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Life Below Shrinking Glaciers in Three Continents, a lecture by Prof. Ben Orlove, Columbia University

Friday, January 19, 2018,

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  • Location: Garland Hall • 2117 West End Ave • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 121

Benjamin S. Orlove, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Director of the Master’s Program on Climate and Society, Director of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society; Managing Editor of GlacierHub and former Editor-in-Chief of Current Anthropology

The melting and retreat of the world’s glaciers is one of the most significant effects of climate change, affecting water supplies, irrigation, and hydroelectric power for billions of people in both mountain and lowland regions. Glaciers are shrinking faster than ever in history, but how do local people actually notice this change--when, where and with whom does this change strike them forcefully? How do they understand it and what individual and collective actions does this lead them to take? Professor Orlove will speak about his forthcoming book on research at three sites—the western United States, the Italian Alps, and the Peruvian Andes—which shows both the distinctiveness of each case and the strong commonalities they share. He will also discuss the challenges of writing about climate change in different formats and for different audiences.