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|Date||Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm|
Jane Zelikova, co-founder of 500 Women Scientists and an award-winning filmmaker, will visit Meredith College April 3-4, 2018.
A screening of Zelikova’s film, The End of Snow, will be held on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Zelikova will talk about her career as a scientist, filmmaker, and activist in a public lecture on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. She will present a talk titled “Living at the Intersection of Climate Change Science, Feminism, and Activism.” A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the SMB Atrium.
In her talk, Zelikova will explain how a protest-averse climate change scientist became an activist, a leader of an unapologetically feminist movement of women in science, and a loud and outspoken voice for climate action.
“Being a force for good means sometimes stepping outside our labs, using our voices, and pushing for the change we want to see in the world,” Zelikova said. “There should be no conflict between doing great science and pushing for the scientific enterprise to be inclusive, open, and accessible. Stories, rooted in people, give us that language.”
Zelikova, a degree in ecology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado, has worked in ecosystems as varied as tropical forests and snow-covered mountains, all driven to understand how changes in climate affect ecological processes. After years of doing research, Zelikova headed to Washington, D.C., for an AAAS Science Policy Fellowship at the Department of Energy. At the same time, she founded a small production company, Hey Girl Productions, with two other women scientists, with the goal of bringing science and the amazing scientists behind it out of the shadows of obscurity into the mainstream. Most recently, she co-founded a grassroots organization called 500 Women Scientists, which has a mission to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
These events are free and open to the public. For Meredith students, these events qualify as academic/cultural events in General Education.
Sponsored by the Meredith College Environmental Sustainability Program, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies