Courses and Workshops

Our Earth's Future (Starting June 10, 2014)

Five Tuesdays, June 10 through July 8, 2014


Become fluent in the science of climate change in this course led by Museum curators and other experts in the fields of earth and planetary research, climate modeling and visualization, conservation biology, anthropology, and science communication. Guest speakers include Museum curators Dr. Ed Mathez and Dr. Jenny Newell as well as other well known experts including Dr. Michela Biasutti, Dr. Gavin Schmidt, and journalists from Scientific American. Organized around case studies, “Our Earth’s Future” offers a unique opportunity to gain solid understanding of key scientific principles, analyze scientific data, confront misconceptions, visualize data-driven climate scenarios, and learn how to communicate about global climate phenomena. The course is led by Dr. Debra Tillinger, whose unique accomplishments include research in Ocean and Climate Physics, physics professor at Marymount Manhattan College, and public educator in climate and earth science seen across venues throughout New York City including the annual Mermaid Lagoon in Brooklyn, now in its fourth year.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under grant number MA-10-13-0200-13.

Course Schedule:

June 10: Is Climate Change Happening? Prove it…

June 17: It All Comes Down to the Ocean

June 24: Cultural Impact of Climate Change: Consequences to Islands

July 1: Our Earth’s Future: Risk and Resilience

July 8: Tell It Like It Is:  How to get to the point on Climate Change