HDS The Climate of Now

Join Harvard Divinity School on Mondays, from 7 to 8:30 pm ET, for The Climate of Now, a ten-week series of online conversations with poets, writers, public servants, theologians, biologists, scholars, and activists who are engaged in the spiritual reckoning and awakening surrounding climate collapse, sacred land protection, and planetary health. Environmentalist, author, and HDS Writer-in-Residence Terry Tempest Williams will lead conversations concerning our response to climate chaos: How might we recast this as a time of meaning rather than despair? How do arts and activism combine to let us see possibility instead of pessimism? Where do we find the strength to fully face all that is breaking our hearts?

Over cups of tea, these informal conversations will be followed by live Q&A sessions led by Harvard faculty, who will expand on audience questions and collaborative thinking.

October 25
The Climate of Grief
Victoria Chang,
 poet

Victoria Chang writes in her New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Obit, “I always knew that grief was something I could smell. But I didn’t know that it’s not actually a noun but a verb. That it moves.” After the deaths of her parents, she refused to write elegies; instead, Chang wrote poetic obituaries of the beautiful, broken world that surrounds her (many see them as love letters). How does poetry illuminate this time of uncertainty? How do we embrace grief and not look away from all that is breaking our hearts? What we thought was a pause is now a place, and grief is part of this place. 
Respondent: Jorie Graham, Poet, Harvard English Department

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Registration is free but required to participate. Visit the HDS website for more information about the Weather Reports series and speaker lineup.

Please contact rpl@hds.harvard.edu with questions about the Weather Reports series. 

This series is a Constellation Project in partnership with the Center of the Study of World ReligionsReligion and Public Life, and the Planetary Health Alliance.