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Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art

Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University

Project Summary

Feet to the Fire:  Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art was an 18-month project that included research and learning opportunities for students and faculty to explore the effects of global warming and the intersections between scientific and artistic approaches to the issue, and to foster a deeper understanding of issues surrounding global climate change through multiple lenses.  The project used art as a catalyst for innovative thinking, scientific exploration, and student engagement, and galvanized campus and community collaboration.  Through F2F, the Center for the Arts took a leadership role to stimulate the larger university community into integrative, creative approaches and new ways of engagement on topics of societal concern.  Activities included pedagogical exchanges in existing courses through course modules that combined artistic and science/social science perspectives; the creation of new co-taught courses that engaged arts disciplines as elements of research and learning around climate change; a first year student common reading and Common Experience program; and two major festivals that included performances, visual art exhibitions and installations, and commissioning of student, faculty and visiting artists.

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