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Eric Klinenberg at The Interval: Climate Change and the Future of Cities
Tue, March 7, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Climate Change and the Future of Cities
Check-in begins 6:30pm; talk will start 7:30pm sharp at The Interval at Long Now
Eric's book Heat Wave will be on sale and he will be signing after the talk.
What qualities help assure that a community can survive the threat of disaster? The population density of cities leads to inherent vulnerabilities to mass climate disasters: such as single point of failure transit systems and utilities built prior to today's environmental realities. At the same time the resources of cities offer tremendous potential for preparation and innovation.
As a sociologist, Klinenberg brings insights on how neighborhood dynamics (what he calls "social infrastructure") can help individuals & communities prepare for extreme weather including flooding and heat waves. He'll discuss how cities can be wiser and think more long-term by planning traditional infrastructure projects which also enable such social infrastructure in their design.
By the end of Heat Wave, Klinenberg has traced the lines of culpability in dozens of directions, drawing a dense and subtle portrait of exactly what happened during that week in July.
— Malcolm Gladwell, in The New Yorker
This event is co-presented by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where Eric is currently a fellow working on the social science of climate change with a focus on mitigation and adaptation in an urban context.
Since 01954 CASBS has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He's a best-selling author whose books include Modern Romance (with Aziz Ansari); Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone; Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media; and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. In addition to his scholarship, Klinenberg has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and the radio program, This American Life.
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