One Book Watch Party: Dodging a Mass Extinction Event — Climate Change and Necessity

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 12:00am
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  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
A post-COP-26 lecture by Kim Stanley Robinson delivered to political economists

After attending the UN’s COP-26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, author Kim Stanley Robinson delivered the E.L. Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture on Nov. 25, 2021. He titled it "Dodging a Mass Extinction Event: Climate Change and Necessity." The annual lecture is hosted by the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, together with the Journal of Australian Political Economy and the Political Economy Student Society, and Robinson's talk reflects upon his time at COP-26. 

About the talk

The 2020s will be a pivotal decade in history, as human civilization faces the necessity of getting into a more balanced relationship with the biosphere that is our one and only home. The transformations required will be social, technological and economic. Some discussion of how these might come about will be sketched out in various science fictional scenarios, including a best-case result you can still believe in.

WATCH a recording of Robinson's lecture from the link above. It is followed by an informative discussion with Emeritus Professor Dick Bryan, and a question and answer session with students from the Department of Political Economy.

Listen to the lecture audio like a podcast, without the video.

One Book Steamboat

This is a featured event to enhance the ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT community reading of The Ministry for the Future.


One Book Steamboat has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Funding has been provided to Bud Werner Memorial Library by Colorado Humanities from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Colorado Humanities.