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Climate Change: A Course for Everyone

 

UPDATE: With deep regret, we are suspending the Myra Kraft Open Classroom for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. We will not convene on March 18, March 25, April 1 or April 8. We will continue to populate our Climate Resources web page with pertinent information resources. 

The COVID-19 crisis underscores many of the themes we have been addressing this semester, including our interconnectedness and shared vulnerability as humans living in a world in flux. From climate change to global health, it is imperative that we continue the critical conversations that empower us to act. We look forward to reconvening our learning community in the fall.   

Thank you for your continued support of the Myra Kraft Open Classroom, and please take care.

 

 

Wednesdays: January 8 – April 8, 2020, 6 to 8 p.m.


West Village F, Room 20 OR Live-streamed

Free and Open to the Public

 

Our Speakers & Collaborators Climate Resources Email Updates Directions Video Archive

 

This free and open course is intended to promote climate change education, resilience, and action. We will examine the basic science of climate change, its local and global impacts on the natural world, the built environment, and humankind, and strategies for preventing its worst outcomes while preparing for those we can no longer avoid.

Course Facilitators
Rebecca Riccio, Juffali Family Director, Social Impact Lab
Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center

 

Schedule

Click for confirmed speakers. Updated daily.

January 8 | Our World in Flux: Climate Change Fundamentals

Speakers:

  • Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Pastor, New Roots AME Church
  • Brian Helmuth, Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Mary Steffel, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business

Recording here.

 

January 15 | Marine and Coastal Impacts

Speakers:

  • Stephen Scyphers, Assistant Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Alice Brown, Director of Planning, Boston Harbor Now
  • Katie Castagno, Coastal Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University Coastal Sustainability Institute and The Nature Conservancy
  • Kiera O'Donnell, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences

Recording here.

 

January 22 | Climate Resilience: Extreme Weather and Emergency Preparedness

Speakers

  • Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder, All Aces, Inc. and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Northeastern University Global Resilience Institute
  • Brian Swett, Principal, Boston Office Leader, and Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate, Arup
  • David Sittenfeld, Manager, Forums & National Collaborations, Museum of Science, Boston; PhD Candidate, Northeastern University
  • Stephen Flynn, Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute; Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University

Recording here.

January 29 | Agriculture and Food Systems

Speakers

  • Becca Berkey, Director of Service-Learning, Northeastern University Center of Community Service and Lecturer, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Liz Allen, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University Global Resilience Institute
  • Julie Rawson, Executive Director for the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.
  • Jack Kittredge, Editor, The Natural Farmer

Recording here.

February 5 | Environmental Justice, Identity, and Risk
  • Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Daniel Faber, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, Northeastern University
  • Nina Schlegel, Executive Director, Global Center for Climate Justice
  • David Noiles, Director, Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP)

Recording here.

February 12 | Understanding and Coping with Climate Change

Recording here.

Experience the World’s First Interactive Climate Change Cartoon-athon:
Co-designing Cartoons to Enrich Learning and Dialogue

Presented in partnership with Cartoon Collections, the world’s largest cartoon licensing website

Cartoons illuminate the incomprehensible by highlighting what is unacceptable yet accepted. Can they help us make sense of a world in the throes of climate change?

On Wednesday, February 12, world-class artists and humorists will collaborate with our live and online audiences to create cartoons that humanize complex and sobering lessons shared by Myra Kraft Open Classroom presenters:

  • John Coley, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Eva Kaso-Collette, Grief Circle Coordinator, Sunrise Movement Boston
  • Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Red Cross Climate Centre

Collaborating Humorists

  • Paul Bisca
  • Emily Flake
  • Peter Kuper
  • Rebeka Ryvola
  • Sam Vuignier

Join us for this groundbreaking experiment in person or via live-stream.

February 19 | Global Development

Recording here.

Speakers

  • Laura Kuhl, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and International Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Ava Gallo, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies and International Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Keyon Rostamnezhad, Undergraduate Student, International Affairs and Economics, Northeastern University
  • Erin Coughlan, Manager, Climate Science, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • Shan Mohammed, Clinical Professor, Center for Health Policy and Law, Department of Health Sciences; Faculty, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
February 26 | Migration and Refugees

Part 1 recording here.
Part 2 recording here.

Speakers

  • Serena Parekh, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • An Le, Policy and Communications Advisor, Department of Immigration Advancement, City of Boston
  • Riddhi Samtani, Senior Associate, Huntington Angels Network
  • Daniel Faber, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, Northeastern University
CANCELED: March 11 | Colonialism and Indigenous Peoples

Speakers

  • Keely Curliss, Youth Development Specialist, The Food Project
  • Mea Johnson, Program Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment, T Rider's Union
  • Jean-Luc Pierite, President of the Board of Directors, North American Indian Center of Boston
CANCELED: March 18 | The Energy Picture: Fossil Fuel and Alternative Energy

Speakers

  • Jennie C. Stephens, Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, and Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute
  • Emma Thornton, USA Liaison and Coordination Associate, Youth4Nature, Nature4Climate and Climate Guides
  • Alex Papali, Energy and Zero Waste Campaigns, Clean Water Action

Featured Nonprofit

CANCELED: March 25 | Designing for the Future

Speakers

  • Shalanda Baker, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Gregory Minott AIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal, D/R/E/A/M Collaborative
  • Joe Christo, Senior Resilience and Waterfront Planner, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Featured Nonprofit

CANCELED: April 1 | Policy, Politics, and Regulation: The Green New Deal and Beyond

Speakers

  • Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Frank Mruk, FAIA, LEED AP, Executive Director, Center for Smart Building Technology, Roxbury Community College

Featured Nonprofits

CANCELED: April 8 | The Climate Change Narrative: Activism, Youth, and the Media

Speakers

  • Aleszu Bajak, Program Manager, Media Innovation and Media Advocacy, Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design

Featured Nonprofits