Come join us for Let’s Talk Climate, a series of informal conversations about climate change. Facilitators will start each session by sharing some ideas and information about the day’s topic to set the stage, and then engage the group in an open discussion. We’ll have some discussion questions in mind to help guide the conversations, but we’ll let the conversations go where you and other participants want to take them. This series is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education.

All are welcome to this free event series – students, staff, faculty, and community members. Bring friends and colleagues.  

All sessions are at Dickinson College
Rooms vary by session and are noted


FEBRUARY 17, 2023 (FRIDAY), 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
The Climate Crisis and the Concept of "One Health"
Stern Great Room

We will discuss the impacts of the accelerating climate crisis on human health and how this is intimately related to the health of organisms, ecosystems and the planet. Topics will include climate change and the emergence of new diseases, the spread of existing disease vectors, and the potential development of uninhabitable regions.  Possible adaptation and mitigation approaches will also be considered.

  • Facilitator: Professor John Henson

MARCH 2, 2023 (THURSDAY), 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Engaging Students in Climate Action: A Panel and Open Forum Discussion
Althouse 08

Students are a vital driving force for climate action on Dickinson’s campus and beyond, however it can be difficult for students to figure out how to be engaged and effective. In this session, student’s will hear from a panel of faculty members and other students discussing their climate-related projects on campus and sharing ways for getting involved. This will be followed by an open discussion where students will be able to ask questions and provide their thoughts on the topic.

  • Facilitator: Olive Stern '25

MARCH 23, 2023 (THURSDAY), 12:00 - 1:00 PM
What Can We Learn About the Energy Transition from Germany?
Althouse 08

Germany has often been seen as a pioneer in the implementation of sustainable energy use. This so-called “Energiewende” (energy transition) has had to confront all kinds of challenges (most recently the Ukraine crisis) that caused complications and setbacks. This session will present some of the German experiences and start a discussion about lessons we can learn from them here in the US.

  • Facilitator: Students from German Environments Mosaic Course & Professor Antje Pfannkuchen

APRIL 14, 2023 (FRIDAY), 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Artistic Activism and the Climate Crisis
Althouse 08

The Caribbean is often associated with notions of “paradise” and treated as a vacation destination. The tourist industry has an outsize impact on environmental disasters, adversely affecting the day-to-day lives of local people who are frequently overlooked. Puerto Rico and its indeterminate relationship with the United States leave it particularly open to exploitation. In the face of these challenges, performance art, theater, and public art have provided creative responses. What is the role of artistic activism and the humanities in raising awareness and helping to heal communities confronting climate change crises?

  • Facilitator: Professor Mariana Past and Charlotte Goodman ‘23

APRIL 28, 2023 (FRIDAY), 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Equity and Sustainability
Stern Great Room

Climate change might seem like a universal problem, but it is now clear that its impact is not equally distributed.  Even some strategies for mitigating environmental damage have the potential to reinforce existing inequities.  In this session, we’ll look at examples and ask how a framework of equity and inclusion might be important when responding to our changing climate. 

  • Facilitator:  Katie Schweighofer, Director, Women’s and Gender Resource Center