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Published on September 18th, 2017 | by GrowWNYAdmin


Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments


The Buffalo Humanities Festival’s mission is to foster dialogue, the sharing of ideas, and the enjoyment of the humanities among the public, scholars, and artists. We believe that the understanding of history, culture, literature, arts media, and the diverse traditions of the humanities are an essential part of life and that this greater understanding fosters civic engagement. Each year, the festival draws on our city’s many rich academic traditions and resources to engage the most pressing questions of our time.

This annual event was started in 2014 and is presented by the University at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute in cooperation with Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Niagara University, and SUNY Fredonia as well as cultural institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.

Check it out…

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 PM
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Humanities New York presents “Turning the Tide: Communicating Climate Science.”
Thursday evening’s forum discussion, which will be held in the Burchfield Penny Art Center’s Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium, will focus on the challenges of communicating climate change to the public. Doubt, while fundamental to the scientific method, has played an out-sized role in the public debate on climate change. Why do so many Americans distrust science in this specific context? Join our panelists in a discussion of the history of environmentalism, the politicization of science, and more for the launch event of the festival.

Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Jason Briner, Associate Professor of Geology, University at Buffalo
Elizabeth Mazzolini, Assistant Professor of English, University at Buffalo
Adam Rome, Professor of History, University at Buffalo
MODERATOR: Ryan McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo

Friday, Sept. 29, 8 PM (7 PM VIP reception)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with reception in the AK Café
Environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben, “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment”

Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 AM
Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College
The full festival day begins with a performance by Deke Weaver of “BEAR and the Unreliable Bestiary” and continues with talks, panels, and community conversations focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. Lunch by West Side Bazaar is included with tickets purchased by Sept. 25th. The closing reception features music by 12/8 Path Band and beer by Community Beer Works.

11:30 AM, Panel Discussion

Come hear what our youth have been up to in working on climate justice issues!

“Listen! Youth Voices on Climate Justice” | Members of Western New York Environmental Alliance’s Youth Climate Justice Campaign, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and Ujima Theatre


For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

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