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IAS faculty members receive funding to host speakers and events

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This fall quarter 5 IAS faculty received funding to host speakers and events on campus. Jennifer Atkinson brought Tulalip storyteller and master wood carver Kelly Moses in October who spoke about the relationship between Salish people and the forests in our region; he also shared examples of his artwork. The event was co-sponsored by Social Justice Organizers (SJO) and the Diversity Center. Dan Berger will ...

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Jennifer Atkinson interviewed on The 4 Stages of Climate Grief

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson was interviewed in an Outside Magazine story on The 4 Stages of Climate Grief.  Written by Heather Hansman, author of Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West, the essay profiled personal struggles with climate grief and eco-anxiety. Atkinson's contribution highlighted practical strategies for coping with distress that arises from assaults on places we are personally connected to. Hansman contacted Atkinson after learning of her work helping students build emotional strategies to cope with climate grief and ...

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Jennifer Atkinson speaks on eco-anxiety

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson spoke on the topic of eco-anxiety at an event sponsored by the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture. Presenting alongside Clayton Aldern, a data scientist and writer for the environmental magazine Grist, Atkinson traced connections between climate change, environmental degradation, and mental health.

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Jennifer Atkinson presents research on eco-anxiety, climate grief and pretraumatic stress

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson presented her research on eco-anxiety, climate grief and pretraumatic stress at the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Speaking to an audience of climate educators, students, university administrators and environmental justice activists, her panel shared emerging research in higher education showing that young people carry an increasing emotional response of fear, anger, frustration, and sadness in response to climate disruption.

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Jennifer Atkinson: "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?"

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson's course on eco-grief and climate anxiety was featured in a Washington Post story titled "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?" The article explores how language and emotion shape our response to the climate crisis, and how terminology has evolved from "global warming" to “climate change” to “climate emergency” and "extinction" over time.

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