In April 2019, the Climate Stories Collaborative will host a showcase of works produced by students enrolled in courses across the university.* This exhibit and associated events at HOW Space will feature visual and performance pieces expressing the stories of those who are affected by and/or taking action to address climate change. As you begin planning your spring classes, consider including the Climate Stories Showcase as part of your syllabi.
The Showcase exhibition will open on Friday, April 5 and will run through the following Wednesday, April 10. Classes are invited from around the university to visit and engage with the exhibition April 8-10, 2019. In addition to the opening reception and event on April 5, several related events at HOW Space, including an interactive climate stories theater workshop, a children’s climate stories workshop and a climate stories film night in which student-produced films will be screened. The full schedule with details will be announced in January.
Please contact Climate Stories Collaborative Co-Facilitators: Laura England (firstname.lastname@example.org), Derek Davidson ( email@example.com) or Jennie Carlisle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for scheduling purposes if you are interested in bringing your spring class(es) to the exhibit between April 8-10, 2019.
*Participating Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 classes come from the following departments:
- Applied Design
- Cultural, Gender & Global Studies
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Geological & Earth Sciences
- Government & Justice Studies
- Mathematical Sciences
- Sustainable Development
- Theatre & Dance
- University College
The Climate Stories Collaborative is a faculty-led initiative aimed at growing the capacity of faculty and students to use a variety of creative media to tell the stories of those who are already affected by, and/or taking action to address, climate change. The project began in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, but is now university-wide in scope. Contact co-facilitators Laura England (Sustainable Development), Derek Davidson (Theatre & Dance), and Jennie Carlisle (Art) to get involved.
About the Climate Stories Collaborative
In the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication’s 2018 survey, 70% of >22,000 respondents around the country acknowledged that global warming is happening and that they are concerned about the harm it will cause to future generations. Yet only a about one third of respondents indicated that they discuss climate change "at least occasionally." Climate communicators must broaden the discourse and approach beyond the science, policy and politics. A recent review of advances and critical needs in the field of climate change communication emphasizes the cultural work that is needed to address climate change, and calls for more transdisciplinarity and creative approaches in order to effect this cultural change. At Appalachian, the Climate Stories Collaborative is answering this call for a paradigm shift in climate communication.