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Communicating climate change: The power of visual storytelling

When: Monday, September 24, 2018
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Where: 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $10-20

Contact: Chicago Council on Global Affairs   (312) 726-3860

Group: Trienens Institute

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Climate change has commanded global attention for decades – but critical solutions at scale have yet to be implemented. While policy and protest continue to dominate the dialogue, photographers and documentarians have witnessed the extraordinary effects of climate change on the front lines. From narratives on climate aggregators in the world’s largest cities, to sweeping aerial shots of storm ravaged towns, visual storytelling has a profound ability to affect the way we view climate change. Can visual arts cut through the politics and rhetoric to engage the public and galvanize action on one of the most complex and pressing issues of our time?


Larry C. Price
Photographer, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Larry C. Price, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, has documented civil wars and climate change for over 35 years. He is currently partnered with the Pulitzer Center in Washington, DC to produce multi-year projects on child labor and global pollution. Price began his career working at metropolitan newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. While at the Star Telegram, he covered the Liberian coup d’état in 1980 and subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize for his work after which he documented the civil wars in El Salvador and Angola in 1985 and won a second Pulitzer Prize. Price received a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin

George Steinmetz

George Steinmetz has traversed the globe to document environmental disasters and isolated regions of the world. Steinmetz recently worked on “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” published by the New York Times Magazine which documented the plights of climate change on urban areas across the globe. He is known for producing aerial landscapes through the use of a lightweight paragliding apparatus. Steinmetz has worked closely with National Geographic collaborating on over 20 articles and three covers since 1987. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Smithsonian, TIME, and the New York Times Magazine. He holds a BS in Geophysics from Stanford University.

Karen Weigert
Senior Fellow, Global Cities

Karen Weigert is a senior fellow for global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously served as chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago. In this role Weigert worked to guide the city’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the city. Weigert has also held a number of private sector roles, including senior vice president at ShoreBank, as a strategy consultant at McKinsey, and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Jon Sawyer
Founding Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Jon Sawyer is executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs and also supports a broad range of educational initiatives. Sawyer became the center's founding director after a 31-year career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he was the Post Dispatch Washington bureau chief from 1993 through 2005. He holds a BA degree from Yale University.


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