Christina Gerhardt presents Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean, in conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

September 7th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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This immersive portal to islands around the world highlights the impacts of sea level rise and shimmers with hopeful solutions to combat it.

"A stunning atlas of the present and future."—Rebecca Solnit, author of Infinite Cities: A Trilogy of Atlases—San Francisco, New Orleans, New York

"An impassioned plea to save what remains of these remarkable island communities."—Booklist, starred review

Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world's coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—"We are not drowning! We are fighting!"—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor and Founder of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and Senior Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Previously, she was the Barron Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. She has been awarded fellowships by the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library and the Rachel Carson Center. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the Free University Berlin, Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley, where she previously taught. She is also an environmental journalist and has been published in Grist, The American Prospect, The Nation, The Progressive, Sierra and the Washington Monthly. Her most recent book is Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean, published by University of California Press.



Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose books include Island People, Names of New York, and, with Rebecca Solnit, Nonstop Metropolis. His work appears regularly in the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, among many other publications. He teaches at NYU, and is Director of Publishing at Pioneer Works.




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