Writing at the Limits of Narrative: A Panel on Climate Change

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April 25, 2024


Yale University
Humanities Quadrangle (HQ) L02
New Haven, CT, USA

What is the role of storytelling in climate crisis? Can new stories build new realities, or can storytelling itself distract from the more prosaic difficulties of policymaking and activism? Join us for a panel discussion on the role–and limits–of narrative in a changing climate, with three storytellers working at the intersection of writing and activism: New York Times best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer, feminist science studies scholar and professor of women and gender studies at Wellesley College Banu Subramaniam, and Grist climate fiction creative manager Tory Stephens. Professor Joanna Radin will moderate; reception to follow.

Open to all members of the Yale community and the public.

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This event is generously supported by the Whitney Humanities Center, 320 York Fund, Yale Seminar in Religious Studies (YSRS), Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Dean’s Symposia Fund, Yale School of the Environment (YSE), Yale English Department, Yale Program in the History of Science and Medicine (HSHM), the Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS), and the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.

Image credit: Molly Mendoza for Grist's Imagine 2200 climate fiction writing contest.