Climate change remains this generation’s defining challenge. As the first university in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality, American University is deeply committed to climate action. AU's College of Arts and Sciences is proud to amplify the climate action conversation by hosting the university's first annual Seeing Climate Change symposium, November 5-7, 2021.
Coinciding with the pivotal United Nations COP26 meeting in Glasgow, where world leaders will convene on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, this virtual weekend event will bring together leading figures from the arts, sciences, and policy worlds to address the climate emergency, with a special focus on the role of communications and art. Registration for this event is free and open to all. Select events will be held in-person at AU for those within the AU community.
Among the speakers will be Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International and SIS alum, who will address symposium attendees about the solutions she will be fighting for at COP26. Leaders, scholars, activists, and artists in the field will lend their voices and expertise throughout the intensive weekend of discussions. In the midst of COP26, we will learn from scientists, artists, policymakers, and activists how to see climate change with new and different eyes.
"This is the moment to think big, act big, for the biggest thing we have is at stake. We are a part of nature, and by protecting it we protect ourselves. This is a future not only worth imagining, but worth fighting for. Such opportunities for huge progressive change are rare, we are in that moment now. So let's act together for a greener, healthier, more just world," remarked Morgan.
The Seeing Climate Change symposium is sponsored in 2021 by American University’s environmental programs and is inspired by the exhibition Diane Burko: Seeing Climate Change, on display through December 12 at the American University Museum.
Summer Heat, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 84 x 120 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Friday, November 5
- AU Museum Open Hours
- Exhibition Opening Panel Discussion
Saturday, November 6
- Session I: Who Sets the Climate Agenda
- Session II: Making Change—Voices in Climate Action
- Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali
- Session III: Making Climate Change Visible
- Closing Keynote Speaker: Devi Lockwood
Sunday, November 7
- Artist Talk with Jaimes Mayhew
- Green Tours of Campus
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.