College of Liberal Arts

Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Texas Union 2.308

The University of Texas the Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 will hold a Difficult Dialogues public panel on "Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality," featuring Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Dr. Klinenberg’s talk and panel discussion will be one of two public panels co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 that will discuss the environment.

Dr. Klinenberg's books, Heat Wave (2nd edition 2015) and Palaces for the People (2018) will be sold and signed before the event at 6:30pm. Dr. Klinenberg's talk will begin at 7pm, followed by remarks from the evening's discussant, Dr. Katherine Lieberknecht, Assistant Professor in UT's School of Architecture, as well as audience dialogue moderated by Dr. Pauline Strong, Director of the Humanities Institute. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here if you would like to attend Dr. Klinenberg's talk.

About the Guest Speaker
Eric Klinenberg’s work has spanned topics from extreme weather events to the sociological value of public infrastructure. His first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, describes the devastating impact of Chicago’s July 1995 heat wave, an event that quickly became one of the city’s deadliest natural disasters. Dr. Klinenberg investigated the previously unexplained reasons behind the destruction left in the heat wave’s wake through years of fieldwork, extensive interviews, and archival research. His most recent book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, was released on September 11, 2018. Along with his books and scholarly research, Dr. Klinenberg has contributed to The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and This American Life.

Watch Dr. Klinenberg's recent talk "the Chicago Heat Wave: 20 Years Later"  at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

About the Discussant 
Katherine Lieberknecht is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lieberknecht currently serves as chair of Planet Texas 2050, The University of Texas at Austin's first grand challenge research program, and as faculty lead for the Texas Metro Observatory, a Planet Texas 2050 research project. She researches urban water resources planning, metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning, and food systems of metropolitan areas. Dr. Lieberknecht teaches courses on urban agriculture systems, water resources planning, urban ecology, and participatory methods. She has published articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Hydrology, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, and book chapters published by Yale Press and SpringerNature. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked in the private land conservation field. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. 

 

 

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