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Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

Symposium: Creativity in the Face of Climate Change: The Role of the Visual Arts

April 24, 2009; 2:00 p.m.

Museum Theater
Admission Free

RSVP: bie.berkeley.edu/cccspring

How have the arts guided societies in times of scarcity and environmental change? How can artists address the complex scientific issues involved in climate change?

Occasioned by Human/Nature, this symposium looks at the role of the visual arts in manifesting society’s values and challenging people to rethink their responsibility to the future of the planet. The program is the second in a series on creativity in the face of climate change, organized by the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, directed by Daniel McGrath.

Among the distinguished scholars and artists featured in the program will be Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies and dean of the Sixth College at UC San Diego. Oreskes’s groundbreaking work, especially her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” has led to major media coverage nationwide and to the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth.

A reception will follow the program. For further information, please call (510) 642-2163 or visit bie.berkeley.edu.

Organized by the Berkeley Institute of the Environment and cosponsored by BAM/PFA, the UC Humanities Research Institute, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.