Series Overview

Mass extinction. Climate chaos. Ecological collapse.

The future of life on earth is at stake.

What are the roots of this emergency?
What can be done?

Calendar of Events and Recordings

Free. Online. Open to All.

All events will be live & recorded at the links below
Most recordings also available on Facebook, YouTube & Soundcloud*
Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available. Click event titles below to register for upcoming events and view recordings.

Sept 30, 6pm | KEYNOTE

What Does the Earth Ask of Us? 

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Joint keynote co-presented with the Arts Extension Service, Creative Women Leading Climate Action & partners. See event page for recording.


Oct 7, 6pm | HISTORY DISTINGUISHED ANNUAL LECTURE

California Burning: The Apocalyptic Trinity of Climate Change, Alien Plant Invasion and Exurbanization

Mike Davis

Co-presented with the UMass / Five College Graduate Program in History


Oct 21, 6pm | EXTINCTION

A World in a Shell: The Disappearing Snails of Hawai’i

Thom van Dooren


Nov 12, 6pm | THE ELECTIONS, REDUX

Environmental Policy in Historical Perspective

Bill McKibben, Robert Pollin, Ashwin Ravikumar, Thea Riofrancos, Eve Vogel


Nov 18, 4pm | THE UNDERGROUND

History from Below: Extractivism, Geology, and Power

Angélica Maria Bernal, Nigel Clark, Gregory Cushman, Andrea Marston


Feb 1, 12pm | RESISTANCE

Young People Fighting for Climate Justice

Vanessa Nakate and Varshini Prakash ’15

2021 James Baldwin Lecture, co-presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Dept of Afro-American Studies


Feb 24, 7:30pm | UNNATURAL DISASTERS

Landfall: Film Screening and Q/A

Cecilia Aldarondo

Co-presented with the 2021 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival


Mar 4, 6pm | ECOFASCISM

Disaster Capitalism, Ecofascism, and Ecoauthoritarianism

Katia R. Avilés Vázquez, Rajani Bhatia, John Aloysius Zinda


Week of Mar 22 | LAND, LABOR, LIFE

Viral Exchanges (lecture, 3/22) & The Land Beneath Our Feet (film, 3/25)

Gregg Mitman

History Writer In Residence Program, co-presented with the UMass / Five College Graduate Program in History


Ongoing | K-12 EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

Teaching on a Precipice: Empowering Student / Teacher Partnerships for Climate Justice

Romina Pacheco, Safire DeJong

Co-presented with the History Institute and the Collaborative for Educational Services

* The keynote is not publicly available on Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud. See event page for details on how to watch / listen.