Why Must We More Creatively Imagine Our Climate Futures? | Terry Harpold | TEDxUF

Terry Harpold, Ph.D, describes works of art, myth, and fiction that open us to the vital connectivity between our observations of the natural world and the products of our creative imagination. Our responses to climate crisis in the coming century, he proposes, must go beyond practical solutions, however essential they will be. We must also embrace vital connectivity and its recreation of new and lasting meaning in a world in crisis.” Dr. Terry Harpold completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook – English BA – followed by a year abroad, studying philosophy and literary theory in Paris. Graduate school (PhD) in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He began teaching at the University of Florida in late 2000, where his teaching and research have been primarily in new media theory, digital humanities, science fiction, climate studies, and environmental humanities. He’s been nominated five times for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mentoring and Teaching Awards, and was a winner of the CLAS Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and 2020. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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