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Climate Crisis Teach-In 2021

Wake Up to Climate Change

October 4 – 9
Monmouth University

The Climate Crisis Teach-In is an annual interdisciplinary event designed to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

Where available, click on the session title link to view the video.

Monday, October 4, 2021

12 – 1 p.m.  Eco-wellness: Ways to actively combat and cope with climate grief , Dr. Megan Delaney, PhD,LPC /Location: Erlanger Gardens, Flyer

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.  Climate & Health Policy: A Call to Action for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals, 15 min presentation followed by Q&A, Dean Ann Marie Mauro/Flyer

5 – 6 p.m. ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Investing: Truth or Fiction? Presentation, Discussion, Q & A, Dr. Jonathan Daigle, Dr. Scott Jeffrey /Flyer

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, How Do We Convince the Public/Politicians to Do More on Climate Change?  Dr. Stephen Chapman, Prof. Patrick Murray, Dr. Marina Vujnovic; Dr. Heide Estes, moderator/Flyer

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

10:05 – 11:25 a.m.   Existential threat-Implications for Homeland Security, Dr. John Comiskey, in person, see Dr. Comiskey to attend this session, space is limited/Zoom link unique to this session

11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Panel Discussion: Climate Migration, Dr. Tom Herrington;  Thomas Flynn, Floodplain Manager, Township of Woodbridge, NJ; Kevin Geiger, Senior Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission,/Anacon B, see Dr. Duckett to attend this session, 15 seats available, presented in conjunction with PR 459, the Science and Politics of Climate Change. Also broadcast on Zoom, Flyer

11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Improving our Health and the Environment One Bite at a Time, Dr. Chris Hirschler , Terror Management Theory Explanation of Climate Denial, Dr. Scott Richards/Pollak Theater, See Dr. Hirschler to attend this session, Flyer

1:15 – 2:35 p.m.   Existential Threat-Implications for Homeland Security, Dr. John Comiskey, in person, see Dr. Comiskey to attend this session; “space is limited” Flyer/Zoom link unique to this session

1:15 – 2:35 p.m.   Climate Rhetoric, Student Panel in  History of the English Language (EN 443), students will give presentations, open to University community, Dr. Heide Estes/Flyer

2:45  – 4:10 p.m.   Environment and Literature, Student Panel in Environment and Pre-Modern Literature on Ecocriticism in EN211, students will give presentations, open to the University community, Dr. Heide Estes/Flyer

5 – 6 p.m.  Avenues for Youth Climate Activism, Dr. Melissa Alvare, Dr. Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, Dr. Kathleen Grant, Dr. Randall Abate/Flyer and abstract

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

10 – 11 a.m. Climate Change, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development in Social Work, Dr. Anne Deepak and Dr. Golam Mathbor /abstract/flyer

11:40 – 1 p.m. Air Pollution 101: Understanding Air Pollutants and Climate Change, Dr. Tiffany Medley,  Flyer

1 – 1:50 p.m. The Impacts of Representation on State-Level Climate Change PolicyDr. Stephen Chapman

4:30 – 6 p.m. Climate Science Presentations and Discussion:

  • What Caused the Younger-Dryas Abrupt Warming Event 11,000 years ago?, Professor Matthew Pacicco (Climate Science)
  • How Geology Uses Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes to Make Paleoclimate Determinations and Decipher Role of Human Activity in Climate Change, Professor Michael Tarullo (Geology)
  • The Spatial Planning for Area Conservation in Response to Climate Change, Professor Caitlin Kelley (Climate Science)
  • Abstracts for all 3 presenters.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Research on Climate Impacts on Biological Systems in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Short presentations and panel discussion, Dr. Jason Adolf, Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, Dr. Sean Sterrett/Flyer

Thursday, October 7, 2021

9 – 10 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Student Proposals for Improved Sustainability at Monmouth with Bill Siemer, Director of Facilities, Student Presenters Dianne Dellolio, Ryan WilsonDr. Azzam Elayan Moderator/

11 – 11:40 a.m. Congress and Climate Change – An Update from Congressman Frank Pallone, 10-15 minute presentation followed by Q&A/ Speaker Biography, Flyer

1:15 – 2:35 p.m.   COP26 101, What You Need To Know: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Mr. Tony MacDonald, Director, UCI, Dr. Randall Abate, Director IGU/Flyer and abstract.

2:50 – 4:20 p.m.   Climate Justice Across the Curriculum: Workshop – Design a climate justice lesson that meets your learning goals  Session One: Discuss first reading(s). Facilitator moderated group brainstorming session to help you produce a draft of your climate justice with civic engagement lesson.  Dr. Sonya Remington-Doucette,  Dr. Heather Price/Abstract Flyer

5:30 – 6 p.m. The History and Objectives of the Sunrise Movement, Moho Goswami and Laasya Seelam at Sunrise Middlesex County. Abstract

6:30 – 7 p.m. Green Nudging: How User Interface Design can Encourage Environmentally Friendly Choices,  Professor Kate Gatto

Friday, October 8, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Incorporating Environmental Readings in Literature Courses: LIT Faculty WorkshopThis workshop is designed for English department faculty teaching non-majors “LIT” courses who would like to learn about the basics of environmental criticism and help students read one or more texts in a class from an “ecocritical” perspective. Also appropriate for High School Teachers,  Dr. Heide Estes, Dr. Jeff Jackson, Reading Assignment. Flyer

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.  Systems Change, Not Climate Change: The urgent need for systems thinking and addressing assumptions that perpetuate the Climate Crisis, Prof. Jeanine Cava.

2:50 – 4:20 p.m.   Climate Justice Across the Curriculum: Workshop- Design a climate justice lesson that meets your learning goals,  Session two, Dr. Sonya Remington-Doucette,  Dr. Heather Price

4:30 – 5:50 p.m.   Faculty Roundtable, Monmouth University Faculty Only, Contact Prof. Kimberly Callas/Location Shadow Lawn in front of the Great Hall, Look for the Circle of Chairs

On Campus In Person Events are only open to the Monmouth University community.

Librarian Lisa Iannucci has created a LibGuide “Climate Change at Monmouth” https://guides.monmouth.edu/Climate_Change