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Gymnasium: Telling Our Climate Stories

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020    6:30–8pm

Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what Assistant Professor Christina Boyles terms climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. In this gymnasium session, Professor Boyles and Digital Scholarship Librarian Andrew Boyles Petersen will trace how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, and highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world. In conversation with Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections and John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations, participants will practice story-telling—in image and word—as a strategy of ecological and political resistance.

Gymnasium is a platform for MSU researchers to share and develop emerging research in conversation with exhibitions at the MSU Broad. The series features a diverse scholarly response to themes and narratives rooted in the rigorous questioning and playful spirit of contemporary art. Experiential and experimental in design, Gymnasium events involve speakers and audiences in participatory learning activities, encouraging a capricious and collaborative research practice.

Plan to arrive early to check out the galleries before this event! Our galleries close to the public at 7pm.

This event will be located in the Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing.

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