Octorber 23rd – University of Iceland Reykjavík

Democracy and Climate Change: Past Failures, Present Opportunities, Future Threats

A confernece moderated by professor Jón Ólafsson with lectures by Frederic Hanusch and Christian Parenti.

Frederic Hanusch did his Dr. phil. as part of the research group “Democracy and Climate Change” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI). He worked from 2013-2016 at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and has since 2016 been a part of the project “Futurisation of Politics” at the IASS, the Institute for Advances Sustainability Studies at Potsdam. His research is focused on a combination of democracy research, global change research and the study of time. His most recent publication is Democracy and Climate Change (2017) published in the Routledge Global Cooperation Series.

Christian Parenti has a PhD in sociology (co-supervised in geography) from the London School of Economics and is a professor in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. His latest book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011), explores how climate change is already causing violence as it interacts with the legacies of economic neoliberalism and cold-war militarism. The book involved several years of travel and research in conflict zones of the Global South.

Christian’s current research focuses on the environmental history of state involvement in American economic development, from the earliest days of the republic onward. As a journalist, he has reported extensively from Afghanistan, Iraq, and various parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. His articles have appeared in Fortune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Middle East Report, London Review of Books, Mother Jones, and The Nation (where he is a contributing editor). He has also helped make several documentaries and has won numerous journalistic awards, including the 2009 Lange-Tailor Prize and “Best Magazine Writing 2008” from the Society for Professional Journalists. He also received a 2009 Emmy nomination for the documentary Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi.




May 27th – University of Iceland, Reykjavík

The Past, the Future. How Fast, How Far? Threats Facing the Climate System

Climate scientists Michael E. Mann, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University and the director of the Penn State University Earth System Science Center (ESSC), and Stefan Rahmstorf, Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, each present three different lectures on climate models, denial, extreme weather, sea-level rise and ocean current systems. More information…


May 27th – University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Humanities and Climate Change: Practicality, narratives and fuel

Karen Pinkus, professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell University, gives three short lectures in Háskólatorg on “The humanities and climate change: Against the practical”; “Climate change and narrative: Imaginative Failures, Possible Futures”; and “Thinking with Fuel”. More information…

March 1st – University of Iceland, Reykjavík

Hot future, cold war: Climate science and climate understanding

A conference moderated by Icelandic climatologist Halldór Björnsson with lectures by Gavin Schmidt, climatologist and director of NASA GISS, Erick Fernandes, an Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change at the World Bank, Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Erik Conway, professor at Caltech and co-author of Merchants of Doubts with Naomi Oreskes, as well as Guðni Elísson, director of the Earth101 project and professor at the University of Iceland. More information…

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February 27th – Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s art-house cinema

Action4Climate: Global Documentary Challenge Winners

Earth101, in further collaboration with Stockfish, European Film Festival in Reykjavik, presents the screening of prize-winning films from the Action4Climate project, a global documentary challenge, developed and supervised by the Connect4Climate campaign of the World Bank, followed by a panel discussion on the project and its results. More information…

February 26th – Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s art-house cinema

Merchants of Doubt: Screening and Q&A with Erik Conway

Earth101, in collaboration with Stockfish, European Film Festival in Reykjavik, presents the special screening of Robert Kennar’s shocking documentary Merchants of Doubt followed with a Q&A session with Professor Erik Conway, co-author, with Naomi Oreskes, of the famous book criticizing the deliberate production of misleading knowledge on climate change by stakeholders in the fossil fuel industry. More information…

February 25th – University of Iceland, Reykjavík

The Ostrich or the Phoenix?: Dissonance or creativity in a changing climate

A lecture by Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on the topic of confronting climate change. More information…

December 4th – University of Iceland


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Burning Questions & What is to be done? Defining the climate change problem.

Two lectures given by Mike Berners-Lee, the author of The Burning Question (2013) and How Bad Are Bananas (2010), leading expert in carbon-footprints and director of Small World Consulting at Lancaster University.

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April 7th – University of Iceland


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The Ocean – the future we want

A lecture given by Dan Laffoley the Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Global Marine and Polar Programme and also acts as Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas.

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October 5th –University of Iceland


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Climate Science and Climate Communication

The first Earth101 Click to enlarge.conference with lectures from Stefan Rahmstorf, oceanographer, climatologist and Department Head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Michael Mann, physicist, climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University; Kari Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Env. Studies at the University of Oregon and author of Living in DenialPeter Sinclair, author of “Climate Denial Crock of the Week”and Guðni Elísson the director of Earth101 and Professor in the department of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland.

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Further information on the lecturers and all the other brilliant guests of 2013.

You can also take a look at the 2013 Conference Handbook.

4th October – University of Iceland


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My Neighbor My Killer

A screening of Anne Aghion’s documentary My Neighbor My Killer on the people of Rwanda attempting to reconcile after the genocide. Aghion was present for a Q&A session afterwards.

7th September – University of Iceland



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The Psychology Behind the War on Environmental Science

A lecture given by Chris Mooney, U.S. journalist and writer who focuses on science in Politics. He is the author of The Republican Brain (2012), Storm World (2007), The Republican War on Science (2005) and co-author of Unscientific America with Sheril Kirshenbaum. Chris Mooney writes for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Salon and The Atlantic.