Women Writing about the Environment: Strong Voices Impacting Change Event
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, the WNBA-NYC chapter partnered with Pace University’s Dyson College to present the panel titled “Women Writing about the Environment: Strong Voices Impacting Change.” Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, moderated the panel that consisted of five strong-voiced women who each spoke about their environmental passions and the ways in which their art explains these passions to the world. The panel featured Marina Zurkow, Eve Andree Laramee, Amy King, Melanie Dupuis, and Irene O’Garden, all artists and writers with the strong wills of scientists. The science world needs more women like these five to speak fervently about environmental crises, and certainly there are. As Andrew Revkin joked, many have claimed the lack of women in science issue as a “Manthropocene,” cleverly playing off the word of “anthropocene,” the time period that began when human activities began to hugely impact the global environment. With women like those who spoke at this panel, we can rest assured that a “Manthropocene” is farther off.
The first half of the night consisted of each artist showcasing their favorite works and what these works meant to them. Marina Zurkow, Professor in the Interactive Technology Program (ITP) at NYU, led the panel with a taste of her own visual work. Through simple yet beautiful animations, Marina invites viewers to watch their own environmental impacts unfold.
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