From Climate Anxiety to Climate Action

A writing workshop led by Nicole Seymour

Join Faculty Books Celebration keynote speaker Nicole Seymour in a two-hour writing workshop on writing in an age of major climate upheaval. Seymour will guide participants in considering how and where they can take action, identify local resources and opportunities for meaningful impact and use writing to build collectives around the issue of climate change. Echoing Seymour’s own eclectic approach to environmental humanities, the workshop will also include time for slowness, reflection, deliberation and fun. This workshop is designed for graduate students; postdocs and advanced undergraduates are also welcome to register. The first ten registrants will receive a copy of Seymour's latest book, Glitter, at the event.

Thursday, February 29
2–4 pm 
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Room 104

Nicole Seymour on campus

Panel discussion

“Culture and Environmental Crisis” — 1 pm | Wednesday, February 28 — Olin Library, Room 142 or Zoom

Details & registration

Keynote Lecture

“In Defense of Tackiness: The Queer Environmental Politics of Glitter” — 4 pm | Wednesday, February 28 — Umrath Lounge or Zoom

Details & registration

Graduate Student Workshop

“From Climate Anxiety to Climate Action” — 2–4 pm | Thursday, February 29 — Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Room 104

Workshop participants will walk through Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air, now on view at the Kemper Art Museum. 

Sierra created the 52 compositions — one for each week in a year — by placing adhesive-lacquered canvases on the floor in a building in Mexico City with the windows open, allowing the air to settle on them. Each week he removed one canvas and had a conservator permanently fix the sediment that had gathered on its surface. The result is a disturbing time-lapse of noxious accumulation. 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air refers not only to pollution in Mexico City but also to the increase of airborne contaminants in congested areas around the world.

Because of the setting of this workshop, food and drink are prohibited in the classroom. Students may take notes with pencil and paper or laptop, but pens are not allowed. Bags and coats may be stored in a designated area outside of the classroom.

Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air