Arts, Media and Climate Change

poster-Climate-Arts-Oct-eThe Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), organized a symposium on Transatlantic Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of Arts and Media, on October 18 – 19, 2010.

The public perception of climate change is strongly influenced by the media and the arts, including the work of filmmakers, photographers, cartoonists, etc. Climate change  is a showcase for notable differences in public perception between Europe and the US—both in terms of the understanding of climate change science and its causes, and of the actions that ought to be taken. This symposium aims to examine the shaping of perceptions of climate change within Europe and the United States, and ask: What is the role of the media and the arts in determining this perception and enabling an appropriate response to climate change?

DAY 1

October 18, 2010, 6–8pm, SMG Trustee’s Ballroom, 9th floor, School of Management, Boston University

6-6:30 pm: Welcome Reception

6:30-8:30 pm: Transatlantic Perceptions of Climate Change: The Role of the Arts and Media

8:30-9:30 pm: Reception

DAY 2:

October 19, 2010 / 9 am – 1.30pm, Rm 426/428, 4th floor, School of Management, Boston University

8:30-9 am: Breakfast

9-10.30 am: Climate Change in the Press of Europe and the US

10:30-11 am: Coffee Break

11 am-12.30 pm: Art and Climate Change

12.30-1.30 pm: Lunch

  • Summing up keynote by Prof. Adil Najam, Director of the Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
  • Concluding Remarks: Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen, Director, Goethe-Institut, Boston.

SYMPOSIUM TOUR: 6 pm: Artist Talk with Simon Faithfull

6pm, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts

  • Control Issues: A Selection of Video Work from To the Elements! – Aesthetic Phenomena of Climate Change, curated by Alfons Hug

Download speakers’ bios here.