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Do threats to global energy and food security provide leverage for autocrats? Or do they instead energize transformative policies in the world’s democracies?
In this conversation, security expert Max Bergmann (Center for Strategic and International Studies) focuses on the case of Vladimir Putin and his attempts to wield fossil fuels as a strategic weapon to undermine opposition to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. As Europe actively seeks to transition to renewable energy but at the same time remains economically dependent on fossil fuels, has Putin’s strategy succeeded or backfired? Moderated by Mitchell Orenstein (Penn Russian and East European Studies).
These events are part of our 2023-2024 annual topic, Climate and Democracy presented in partnership with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy
The Penn Museum as part of its Second Sunday Culture Films series presents a pay-what-you-wish screening of The Bishnoi: India's Eco-Warriors. Sunday, Nov 12, 2-4PM
All are invited to a small Diwali reception after the screening!
For centuries, the Bishnoi of Rajasthan in India have been stewarding and preserving the biodiversity of their land. They follow a 500 year old philosophy that all living beings have the right to survive and share all resources. Filmmakers Franck Vogel and Benoit Segur share the stories of three Bishnoi people: Khamu Ram Bishnoi, who fights against plastic pollution; Rana Ram Bishnoi, who has planted over 22,000 trees in the desert; and Ranveer Bishnoi, who hopes to become a priest.
Presented with new subtitles created for this screening. The film will followed by a conversation with filmmaker Franck Vogel and Dr. Nikhil Anand, Assoc Prof of Anthropology, UPenn. [Learn more + get tickets]
Courses across disciplines can count towards an environmental humanities minor. Check out our spring course guide to see what's being offered!
The environmental humanities minor in the School of Arts & Sciences gives Penn students the opportunity to work across disciplines and explore how knowledge systems represent and respond to past and present environments, ecologies, places and worlds at a variety of scales. [View the course guide]
The National Humanities Alliance has announced a new resource on state and local support for the humanities.
State and Local Policies that Fund the Humanities: A Clearinghouse identifies policy models that states, counties, and communities have enacted to support humanities organizations. In addition to defining each funding mechanism, the Clearinghouse provides examples of how each mechanism has been implemented in a range of contexts. Over the coming months, they will work with local advocates to educate state and local officials on how these policies can help humanities organizations and their communities thrive. [Explore the document]
Penn Arts & Science invites you to Knowledge by the Slice: Coral Reef Survival in the Climate Crisis Thursday, Nov 9, 2023, 12PM
Coral reefs are a sentinel, warning us of the growing dangers of climate change for both natural and human ecosystems. In this talk, Katie Barott, Assistant Professor of Biology, will discuss her research on how corals are responding to the climate crisis, which has revealed hopeful signs of increasing stress tolerance in some corals but accumulating stress and death in others. Whether today's survivors make it through the next few decades depends on societies around the world embracing zero-carbon economies.
Penn Arts & Sciences' long-running Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series offers educational talks led by faculty experts. Did we mention there’s pizza? [Learn more about the series]
Seeing the Anthropocene (StA), a cross-venue art exhibition curated by Philadelphia-based artist Julia Clift, is on view now at Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Cherry Street Pier.
On view: Oct 28-Dec 2, 2023 Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov 9, 2023, 6-9PM @Tiger Strikes Asteroid
The exhibition features diverse artists and collaborative groups contending with the global climate crisis and other urgent environmental issues. Through wide-ranging media, the included artworks foster understanding of the moment we're in, inspire personal connections with the natural world, and imagine different potential futures depending on how we act today. The show features artists from across the country as well as international perspectives.
Artists and Collaborations: Austen Camille (with music by ENAensemble) | Lydia Cheshewalla | Mathew Colaizzo | Christopher McNulty | Ana Mosquera | Hui-Ying Tsai | Hui-Ying Tsai in collaboration with Jonathan Grover | Byron Wolfe | The Immersion Project: Austen Camille, Erik Cordes, PhD, Samantha Joye, PhD, Malte Leander, Christine Lee, and Rebecca Rutstein
Appalachian Headwaters is accepting applications for their Summer Pollinator Fellowships.
Description: The Headwaters Summer Pollinator Ecologist Fellow will be focused on teaching high school and college interns, as well as younger day-camp participants and some community programming.
The fellowship is based in Lewisburg, West Virginia during the summer of 2024. The position includes housing and a stipend of $35,000. The stipend will cover 10-11 weeks of full-time work during the summer and limited remote preparation for the summer session during the preceding academic year.
Eligibility: PhD or master’s level scientist/educator working in a field of study relevant to pollinators (e.g., ecology, natural resources, plant and soil science, biology, wildlife, etc.) are welcome to apply. We seek applications from educators who would engage with Appalachian ecology. This work must be related to pollinators (broadly defined). We seek an accomplished person with a strong environmental ethic and a commitment to working with young people.
Background: Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization based in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Headwaters is focused on environmental education, especially related to climate change and native ecosystems. For the summer of 2024, we intend to hire two fellows: the Arts and Humanities Fellow and a Pollinator Ecologist Fellow (PhD level ecologist). The fellows will work together with Headwaters staff to run programs for a day camp for students in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. The Fellows’ work will be focused on the high school and college interns. It will be a busy summer.
Application: To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please describe your interests and experience and how it would relate to our work.