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Webinar: Cli Fi, Sci Fi, and the Culture of Sustainability

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Climate fiction, or cli-fi, is a form of literature that features a changed/changing climate or global warming as part of the character, setting, or plot of a novel or short story. Join this webinar for an overview of this emerging genre and to address the question: How can fiction help to stimulate new thinking and conversations about our planetary predicament?

A broad overview will be provided of environmental, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, solarpunk, hopepunk, graphic novels and climate fiction, which are all swiftly changing as writers respond to the climate crisis and as climate impacts (fires, floods, storms, sea-level rise) become observable in our real lives. We focus on the qualities of teachable novels, and support design of assignments, courses, campus book clubs, or whatever application works on your campus. The course is relevant for faculty in all academic disciplines, as well as counselors, librarians, and sustainability coordinators interested in engaging with students and faculty.

This free webinar will serve as the first session of the 2024 “Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education“. This webinar and the book club is open to anyone in higher education in any disciplines and position types: faculty, counselors, student affairs, librarians, staff and administrators, etc.

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Krista Hiser, Professor, Kapi’olani Community College

Your host is Krista Hiser, an English professor who facilitates the AASHE “Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education” (see 2021, 2022 and 2023 archives), authors the blog, “Ultimate Cli Fi Book Club” and has been an obsessive reader of post-apocalyptic and climate themed fiction for many years. 

 She published an essay in 2010 called Pedagogy of the Apocalypse, and she was recently featured on Episode 51 of Citizens Climate Radio “Art and Identity in a Time of Climate Change”. She is interested in how fiction can help students visualize sustainability solutions and the issues and impacts of our climate predicament.