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Centre will examine climate change

Centre will examine climate change
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A & E Editor

Combining a variety of climate-change related events into one series, “Climate Change: Film, Fact, and Fantasy” is coming to The Centre for Engaged Inclusion and the Black Box Theatre (GB 168) for a week.

It will start on Monday, Jan. 23 and run until Saturday, Jan. 28.

Richard Monroe, who came up with the idea of the event, said he is excited about the opportunity for students to hear so much about the important issue in such a welcoming environment.

“Climate change is a really important issue,” Monroe said. “I don’t think there could be a more important issue in my mind … Regardless of the conclusions people come to, it’s important to know the science behind it.”

The series will include a couple of films, opportunities to discuss the issue, and theatrical performances by LCC alumnus Scott Crandall.

Meg Elias will lead the main talk Monday, Jan. 23 at noon. Crandall will allow time to discuss climate change and his performance on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

Elias said she is excited to talk about scientific literacy during the event.

“It’s so difficult, sometimes, to tell the difference between scientific research and biased interpretation,” Elias said.

“That is especially true, I think, when discussing issues surrounding climate change.”

Crandall will perform his original piece, “Visions for the End of the World,” on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m., as well as on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.

He describes his performance as a poetic set of visions from a prophet that look at the end of the world from “a kind of emotional, imaginative standpoint.” Crandall added the theme of the series is important to think about and discuss.

“I think a lot of people are scared about climate change and about collapse,” Crandall said. “Those (fears) are worth facing, acknowledging, and assessing; both for our own well-being and for our ability to come together as a society and face these challenges.”

For more information, call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to

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