Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise
Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
In "Let Them Drown," the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein called attention, as Rob Nixon's "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor" had done, to the nexus of climate change, (colonial) racism and poverty. But she shifted the spotlight onto the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. Their current day situation is dire. In her new book project, "Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise" Professor Christina Gerhardt combines cartography and geography, literary studies and creative non-fiction, and environmental studies and environmental humanities to present the current climate change induced impacts on low lying islands and the solutions being put forward to them, often by the indigenous inhabitants of the islands themselves.
Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities, Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii and Senior Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.