Difficult Dialogues public panel on Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Inequality

The University of Texas Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 will hold a Difficult Dialogues public panel on Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Inequality, featuring Dr. Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His talk will be followed by remarks from two local discussants as well as audience dialogue. The event will be held in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room, beginning at 7pm, with light refreshments served for attendees. Dr. Klinenberg’s talk and panel discussion will be one of two public panels co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 that will discuss the environment, climate change, and inequality.

Dr. Klinenberg’s work has spanned topics from extreme weather events to the sociological value of public infrastructure. His first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, described the devastating impact of Chicago’s July 1995 heat wave, an event that quickly became one of the city’s deadliest natural disasters. Dr. Klinenberg investigated the previously unexplained reasons behind the destruction left in the heat wave’s wake through years of fieldwork, extensive interviews, and archival research. His most recent book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, will be released on September 11, 2018. Along with his books and scholarly research, Dr. Klinenberg has contributed to The New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and This American Life.

The Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues program aims to bring resources for facilitating dialogue on difficult and controversial topics to the classroom and the public. Founded in 2006 at the University of Texas, Difficult Dialogues began as part of a Ford Foundation initiative developed in response to reports of growing intolerance and efforts to curb academic freedom on U.S. campuses. The program’s public forums focusing on current controversial topics complement its associated undergraduate courses and engage a broader public. 

Planet Texas 2050 is the first in a series of university-wide grand challenges for the University of Texas at Austin, an initiative aimed at tackling some of the most controversial and pressing issues of our time. Developed in 2016, Planet Texas 2050 promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and research around climate change, extreme weather, population, and resource management for the purpose of creating a more sustainable future.

Please RSVP here if you would like to attend Dr. Klinenberg's talk.

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm

Texas Union Building (UNB), 3.304 Quadrangle Room
2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

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