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Anthropocene Film Salon

Year of Funding: 
Stream through ice sheet

The Anthropocene Film Series catalyzes transdisciplinary conversations about our current social-ecological moment, with a view to generating a vibrant dialogue between UW environmental scientists and humanists and humanistic social scientists. Each quarter we screen an environment-themed film and host a panel discussion, audience Q-and-A, and social gathering. We select films for their ability to attract and provoke discussion among a diverse audience from a range of disciplines, professional sectors, and local communities. Panelists, for their part, reflect on the film through multiple frames—ethical, scientific, aesthetic—and help generate audience discussion. The panel discussions are followed by informal conversations during the reception.

The overall goal of the series is to improve understanding across environmental fields of the humanistic, social, biophysical, as well as artistic dimensions of contemporary environmental challenges and to explore how expertise in all of these areas is essential to jointly achieving a sustainable future. By hosting a provocative film followed by a discussion and social gathering, we aim to connect people who would not otherwise meet, foster mutual learning, and catalyze new, cross-cutting collaborations addressing the unique social-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene.


Primary Contacts

Richard Watts (French & Italian Studies)

Sara Breslow (Center for Creative Conservation)