2018 Society for Literature, Science & Art Conference (Toronto)

Appearing on panel "Climate Change, Resistance, and Narrative/Art" with Everett Hamner (Editing the Soul: Science and Fiction in the Genome Age), Amy Brady (Deputy Publisher, Guernica and Senior Editor, Chicago Review of Books) and Cosima Herter (Orphan Black, Snowpiercer)

"Fiction, Facts, and 'Facts': How Novels and Film Shape the American Climate Change Debate" (New York Society Library)

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Note: Pre-registration required (event is free): Click here

According to NASA, carbon dioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years, seventeen of the eighteen hottest years on record have occurred since 2001, and Arctic sea ice is at its smallest in recorded history. Global warming is no longer a mere prediction. It’s here, now, and having catastrophic effects on our planet.

So why aren’t more people talking about it? Is it because climate change is too polarizing to discuss effectively? Too depressing? Too overwhelming? Featuring novelists, essayists, and cultural critics, this panel seeks to address these questions and others by exploring how climate change is fundamentally framed in popular culture—and how, in turn, popular culture helps shape our national conversations about the issue. The panel will discuss how climate change is represented in books and films; how apocalyptic/dystopic visions both galvanize and fatigue audiences; how race/gender/class and other identities inform our popular narratives about climate change; and why climate change continues to pose communication challenges to writers and artists.to come.