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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
Artist and 2022 Ecotopian Toolmaker, Nancy Agati has been invited to speak about her water related artworks at the POWR 2023 Statewide Watershed Conference in Altoona, PA on October 30, 2023.
Nancy has also begun the process of installing a permeable surface entitled Aqua Terrace in the courtyard of the DaVinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia. The project is a progression of her Basins and Borders work with PPEH’s Ecotopian Toolkit.
The Climate Advocacy Lab invites you to attend their webinar, “Engaging Health Professionals on Climate” on Thursday, October 26th at 3pm EST where they will share topline recommendations for engaging health professionals on climate and best practices in climate and health communications with the broader community.
Attendees will be introduced to: The role of health professionals as effective messengers on climate, and the strengths and challenges in engaging them as an audience. Strategies and other insights that support health professionals to effectively communicate for climate action. And Key recommendations for framing climate and health messages that spark engagement. [Register for the webinar]
The GreenGov Council has recently launched the Pennsylvania Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience Network (PA Climate Network) accompanied by a series of four fact-based climate science training modules.
The PA Climate Network is a member-driven organization that connects and educates diverse stakeholders across Pennsylvania, sharing the expertise, knowledge, and collaborative partnerships needed to advance climate education and literacy throughout the Commonwealth. The training series they have developed explores the effects of climate change on Pennsylvanians and the human-centered solutions that we can all be part of to make a difference state and nationwide. [Watch the training modules + Learn about participating]
The One Health@Penn Research Community invites you to join them for their monthly Work in Progress series. Second Wednesday of the month, noon-1PM
One Health will present talks and discussion with faculty from across Penn’s 12 Schools. Speakers will present their work-in-progress on the theme of Climate and One Health. Faculty will each speak for 15 minutes followed by time for Q and A. The next talk is Nov 8 from noon - 1 PM and will feature Shu Yang (Penn Engineering) and David Gerard Gouverneur Malakoff (Weitzman School of Design). [Access the zoom link + Learn More]
Co-sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University, Migration(empire), by artist Doug Aitken will be projected on a loop on the North Lawn of the Lewis Arts Complex from dusk until 10 PM through December 10, 2023.
Aitken, creates cinematic works that reflect poignantly on the modern world. In Migration(empire), a twenty-four-minute video, he underscores the inherent artifice of contemporary life through a collision with creatures that exist outside human experience and norms, placing them improbably in contemporary human environments. [Map of video location + Detailed hours]
Call for Proposals + Job Board
Indiana University Indianapolis has announced the call for the next round of applications for their residency, “Speculative Play and Just Futurities.” Application deadline for 2024: December 1, 2023
This SPJF residency is designed for emerging scholars and creators who are envisioning new futures centered on social justice. It is open to all scholars and creators with a demonstrated commitment to addressing social justice issues impacting historically marginalized groups. A diverse range of residents, including but not limited to writers, game designers, poets, dramaturges, filmmakers, historians, geographers, VR/AR storytellers, ludologists, and critical theorists are invited to apply. [Apply + Learn More]
The NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study is accepting proposals for an international conference jointly organized with the College of Integrative Studies at Singapore Management University. Application deadline: December 1, 2023
The conference entitled “Imperial Failures–Environment and Nature Deconstructed,” will take place on August 22-23, 2024 in Singapore and was organized by Todd Porterfield, Professor of Art History at Gallatin, and Fiona Williamson, Associate Dean and Professor of Environmental History at CIS. [Learn more about the symposium + Submitting a proposal]