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Around Nature Discussion Series

The Trade of Nature

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Zoom Event

In Collaboration with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube.

Moderated by Blanca de la Torre, this panel with Diana Ayton-ShenkerJuanli Carrión, Shahid Naeem and Daniel Stone will address current realities of climate change from the point of view of globalization. Environmental justice education and activism, empathy for nature, and environmental consequences of lost biodiversity will be addressed to understand tradeoffs between globalization and mitigating climate change.

Diana Ayton-Shenker 
is CEO of Leonardo/International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology; Executive Director of the Arizona State University-Leonardo Initiative, and Professor of Practice at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Arts, Media, & Engineering.

Juanli Carrión is an artist and researcher whose work unfolds in the development, research and education of community engaged design and artistic practices. His research has taken the form of art projects, publications, and curriculum development with an emphasis on social and environmental justice. In 2017 he founded OSS Project, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and support public gardens as art interventions, using urban farming, storytelling, educational programming and community building as means to address systemic and structural issues of social inequity. 

Shahid Naeem is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology and Director of the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University. He studies the ecological and environmental consequences of biodiversity loss and is interested in how changes in the distribution and abundance of plants, animals, and microbes affect how ecosystems function and, by extension, how ecosystems services are affected. His work combines theoretical, observational, and experimental studies under field and laboratory conditions.

Daniel Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany in Washington, D.C. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. Stone is the author of The Food Explorer, on the botanical adventures of a food spy.

Blanca de la Torre is an art historian, curator and writer who specializes in intersections of art, ecology and sustainability. She served as Head of Exhibitions at the Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2009-2014). During her tenure, she initiatied a new exhibition program based in recycling, process-oriented practices and DIY culture, which featured more than fifteen international artists. She has curated exhibitions worldwide, including at the Contemporary Art Museum of Belgrade, Serbia; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria; Elisabeth Foundation Project Space, New York; Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico; NC-Arte, Bogotá, Colombia; and MUSAC in León, Spain.

About the Series
This multidisciplinary project by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and artist Juanli Carrión explores the consequences of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. On the occasion of the 5th Centenary of the first trip around the world, accomplished by Juan Sebastian Elcano, Spanish artist Juanli Carrión has organized a series of programs that include online discussions presented in collaboration with CPNAS.

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