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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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Jennifer Atkinson's "Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety" seminar featured in Grist and McMenamin's Pub Night Talk

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IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson's seminar on Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety was featured in a recent news story on Grist.org, an online magazine that has been publishing environmental news and commentary since 1999. The story, titled "The life-altering, world-ending topic they’re still not teaching you about in school," reported that a majority of K-12 and college level sciences classes in the U.S. still do not teach climate change material -- or even talk about it during class time -- despite the fact that 86% of teachers surveyed said ...

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IAS faculty members serve as research mentors for the Pacific Science Center's 2019 "Games for our Future"

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IAS faculty members Jennifer Atkinson, Mark Chen, and Jason Lambacher served as research mentors for the Pacific Science Center's 2019 "Games for our Future" event, a three-day game jam focused on the theme “Creating a Green Tomorrow.” The Game Jam brought game developers and researchers together to learn from each other and show the power of games to translate complex environmental research into a medium that's both fun and educational. The event was ...

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IAS faculty present at the Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

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IAS faculty members Jennifer Atkinson, Martha Groom, and Rob Turner presented at the Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) on February 27. Their panel, "Progressive Paradise to Dystopian Persistence: Discussing the Goalposts of Sustainability with Students and Peers," explored how sustainability-oriented teaching has shifted over time. The panel discussed how projections of the future constructed with students and peers frame the challenge of sustainability, and how those changing projections influence both the methods for pursuing sustainability and our capacities to act.

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Jennifer Atkinson speaks on "Climate Depression and Environmental Angst"

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AS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson spoke at Muhlenberg College's Center for Ethics event seriesThe Ethics of the Anthropocene: Crisis Earth. Her talk on "Climate Depression and Environmental Angst" explored the complex emotional and ethical issues faced by the Climate Generation, offering strategies for students, educators, and activists to stay engaged in environmental justice work over the long run. Both her lecture and ...

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