Climate Crisis: An exhibition in-development at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

GW Undergraduate Series: Can't Get to DC Museums, Historical Sites and Political Institutions? We Will Bring Them to You!
Thu, 4 March, 2021 3:00pm



Presenter: Dr. Martin Collins, Curator, Department of Space History

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Moderator: Dr. Rachel Riedner, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies


To invoke the word “crisis” is to stake out a strong position in presenting the topic of climate change and its increasing impacts on life on our home planet. This “crisis” is human-centric—human actions and choices, especially those in highly-developed nations, are altering fundamentally Earth as a physical system, threatening the viability of Earth’s biosphere. 

In the face of such destabilizing change, what actions might we take, whether at global or local scales?  What conceptual tools might we need?  What responsibilities do we have to fellow humans and to the planet?  In particular, what responsibilities does the Smithsonian have as one of our nation’s preeminent science and cultural institutions in presenting this topic to diverse national and international audiences?

This presentation will bring you into the exhibit team’s work, our choices, and the special place of exhibitions in stimulating public dialogue on a vital contemporary issue.


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