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Language and Climate: Making Connections for a Sustainable Future

Climate Series

dateMay 3–4, 2024 locationRiverside Church locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning
  • The Columbia Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Language Resource Center
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The symposium explores the nexus between climate and language and examines the ideological assumptions that shape the relationship between the natural world and the language used to speak about it. The symposium also aspires to serve as a disruptive starting point to challenge the language teaching community to think beyond current approaches to language studies and consider how climate issues can be made relevant to the language classroom, to language curricula, and to language programs.

Genevieve Guenther, founding director of End Climate Silence and affiliate faculty at the New School, will deliver the opening keynote. Professor Christina Gerhardt of the Hawai’i at Mānoa and Professor Mark Turin of the University of British Columbia will deliver the Saturday opening keynote and the closing address, respectively.

The full program is available here.