Learning about climate change can trigger debilitating cycles of eco-grief, despair, and apathy. So how can an educator work with those emotions and still get the lesson across?
In her upcoming talk for My Favorite Lecture, titled Coming of Age at the End of the World: Eco-Grief, College Students, and Teaching Climate Change, Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray explores the challenges of teaching depressing material about climate change and social injustice to college students. In response, she has devoted herself to making emotions central to the pedagogy.
Since 2013, she has led and taught in the Environmental Studies BA Program at HSU. In addition to this work at HSU, she co-leads a UC/CSU collaborative climate education "Knowledge Action Network", working to develop teaching resources for K-16 across the state. She teaches and publishes on environmental justice, and is author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture. She is currently working on a book about the subject of her lecture, the emotional roller coaster of teaching environmental studies.
My Favorite Lecture is an educational lecture series in which Humboldt State educators share some of their favorite material with a live community audience in downtown Arcata, California. No topic is too big or small.
My Favorite Lecture live events are free and often standing-room only. Doors open at 6:00pm and early arrival is strongly recommended. The episode will air about two weeks after this recording session.
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- NPR & Ray on eco-grief
- Ray's blog
- The Ecological Other (author)
- Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (co-editor)
- Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (co-editor)
- HSU Now: Eco-Grief
- Critical Hope: A Course Blog for Humboldt State's Environmental Studies Senior Capstone
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