A year ago, in October 2014, a small interdisciplinary group of humanities and social science scholars at Carleton met to discuss climate change. We wanted to consider what scholars in a range of disciplines, many of which were not the traditional disciplines of climate change research or action, could do to address climate change issues. This meeting was the beginning of the Carleton Climate Commons Working Group. The discussion was wide-ranging and many of the ideas raised at that first small meeting were realized in the following weeks and months.
The Climate Commons is now composed of close to 80 faculty and graduate students representing almost all of the departments and schools in the humanities and social sciences at Carleton. We bring together members of the Carleton community to discuss climate change issues, to share academic work, and to share ideas and articles. The university has long been the place our society dedicates to addressing issues of vital importance. Climate change is one of those issues. The Working Group, then, is a forum for exploring the role of the humanities and social sciences in the pressing climate change conversations of our time.
Last year we organized two roundtables: a Pedagogy and Climate Change Roundtable in the Fall of 2014 and a Roundtable on Fossil Fuel Divestment in the Winter of 2015. (Click here for more information on fossil free divestment and here for the Carleton Fossil Free Faculty information.) We also hosted an Energy East Pipeline Information Session and several reading groups including, last Spring, a university-wide discussion of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. This coming year continues and extends many of the initiatives begun in 2014-15 as follows:
If you would like to join our group, help with any of the events noted above, suggest other events, or would like any further information please email us at email@example.com. Please note that you do not have to be engaged in scholarly work on climate change to be involved with this group. We all have a stake in climate change and anyone who is interested in social change in any of its diverse dimensions can be involved. The way that social problems are represented (in psychology, literature, philosophy, history, etc), after all, shapes the solutions that we can imagine. Please see our website for more information (our website was created with the support of Stuart Murray’s Digital Rhetorics + Ethics Lab).
The Carleton Climate Commons is specifically focused on the contribution that scholars and others working in the humanities and social sciences can make to the climate change discussion. It is a response to our shared sense that the university offers a unique forum for the pursuit of such discussions and our desire to open up the climate change conversation to a broader range of issues and approaches. Contact us and join the conversation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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