The Collaborative is excited to announce that we have been selected to receive a Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Grant. In the 2019-2020 academic year, we will bring the NYU-based artist collective Dear Climate to campus to create a commissioned project involving both the university community and the greater community of Boone. Our project centers around an exhibition of work by Dear Climate and includes gallery based educational programs, faculty and student workshops, the development of creative curricular assignments, and a suite of public performances and events.
Past Projects & Events
Visit by artist Mel Chin (April 2019)
Mel Chin shared his philosophy and work with an audience of more than 300 students, faculty, staff and community members. Chin is a conceptual artist whose work is shaped by immediate social, political, and environmental concerns. Past projects include Revival Field, a project that has been a pioneer in the field of “green remediation" and Wake and Unmoored, an interactive VR experience that visualizes climate change impacts in Times Square, New York City.
Visit by author Earl Swift (November 2018)
Earl Swift did a reading from his new book “Chesapeake Requiem” and a writing workshop, reaching more than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members. “Chesapeake Requiem” takes an intimate look at Tangier, Virginia, a tiny island in the Chesapeake Bay known for softshell crabbing. Fewer than 500 people inhabit the island, and most make their living on the water. To craft the book, Swift spent two years living on Tangier, working with residents and observing the island’s traditions. His book sounds a warning on the coming fate of countless coastal communities like Tangier unless action is taken to mitigate and prevent climate change.
Climate Justice Month (April 2018)
More than 1000 students, faculty, staff and community members participated in this event series, which was funded by the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan for funding support through the Global Learning Funding Opportunities program and included visits by:
Chief Albert Naquin, traditional tribal leader of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, shared the story his tribe, which must relocate because their lands on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana are being destroyed by climate change and associated sea level rise.
Chantal Bilodeau, playwright and climate “artivist,” shared her approach to storytelling to engage audiences in understanding of climate justice issues. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, which produces plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action.
Dr. Elizabeth Marino, anthropologist and climate justice scholar-activist, shared her research exploring the relationships among climate change, vulnerability, slow and rapid onset disasters, human migration, and sense of place. She has also been actively engaged in these issues outside of academia, and recently published a related book, Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: An Ethnography of Climate Change. Marino is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades.
Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, anthropologist and climate justice scholar-activist, shared his award-winning research and consultation on issues relating to disasters and displacement in Peru, Honduras, India, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. Much of his recent work focuses on climate-induced displacement, migration and resettlement. Oliver-Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Florida.
Visit by author Jeff Biggers (February 2017)
A chance meeting with author, playwright and climate activist Jeff Biggers at a conference in October 2016 inspired us to establish the Climate Stories Collaborative. A few short months after meeting Biggers, we hosted him on our campus for a two-day visit in which he spoke to classes in Appalachian Studies, Art, Biology, Communication, and Sustainable Development; led a half-day workshop for faculty and staff; and performed a version of his multimedia theatrical piece, Evening at the Ecopolis. Biggers tailored this piece to our southern Appalachian community, and shared the stage with award-winning singer-songwriter and ASU alumna Alexa Rose. Biggers’ visit energized an initially small group of faculty to action, and in just two years the Climate Stories Collaborative has become a university-wide initiative.