A Brown Arts Initiative Symposium on Arts & Environment 
April 5-6, 2018
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Brown University

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The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI)  is pleased to host its second public symposium bringing together thought leaders from a diversity of disciplines to address contemporary challenges through creative problem solving, collaborative experimentation and scholarship.

Polar Opposites: Creative Interventions in the Arctic and Antarctica convenes an exceptional group of artists, scientists, musicians, activists, researchers and scholars to address issues impacting the polar regions. Part of the BAI’s three-year theme on Arts & Environment, Polar Opposites explores topics that raise awareness of and imaginatively address the impact of climate change on our world.

The lineup includes a keynote by David Buckland and the following two panels:

Knowing Ice
Interdisciplinary and visual artists and a scientist discuss the connections between art and science regarding practices, disciplines and representation relating to the polar regions.

Art, Polarities and Politics
A playwright, arts advocate, and Arctic researcher discuss the intersections of politics, economics and policies in ways that address the changing polar environments, the shifting nature of custodianship and how artists are bringing attention to issues affecting the poles.

For more information on the speakers, please see our keynote speaker and panelists pages.

The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) seeks to cultivate creative expression and foster an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from each another, and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields from across the campus and around the world. Taking full advantage of the University's open curriculum, the BAI builds on Brown's reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory and practice, with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation. 

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Weather Proof: Arts, Humanities and Sciences Explore the Environment
Polar Opposites is part of a larger investigation of environment-related topics at Brown University during Spring 2018. A cluster of cross-disciplinary programming, WeatherProof involves the David Winton Bell GalleryCogut Institute for the HumanitiesInstitute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), and John Carter Brown Library, in addition to the BAI. For more information about this integrated suite of events, which are open to the public, go here

This symposium is sponsored by Poseidon Expeditions, with additional support from the Lucy Commoner ’72 Endowed Collaboration Fund; Jill Furman ’90 Endowed Director’s Innovation Fund; and Office of the President.