December 1, 2011 7:00 p.m.
An event presented in partnership with PositiveFeedback, a collaboration of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; the Center for Creative Research at NYU; and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.
Wondering what brings scientists and artists together on climate change? Join author David Berreby, artist Mary Miss, and environmental researcher Stephanie Pfirman, on their first date—a chance to connect with other artists and scientists as well!
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition U-n-f-o-l-d: A Cultural Response to Climate Change. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons/sjdc.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street
Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served
Known for her environmentally based artwork, Mary Miss lives and works in New York City. She has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. Social, cultural, and environmental sustainability are the focus of installations that allow the visitor to become aware of local history, ecology, or other aspects of the site that have gone unnoticed.
Stephanie Pfirman is Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 and Martin Hirschorn Professor and chair of the Barnard College, Columbia University, Department of Environmental Science. She received a PhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering, and a BA in Geology from Colgate University. Throughout her career, Pfirman has been engaged in Arctic environmental research (melting and surging glaciers; sea ice formation, melting and dynamics; transport of contaminants), undergraduate education, and public outreach.
David Berreby is the author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity. He has written about human behavior and other science topics for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Smithsonian, the New Republic, Nature, Discover, Vogue, and many other publications. Berreby has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris, a Science Writing Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a resident at Yaddo. In 2006, he was awarded the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Us and Them.