The Duke University Center for International Studies, working hand-in-hand with the Nicholas School of the Environment, will host two programs exploring the intersection of art and environmental sciences.
Hunting Mammoths: Climate Change in the Siberian Arctic
November 18 at 12pm - In the ancient past, hunters stalked woolly mammoths for their meat. Today, as climate change in Russia’s remote Arctic reveals mammoth carcasses modern hunters seek the mammoths for their valuable tusks. Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva spent two months on Bolshoy Lyakhovskiy Island, in Siberia, to document the hunt for ancient ivory.
Are Artists the Ultimate Environmentalists? A Scientist’s Take on Environmental Art in the Age of Environmentalism
November 20 at 12pm – John Hope Franklin Center Room 240 – William Chameides, Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment explores the questions of what is it about art that transports, astonishes, inspires? Its power to move us is almost as remarkable as the work itself. Every day, the images, sounds, and smells of the so-called real world literally surround us and assail our senses. Yet we tend to go about our lives consumed by day-to-day struggles and routines, oblivious to the marvels that abound. But then an artist comes along and interprets this very same world — through images, music, a story, a performance — and suddenly we are moved. Engaged. Emotionally connected to the planet and often committed to its protection.
Both events are free to attend and open to the public.