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  Session: Climate Change
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Connecting Racism, Climate Change, and Justice with a Teach-in
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 12:10PM
  Author: Madeleine E. Msall, Bowdoin College
207-725-3818, mmsall@bowdoin.edu
  Co-Author(s): Mark Battle
  Abstract: Strong student activism on our campus calls for divestment from fossil fuels and for broader engagement in the fight against racism. In response, a faculty and student coalition named Intersections: People, Planet and Power proposed a day long Teach-in that would use campus expertise to explore the intersections of these issues. As physicists working on a general education course, Energy, Physics and Technology, we joined students and colleagues from all college divisions on the core leadership team. This was a unique opportunity to engage deeply with issues across the college and to develop interdisciplinary partnerships. Our focus was an educational conversation promoting awareness of structural inequity, the impacts of climate change, and the connections between these threats. We will report on our success in promoting campus-wide dialogue, the many lessons learned and the patience required to make that dialogue inclusive and substantial.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT.pdf

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