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University of Melbourne School of Social Sciences Public Lecture: 'Storying Climate Change: How Local Testimonies Engage and Empower Communities to Act' - Wed 4 March!

‘Storying Climate Change: How Local Testimonies Engage and Empower Communities to Act’

Macgeorge Visiting Fellowship Lecture - Professor Susan A. Crate, George Mason University.

Fires are burning. Permafrost is thawing. The ocean is rising. Not only is climate change scientifically undeniable, but its effects are being felt by communities worldwide. In times like these, many of us feel helpless and unsure of what to do. Insights from cultural anthropologists can play a crucial role in moving forward the transformations necessary for a sustainable global society. They: interpret how people perceive climate change and express their concerns about it, engage with Indigenous communities and their often-overlooked knowledge systems, and facilitate the dialogue required to move forward and work together towards common solutions.

In this timely public lecture, Dr Susan Crate shares her work with communities in north-eastern Siberia, Canada, Mongolia, Peru, Wales, Kiribati and the Chesapeake Bay to highlight how narrative, story, and testimony ignite understanding and motivate action. With that as a foundation, she will also engage some 'hands-on' demonstration with attendees by eliciting their experiences of the local effects of climate change.

When: Wednesday 4 March 2020 | 6.15pm – 7.45pm

Where: Theatre TBC depending on registrations

The University of Melbourne

Bookings: Free, but registrations essential go to -  https://bit.ly/2u3MZyI

Enquiries: Lauren Sanders lsanders@unimelb.edu.au  03 8344 0472

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