TDR climate change research profiled at Earth Event Symposium

TDR news item
18 April 2016

Video presentations of TDR’s climate change research will be profiled at an event on air, climate and the environment called Atmospheres. The U.S. conference is part of an effort to stimulate conversations and collaborations across the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Each year, the Institute at Brown University for Environment and Society in Providence, Rhode Island, sponsors an interdisciplinary program called “Earth, Itself.” This year, the 28-30 April event has the theme Atmospheres. Topics to be explored include atmospheric circulation and weather; air as habitat—insects and birds; air pollution and quality of air; and legislating, governing and controlling air. Lenore Manderson, the conference organizer and professor of public health and medical anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and professor of anthropology at Brown, is also a member of TDR’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.

The arts practice, curated by Brown scholar and artist Ed Osborn, includes sound art, installations, and music, involving both visiting artists and Brown students. Concurrently, the John Carter Brown Library will mount an exhibition on air and climate in the early modern world, part of its four-year series on The Four Elements that explores new ways of engaging—through environmental history—with its renowned collection of books, maps, and prints.

TDR scientist Bernadette Ramirez will present the climate change research. Other presenters include Dr Mwangi Githiru, Director of Biodiversity and Social Monitoring at Wildlife Works, Kenya; Michael Hathaway (University of British Columbia), author of Environmental Winds; Cymene Howe (Rice University), on the politics of wind in Yucatan; sound artists and acoustic ecologists Leah Barclay (Griffith University, Australia), Lawrence English (Australia), and Garth Paine (Arizona State University); Bina Venkataraman, Director, Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute; Tongzhang Zheng, Brown Center for Environmental Health and Technology; Scott Turner, Providence Journal weekly nature commentator; Wendy Woodson, Professor of Theatre and Dance at Amherst College.

The programme is open to the public.

For more information, contact: Bernadette Ramirez

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