CHSS Spring Symposium: Knowing Climate Change

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1203

This symposium, sponsored by the Intellectual Life Committee in the College of Humanities and Social Science, will bring together three scholars, each from a different discipline, to discuss the relationship between large-scale environmental challenges and the problems of political knowledge, cultural representation, and individual and collective subjectivities.  Sam Lebovic, from the Department of History and Art History, will moderate.


Three Panelists 

Dr. John Cook

Dr. Cook is a research assistant professor and a well-recognized climate change advocate, who works for the Center for Climate Change Communication at Mason. He conducts research on climate change misinformation, and manages Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education.


Dr. Lisa Breglia

Dr. Breglia is a Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Social Sciences and is an Associate Professor of Global Affairs. Her book, Monumental Ambivalence: the Politics of Heritage examines the struggle over national patrimony between public interests and private sector development in Maya archaeological across the Yucatán Peninsula. Her current research focuses on the relationship between resource security and citizen security in contemporary Mexico.

To learn more before the event about Dr. Breglia's recent work, visit "Experiential Dimensions of Climate Change in Yucatán, Mexico."


Dr. Jessica Hurley

Dr. Hurley is an assistant professor in the English Department at Mason. Her research focuses on the American nuclear complex as an infrastructural phenomenon that has shaped the development of both material environments and literary archives in the United States and across the globe. She is currently working on her book project, “Nuclear Decolonizations,” analyzing the relationship between nuclearization, decolonization, and literary form since 1945. 


All are welcome; light refreshments and drinks will be served after the panel.