Visual and Dramatic Arts
Dean of Humanities
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Hosted by Houston GREEN Film Series and Citizens' Environmental Coalition (Houston)
to 8:30 PM
Cinema (Rm #100) Rice Media Center
Rice University, Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Ave
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA
What Is the Anthropocene and Are We in It?
Have human beings permanently changed the planet? That seemingly simple question has sparked a new battle between geologists and environmental advocates over what to call the time period we live in. A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene—a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it’s a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archive footage, award-winning stills, and interviews, Anthropocene proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide—in this decade—how the Anthropocene will end.
6:30pm conversation, networking, and a light meal.