Sunday, May 16, 2021 · 1:00 p.m. · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar
Mental health, and trauma pasts, are intertwined with the human scale of climate response and climate resiliency. We'll examine the role it plays in our approach to the crisis. 60 minutes. Free admission. Live Q&A and post-panel attendee mingle.
Long time advocate for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. Studied Thermodynamics, Science/Math and Economics at So. Illinois Univ. before obtaining a doctorate in Natural Law (1983). After a successful career advocating for wildlife and wild places, returned to school and obtained an M.A. in East/West Psychology w/emphasis on eco-psychology and spiritual counseling. Vajrayana practitioner emphasizing Hua-Yen & Kalacakra tantrayana. Author of "Climate Sense ~ Changing the Way We Think & Feel About Our Climate in Crisis" available on Amazon.com, and 2 peer-reviewed, lead articles in Ecopsychology journal: "Climate Crisis & the Cosmic Bomb: Is the American Dream an Expression of Cultural Trauma" (Dec. 2015) & "Climate Trauma: Towards a New Taxonomy of Trauma" (March 2019). Speaker and part of the inspiration for Thomas Hubl's Collective Trauma Summit. Lives in Seattle, WA. Blogs at EcopsychologyNow!
Ian Edwards, MBA, is a journalist by background, a sustainability and communications consultant and founder/producer of Broto: Art-Climate-Science and TEDxProvincetown. He's focussed on big ideas, synthesis and innovation.
CLARINDA MAC LOW was brought up in the avant-garde arts scene that flourished in NYC during the 1960s and ‘70s. She began performing with her father Jackson Mac Low and with Meredith Monk at the age of 5. Mac Low started out working in dance and molecular biology in the late 1980s and now works in performance and installation, creating participatory installations and events that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience. Mac Low is co-founder and Executive Director of Culture Push, an experimental organization that links artistic practice and civic engagement, and co-curator of Works on Water, a triennial that supports art that works on, in or with water and waterways. . Her other work has appeared at Panoply Performance Laboratory, the EFA Project Space, P.S. 122, the Kitchen, X-Initiative, and many other places and spaces around New York City and elsewhere in the world, including the Manifesta Biennial in Spain. Recent work and ongoing projects include: “Incredible Witness,” a series of game-based participatory events looking at the sensory origins of empathy; “Free the Orphans,” a project that seeks to “free” copyright orphans (creative work with unknown copyright holders), investigating the spiritual and intellectual implications of intellectual property in a digital age; “The Year of Dance”, an anthropology of the NYC dance world that that examines how bonds form in art-making to create unconventional family and kinship structures; TRYST, performance interventions in urban space; “Cyborg Nation,” public conversation on the technological body and intimacy; and and “Salvage/Salvation,” a collaborative installation and performance project that explores the philosophical, emotional and material implications of re-use, discard, decay and abundance Residencies including as a MacDowell Fellow (2000, 2016), through the Society for Cultural Exchange in Pittsburgh (2007) and as a guest at Yaddo and Mount Tremper Arts (2012). She received a BAX Award in 2004, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, 2007 and a 2010 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant. Mac Low holds a BA, double major in Dance and Molecular Biology, from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice from CCNY-CUNY.
Michele Wick studies the human side of climate change through an interdisciplinary lens. Her inquiry focuses on several issues raised by the American Psychological Association’s task force on global climate change including:
- How people understand the risks imposed by climate change
- Behavioral contributions to climate change and their psychological/ contextual drivers
the psychosocial impacts of climate change
- How individuals adapt to and cope with perceived threats and impacts
- Psychological barriers that limit climate change action
- Her current work is situated in the public arena with an emphasis on collaborative projects that bring climate themed art to museums and other venues. She is co-founder and co-chair of Arts Afield, a program that fosters dialog across the arts, humanities and sciences at Smith’s Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station. Currently, she co-leads an interdisciplinary fellowship for a group of faculty and students at Smith college – Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope.
Wick also follows the science of science communication and her writing often translates psychological research into narrative for the general public. Her blog, Anthropocene Mind, at Psychology Today, is one forum for this work.
Wick began her career in psychology as a clinician with a specialty in college mental health. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and she is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Massachusetts.