Talking Truth @ Smith: Finding your Voice Around Climate Change

Talking Truth @ Smith: Finding your Voice Around Climate Change

Underwater view of coral reef.
Coral reef, Jarvis Island. NOAA Photo by Bernardo Vargas-Ángel.

How can virtual and immersive experiences help us face the realities of climate change? The Knowledgelab and Smith College Libraries will explore this and other questions on Friday April 20, 2018 with our Talking Truth @ Smith  event, a series of workshops and reflective gaming and making activities from 10am – 4pm. The Talking Truth series began at UMass Amherst as an effort by librarians, students, activists, and others to engage communities in dialogue about the impact of our changing environment on our emotional and physical well-being.  

All events held in KnowledgeLab, Seelye B4.

Virtual Reality Experience
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Come to the KnowledgeLab to witness ocean acidification firsthand in a short virtual reality experience.

Finding Your Purpose
Noon – 1 p.m.
UMass Librarian Madeleine Charney will lead a discussion about using her career to build a more sustainable world. Lunch provided; vegan/gluten-free options served.

Identity & Place
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Hands on writing and discussion workshop about the significance of identity and place in a climate chang(ed) world, led by Outreach Librarian Jodi Shaw.

Neilson & Sustainability
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Discussion: How does the new Neilson library facilitate future conversations, making, and scholarship about Climate Change? Janet Spongberg, Josten Library Circulation Coordinator.

Zine Making Workshop
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Zine workshop: “An Open Letter to the Smithies of the Future.” Led by Amanda Ferrara, Archives Associate.