Wege Speaker Series featuring Sarah Jaquette Ray



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27th Wege Speaker Series

Sarah Jaquette Ray

Sarah Jaquette RayHow to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet:
A Toolkit for Climate Justice

April 24, 2024 / 4 - 5:30 pm / Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray is an author, professor and the chair of environmental studies at California State Polytechnic, Humboldt. An environmental humanist with a BA in Religious Studies, an MA in American Studies, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy, Dr. Ray draws on an eclectic range of disciplines in the service of climate justice.

Based on insights from her book, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet (California, 2020), Dr. Ray will talk about the role of mindsets and emotions in leveraging political change for climate justice. Using neuroscience, social psychology and social movements, Ray will outline strategies for living with anxiety, grief and despair, but also -- and crucially -- engaging with joy, self-determination and pleasure.

Ray has published on emotions and the climate movement in the LA Times, Scientific American, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Edge Effects, KCET and Zocalo Public Square. She is also a certified mindfulness facilitator through the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center.