungry Tide, and also of The Great Derangement, a work of nonfiction that questions whether literature is doing enough to imagine the effects of climate change.

Helen Phillips is the author of four books including Some Possible Solutions, a collection of short stories that imagine a future world wrecked by pollution and other environmental crises.

Nathan Kensinger is a photographer and filmmaker whose work explores environmental disaster zones, communities threatened by sea level rise, and other liminal spaces.

This event is co-produced by the Library and Guernica Magazine, with additional support from Orion Magazine.