Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration Across the Disciplines

Water boat used by early twentieth century whalers to run water collected from snow melt to whale processing ships anchored in the bay. Deception Island, Antarctica. Via
Boat used by early 20th century whalers to run water collected from snow melt to whale-processing ships anchored in the bay. Deception Island, Antarctica. Via


Tuesday, April 18, 5-6 pm; Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

This spring, faculty and students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to integrate the message of climate change into their coursework in new, creative, and challenging ways. Amy Lemmon, professor, English and Communication Studies, and Arthur Kopelman, Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Math, were awarded a Sustainability Grant for their proposal Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences. As part of their work, they are bringing world-renowned climate change expert James McClintock and celebrated author and creative writing professor Adam Vines to campus this semester. Videos created by McClintock and Vines, along with other teaching resources, will be available to faculty, and a public event will be held on April 18.

The Sustainability Grant will incorporate a fall exhibition of student work from all participating courses. Resources like videos, suggested books and articles, and online guides are available to all faculty to incorporate in lesson plans.

McClintock, one of the world’s foremost experts on Antarctic marine biology, is currently the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has led 14 research expeditions to Antarctica over the past 30 years, and is the author of Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land . As part of this grant, he will provide GoPro video footage on an upcoming research trip that shows up close the effects of climate change on the ice floes.

Vines specializes in modern and contemporary poetry and creative writing with secondary interests in early American and early modern English religious and political rhetoric, early modern English drama, ecological literature, and Southernism. He has been a collaborator with McClintock and has been interested in ways of communicating ecological messages creatively; Vines will provide video on his creative process for use in the classroom.

For more information, access to the resources, and/or help incorporating this material into your coursework, contact Amy Lemmon for more information.

Listen to NPR’s Morning Edition interview with McClintock from March 8, 2017. McClintock talks with David Greene about how warming temperatures have had a dramatic impact on the glacier near the U.S. Palmer Station in Antarctica. Transcript available here.

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