Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: "Before the Flood"

Thu, July 11, 2019 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Before the Flood Movie Poster
Before the Flood Movie Poster

Before the Flood (2016), presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. Meeting with thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. 

Watch the trailer.

Jonathan Lowell, PT 2050

The screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by brief remarks by Dr. Jonathan Lowell, Community Liaison for UT's Planet Texas 2050 research initiative, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. Lowell completed his PhD in geography in 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin and has a bachelor’s from Emory University. His research projects have included: studying an ancient pilgrimage route in Spain, environmental and religious practices in the Brazilian Amazon, and an environmental justice-focused Participatory Action Research project outside of Mexico City. His dissertation project studied food spaces in Austin and the underlying cultural anxieties and political tensions that they reveal. Currently, he is the community liaison for Planet Texas 2050, one of UT’s “Grand Challenges” based out of the Office of the Vice President of Research. PT 2050 is a transdisciplinary research initiative designed to make Texas communities more resilient and better prepared for a growing population, extreme weather and environmental stress. Lowell works with architects, archaeologists, city planners, public health experts, geologists, engineers, computer scientists, artists, community groups and nonprofits to provide decision-makers with the most robust information available.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Visit the HI website for the full list of Controversy & Conversation films for Summer / Fall 2019 season. 

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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