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Remember When “The Weather” Was a Safe Topic?: A Psychiatrist’s Take on our Current Situation
November 4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Mindy Fullilove
I was on an airline bus, complaining about the weather to the young man next to me, who shared that he was returning to work in the Alaskan oil fields. “All this talk of climate change,” he said, “is created by lying scientists.” “I’m a scientist,” I replied, “and I don’t lie,” which effectively ended the conversation. It brought to my attention how fraught “weather” has become as a topic of conversation. This is a good sign, that we are no longer in deep denial, but at that moment before a shift in collective consciousness has been made. These are not gentle moments—women were badly roughed up in the suffrage march at the time of Wilson’s inauguration, a few short years before women’s suffrage became law. The talk will explore transitions in a badly fractured nation.
*Co-sponsored by the 21st Century Naturalist Project, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s UPCLOSE program, funded by the Spencer Foundation.