CLIMATE through a Wide Lens

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Rising seas, toxic rivers, deforestation, smoke-filled air—headlines remind us daily of the local, national, and international impacts of climate change. Join us for a wild pecha kucha ride through the effects of climate change with researchers who also tirelessly seek solutions. World-renowned climate scientist, Jerald Schnoor will open with big picture issues. That will set the stage for artist Isabel Barbuzza’s work on South American lithium salt mines, environmental literary scholar Eric Gidal’s work on Iowa’s watersheds, feminist anthropologist Meena Khandelwal’s engagement with Rajasthani villages in India, and natural resource economist Silvia Secchi’s rooting into the farms and rivers that surround us. Together, our Wide Lens presenters offer crucial insights into the challenges we face and hope that if we work together, change is possible.


  • "Visualizing Climate Dangers—The Case of Lithium" — Isabel Barbuzza, Art and Art History, CLAS
  • "Connecting Data and Storytelling in Iowa's Watersheds" — Eric Gidal, English, CLAS
  • "Cookstoves and Climate Change in India" — Meena Khandelwal, Anthropology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, CLAS
  • "Climate Change—Where We Are Now" — Jerald Schnoor, College of Engineering
  • "Adapting Agriculture, Land, and Water to Climate Change" — Silvia Secchi, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, CLAS

20 slides per presenter, 20 seconds per slide

Ruthless Timekeeper — Teresa Mangum, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Office of the Vice President for Research

Additional Hosts — Roland Racevskis, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, CLAS; Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Associate Vice President for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

For each gathering in the Wide Lens series, researchers, scholars, and artists from across the university briefly present their work on a shared topic of interest; then, we open the floor to questions and conviviality over hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Wide Lens is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. These events are free and open to all.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
Senate Chambers
21 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
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