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Friday, January 12, 2018

'Responding to Climate Change' Lecture Series January 29-May 17

Climate changeSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts explores the topic “Responding to Climate Change” during the semester-long “Changing Climate, Changing World” lecture series this spring.

SU faculty and external presenters discuss climate change issues and the implications of climate disruptions in the natural and social worlds. Lectures are 7-8:30 p.m. each Monday (except March 19) in Fulton Hall Room 111, unless otherwise noted.

The series begins January 29 with a course overview and panel discussion, followed by an introduction to the basic physical science of climate and climate change on February 5. Additional lectures address ways that individuals, communities and societies respond to climate change, with topics ranging from psychology to the arts.

Two special presentations take place in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. On March 5, Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, discusses his latest book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. The final event in the series, a Climate Change Resource Fair 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, features exhibits from campus and community groups on how they are responding to climate change.

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Additional presentations include:

•    February 5 – “The Physical Science of Climate and Climate Change” with Drs. Brent Skeeter and Darren Parnell, Geography and Geosciences Department

•    February 12 – “Climate Change, Severe Weather and Effects on Infrastructure” with Dr. Craig Ramseyer, Geography and Geosciences Department

•    February 19 – “Conservation and Species Responses to Climate Change” with Dr. Tami Ransom, Environmental Studies Department

•    February 26 – “Social Disasters: How Nations and Communities are Preparing for a Changing World” with Dr. Mike Lewis, Environmental Studies Department

•    March 12 – “The Politics of Climate Change: From Global Agreements to Local Initiatives” with Dr. Sarah Surak, Political Science Department

•    March 26 – Saving Snow documentary screening and panel discussion

•    April 2 – “To Believe or Not to Believe: (Why) That is the Question” with Dr. Karl Maier, Psychology Department

•    April 9 – “Creating Climate Language and Literature” with Dr. Stephanie Bernhard, English Department

•    April 16 – “How Policymakers and Business Leaders are Responding to Climate Change” with Ashley Lawson, senior solutions fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

•    April 23 – “Planetary Provocations: Rethinking Climate Change Education” with Dr. Shane Hall, Environmental Studies Department

•    April 30 – “Brave New Earth: Contemporary Artists Respond to Climate Change” with Heather Clark, visiting artist

•    May 7 – “Cinematic Responses in the Era of Climate Change” with Dr. David Johnson, English Department

•    May 14 – “Visual Artists Respond to Climate Change (or Not)” with Bill Wolff, Art Department

Each lecture will stand on its own; however, the series is available as a one-credit pass/fail course for students and community members who plan to attend each presentation and participate in written assignments. Those wishing to enroll in the course should register for IDIS 280-154.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6450 or visit the Fulton School website at

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