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Climate Change in Culture conference, May 28-31

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Climate change, arguably the most pressing issue of our time, is most often discussed and examined from a scientific perspective. A conference hosted this month by UPEI will examine it through the focus of a humanities lens, and will seek to broaden our understanding of the ways in which climate and culture intersect. Climate Change in Culture runs May 28-31 at the Delta Charlottetown, and is generously supported by a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the PEI Department of the Environment, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Institute of Island Studies.

Dr. Stephanie LeMenager is one of three conference plenaries. She is the Moore Endowed Professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, co-founder of the Environmental Humanities journal, Resilience, and co-founder of the "Humanities for the Environment" workshop series. Her work on the cultural implications of climate change was recently featured in the New York Times and CBC's The Current.

Dr. Adam Fenech has worked extensively in the area of climate change since the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change First Assessment Report in 1988. He is the editor of seven books. He has represented Canada at international climate negotiating sessions and written policy and speeches for Canadian environment ministers. He has taught for more than 20 years at the University of Toronto and the Smithsonian, and is currently Director of the Climate Research Lab at UPEI.

Dr. Andrew Light is a professor and director of philosophy and public policy at George Mason University. He is currently on leave to serve as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy on Climate Change for the U. S. Department of State. He is a member of the senior strategy team for the UN climate negotiations. He directs the U. S.-India Joint Working Group on Combatting Climate Change, and is chair of the U. S. Climate Change Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is the author, co-author, and editor of 17 books.

'This conference draws together leading and emerging scholars from around the world, along with private-sector, governmental, and public policy stakeholders,' said Dr. John McIntyre, Associate Professor of English at UPEI and chair of the Climate Change in Culture conference. 'Participants include historians, political scientists, psychologists, literary critics, anthropologists as well as architects, land use planners, and private consultants. The four-day event will also showcase contributions from artists, musicians, and film-makers, thus drawing together a wide range of expertise bearing upon the cultural response to climate change.'

'UPEI is delighted to host this innovative and cross-cutting conference, one that builds on the university's current strengths in climate change research and provides new opportunities for our faculty in the humanities,' said Dr. Robert Gilmour, Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies at UPEI. 'We look forward to hearing and learning from experts from around the world as they explore the interplay between climate change and the humanities.'

The conference is for registered attendees only, but community member day-passes are available for purchase at a cost of $25 at


Dave Atkinson
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