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‘Climate Change in Our Backyard’

This year’s Harriet Elliott Lecture Series carries the theme “The Human Dimension of Climate Change.” It explores how humans and human institutions respond to climate change in the past, present, and future.

A panel discussion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 4, in Room 114 of the School of Education Building. The panel’s theme, “Climate Change in Our Backyard,” will discuss how climate change is affecting human communities within North Carolina and across the Southeastern United States. The panel will open with remarks from three distinguished scholars with an open discussion and audience questions to follow. A reception with light refreshments will precede the panel discussion at 5 p.m. The event, presented by the Department of Anthropology, is free and open to the public. Free on-campus parking will be available in the Oakland Parking Deck.

The panelists will be:


Dr. Pam Jenkins

Research Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, University of New Orleans

For many, climate change is an abstract concept — it is warmer in the summer or rain storms are more intense.  The gradual changes to our climate slip by as communities slightly adjust. For our discussion, I explore how communities and families make decisions in this context and what these decisions mean for all of us.  


Dr. Adam Terando

Research Ecologist and Adjunct Professor US Geological Survey and Department of Applied Ecology, NC State University

As part of this panel discussion I hope to unpack and distill some complex issues using examples from my work simulating the growth of megalopolis regions in the Southeast, and my participation in the recently released National Climate Assessment.  


Dr. Ryan Emanuel

Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University

My remarks focus on my ongoing partnerships with tribes in eastern North Carolina to document and grapple with climate change, land-use change, and other issues of concern to indigenous peoples.  


The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Susan Andreatta, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNCG.

Have questions for the panelists? See https://anthropology.uncg.edu/2038-2/.