What is a petroculture? Conjectures on energy and global culture
Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative | Featuring Professor Imre Szeman, University of Alberta and University of Waterloo | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 5:00pm to 6:15pm | Room 7-429 (77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge)
How can you use energy as a critical component of cultural and literary analysis? Does making a link between a specific energy system and a previously defined literary or cultural period, movement, or aesthetic form open up new ways of analyzing texts and cultural forms? While the energy humanities have insisted (correctly) that we imagine modernity as deeply shaped by fossil fuels, the outcome of this energy periodization is different than we might hope or imagine. This talk will outline the critical possibilities and limits that come with the introduction of energy into social and cultural analysis.
Seventh Annual John H. Carlson Lecture | Featuring Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, MIT | Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm | New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA
Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. This talk reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges. Finally, I probe how the lessons learned help us understand how to better manage today’s environmental problems, including climate change.
The goal of the Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is to provide a discussion forum for graduate students undertaking research on climate and climate change in an array of disciplines throughout the physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The format is designed to encourage new climate researchers to become acquainted with the details of diverse areas of study and to place their own work in the broader context of the climate research community. The GCC will return to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for its 11th iteration in November 2017.
For more information, including the conference application, visit the conference website.
Nov 20, 2017
Lecture: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Hosted by the Environmental Solutions Initiative | Part of the People & the Planet Lecture Series | Monday, November 20, 2017 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm | MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst Street), 6th Floor Multipurpose Room
Sheldon Whitehouse is a United States Senator from Rhode Island.
The Environmental Solutions Initiative People & the Planet Lecture Series presents individuals and organizations working to advance understanding and action toward a humane and sustainable future.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor | Monday, January 9, 2017, 10:30am
In an address at MIT, John F. Kerry, the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, said that the effort to limit climate change was a dire “race against time,” but one that could be successful due to the economic promise of renewable energy.
Read the MIT News story about Secretary Kerry's speech here.
Watch the archived webcast of Secretary Kerry's speech here.
From record temperatures to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change are evident around the globe. Yet while the climate threat becomes increasingly clear, the collective nature of its causes and the seeming remoteness of its impacts challenge many of our ethical intuitions. What is our ethical responsibility to take action against climate change? Join other members of the MIT community in a conversation about the ethical implications of climate change and our collective responsibility for action.
World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities
Samberg Conference Center | MIT Chang Building (E52) | 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
MIT hosted a community of the world’s foremost universities for the third annual “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities”.
The symposium, with the theme “Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation", brought together leading academics from around the globe to collectively advance scalable solutions that have the power to transform communities into more livable and sustainable places, given the urgent challenges of a changing climate. MIT served as the backdrop for three days of interactive sessions and workshops.
Hosted at the Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center | Wednesday January 27th, 2016 | 8:30am - 5:00pm
A symposium presented by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences and co-sponsored by the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund, featuring guest keynotes from Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science, and Justin Gillis of The New York Times.
Join this event of the MIT Climate Change Conversation to learn about different facets of divestment from fossil fuel companies and explore whether MIT should divest its endowment as part of its response to climate change. Six prominent voices in the dialogue on climate change and energy will be staged as two teams that present PRO-divestment and AGAINST-divestment arguments in a classic debate format. The discussion will provide a nuanced view of the relevant issues being widely contested on university campuses, and in particular at MIT. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the MIT community to hear a diversity of expert perspectives, to have questions answered, and to deepen our understanding of the opportunities, drawbacks, and alternatives to fossil fuel divestment and of how universities can address global warming.
Moderator: Tony Cortese, Intentional Endowments Network Debating for fossil fuel divestment: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History of Science at Harvard University Don Gould, Trustee Pitzer College & CIO Gould Asset Management John Sterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management Debating against fossil fuel divestment: Brad Hager, Professor, Director of the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory Frank Wolak, Professor of Economics, Stanford University Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Engagement, Walden Asset Management
Mar 31, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Getting Through on Global Warming: How to Rewire Climate Change Communication
MIT Building 51-115 (Wong Auditorium, Tang Center)
Why do most of us recognize that climate change is real, yet few take action? Why do some not recognize it as real? By exploring the roadblocks to effective climate change communication, this diverse panel of faculty and media experts will unpack why our brains are wired to ignore a monumental threat to society. And they will ask, can we recast the problem? What is the role of science in the communication challenge? How and why has this particular issue changed the public's perception of scientists? Drawing on the MIT community’s input to the Climate Conversation Idea Bank and through live Q&A, the panel will identify and examine communication strategies that MIT and others can employ to shift the global climate debate and to inspire action.