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Christina Gerhardt, "Sea Change" in conversation with Kerri Arsenault

Essays, Maps, Art, and Poetry:

An Evening with Christina Gerhardt

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Sea Change

This immersive portal to islands around the world highlights the impacts of sea level rise and shimmers with hopeful solutions to combat it.

Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world's coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—"We are not drowning! We are fighting!"—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.

Christina Gerhardt (rhymes with Air-heart) is Associate Professor and founder of the Environmental Humanities at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, former Barron Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University and permanent Senior Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught previously. She has been awarded fellowships by the Fulbright Commission, Mesa Refuge, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library and the Rachel Carson Center. And she has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and Columbia University. She is also an environmental journalist and published (under "Tina Gerhardt") in The Guardian, Grist, The Nation and Sierra, among other outlets. Her most recent book is Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean published by University of California Press.

Christina Gerhardt

Kerri Arsenault is a literary critic, co-director of The Environmental Storytelling Studio at Brown University; Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History; fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia; contributing editor at Orion magazine; and author of the award winning, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Her writing has been published in the Boston Globe, The Paris Review, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Kerri Arsenault

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Can't make it to the event? You can still get a signed copy of Sea Change.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 6:30pm EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean By Christina Gerhardt Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780520304826
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Published: University of California Press - May 23rd, 2023

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains By Kerri Arsenault Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250799685
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 7th, 2021