Presented by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
When it comes to climate change, the work of scientists is conclusive: in the past half-century, that work has produced a widely accepted consensus that the planet is warming and that humans are responsible. Though scientists must continue to monitor the amount of warming and to track its effects, climate change is a complex problem whose unfolding will reach beyond such analysis. Recognizing this, scholars in fields other than the natural sciences have recently begun to mobilize their disciplinary expertise to respond to climate change.
The goal of this conference is for faculty and students, at Gallatin and NYU, to engage with this new work. Those of us in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and community activism study human motivation, creativity, agency, and ways of living. How can we use that study to imagine the transformations and losses of climate change? How can we make concrete the challenges that humans will face in the next century? How can we grapple with the ethical issues presented by a problem whose most intense effects will be experienced by populations other than those most responsible for planetary warming? How can we inspire people in the present to create a different future, to slow warming, or to mitigate its effects?