Guilt, Shame, and Climate Change

Guilt, Shame, and Climate Change by Jennifer Jacquet , A More Perfect Union, Tang Teaching Museum, October 5, 2016, photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jennifer Jacquet, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, delivers this year’s keynote lecture for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. Her talk, entitled Guilt, Shame, and Climate Change, will explore the use of shame to promote large-scale political and social reform.

This event is part of A More Perfect Union and is sponsored by the Skidmore College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. This lecture is free and open to the public.

About Jennifer Jacquet

Jennifer Jacquet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the social science of cooperation dilemmas, with specific interests in overfishing and climate change. Her “wonderful, important, and timely” (Brian Eno, Long Now Foundation) book, Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, is “an intellectually stimulating discussion of shame and its enduring place in the digital age” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). She is also the author of more than twenty scientific publications in places like Biology Letters and Nature Climate Change. Her research has been covered by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Morgan Freeman’s television series Through the Wormhole, Nature News, The New York Times, The Independent, Discover, New Scientist, and The Washington Post.

In February 2016, Jacquet received a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to examine the feasibility of altering fisheries policies on the high seas. The $150,000 award, given by The Pew Charitable Trusts, will support Jacquet’s three-year project to develop policies to address overfishing.

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