Marfa Dialogues

Marfa Dialogues 2012

David Buckland, Hamilton Fish, Cynthia Hopkins, Diana Liverman, John Nielsen-Gammon, Michael Pollan, Robert Potts, Tom Rand, Rebecca Solnit, Bonnie J. Warnock

31 August - 2 September 2012

Listen to the Marfa Dialogues panels and conversations as they’re broadcast live on Marfa Public Radio at 93.5 FM and via their online stream.

Ballroom Marfa, in conjunction with the Washington Spectator, The Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa Public Radio and Marfa Book Company, is excited to announce the second biennial Marfa Dialogues, a three-day symposium that includes conversations around climate change and sustainability with artists, performers, writers, scientists and entrepreneurs — among them Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Rebecca Solnit, the distinguished critic and author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost and A Paradise Built in Hell. Other featured participants include David Buckland, Hamilton Fish, Cynthia Hopkins, Diana Liverman, John Nielsen-Gammon, Robert Potts, Tom Rand and Bonnie J. Warnock.

The 2012 Marfa Dialogues begins Friday, August 31 with the opening of Carbon 13, Ballroom Marfa’s fall 2012 exhibition presenting newly commissioned works by artists that propose a creative response to climate change. Curated by David Buckland, Founder and Director of Cape Farewell, Carbon 13 features eight international artists who have ventured alongside scientists to some of the world’s geographic tipping points, places profoundly stressed by our warming planet, and whose work aims to stimulate a wider engagement with the climate debate.

We will kickstart our symposium Saturday, September 1, following FarmStand Marfa (the weekly regional farmers’ market) and the annual town-wide Marfa Lights Festival Parade. Join us Saturday afternoon at the Crowley Theater for a thought-provoking conversation about art and activism with Carbon 13 artists, moderated by Rebecca Solnit. The next discussion will look at the ecological challenges facing the Southwest with leading environmental expert Diana Liverman and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon. On Sunday morning, guests are invited to engage with the West Texas landscape on a guided nature walk led by Bonnie J. Warnock, chair of the Department of Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross University. Sunday continues with two events at the Marfa Book Company — a reading by Rebecca Solnit and a presentation by Tom Rand, a Cleantech investor and expert on carbon mitigation. The weekend concludes with a performance by New York-based artist Cynthia Hopkins of This Clement World, a musical that sails through the burning ice and myths of the high arctic.

With the Marfa Dialogues and Carbon 13, Ballroom Marfa continues its ambitious mission of presenting art as a transforming media capable of addressing the most pressing issues of our time. By underlining the power of artistic engagement to communicate, on a human scale, the urgency of global climate change, the event hopes to inspire and envision the cultural shift required to build a sustainable society.

All weekend events are free and open to the public. Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


5:30 pm: Marfa Lights Festival parade
6-8 pm: Carbon 13 Opening at Ballroom Marfa
8-10 pm: Community dinner at the Capri

9:30 am: FarmStand Marfa
1 pm: Discussion: Art and Environmental Activism, moderated by Rebecca Solnit at the Crowley Theater
3 pm: Discussion: Climate Change and Adaptation, with Diana Liverman and John Nielsen-Gammon at the Crowley Theater
6 pm: Michael Pollan in conversation with Hamilton Fish at the Crowley Theater, co-presented with The Dixon Water Foundation

7-8:30 am: Sunrise at Chinati Foundation
9-11 am: Brunch and guided nature walk on Mimms Ranch with Robert Potts and Bonnie J. Warnock
1 pm: Reading by Rebecca Solnit at Marfa Book Company
3.30 pm: Presentation by Tom Rand at Marfa Book Company
8 pm: Performance of This Clement World by Cynthia Hopkins at the Crowley Theater

Listen to these conversations as they’re broadcast live on Marfa Public Radio at 93.5 FM and via their online stream.


David Buckland
Since 2001 David Buckland has created and now directs the Cape Farewell Project, bringing artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. The artists have already been the subject of a film for The Culture Show and a BBC documentary. The art resulting form these fruitful journeys has been shown at the National History Museum, London, The Liverpool Biennial and the Sage Gateshead, Newcastle. David is a designer, artist and filmmaker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris, and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles amongst others.

Hamilton Fish
Hamilton Fish is a publisher, social entrepreneur, environmental advocate and film producer in New York City. Fish first partnered with Ballroom Marfa in 2010 to create the inaugural Marfa Dialogues focused on issues relating to the border. He is currently the President of the Public Concern Foundation and publisher of the twice-monthly independent political periodical, The Washington Spectator, edited by Lou Dubose. Fish is also the producer of two of the epic films of Marcel Ophuls, The Memory of Justice and the Academy Award-winning Hotel Terminus, and is currently working on a film about the last Holocaust prosecutions, titled The End of Living Memory. Fish serves as President of the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library in Garrison, New York, and is on the boards of Riverkeeper, the Hudson River and clean water advocates, where he is currently helping to lead a campaign to close the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant; the Gomez Foundation, which maintains and develops the Gomez Mill House in Marlboro, New York, the earliest known Jewish Homestead in North America; the Merchant Ivory Foundation, which preserves the archive of the work of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory and develops new independent film and cultural projects; and the Fund for Constitutional Government, which develops and sustains organizations that protect and reinforce basic constitutional principles.

Cynthia Hopkins
Cynthia Hopkins will perform the closing night of the Marfa Dialogues and as part of the exhibition Carbon 13. Hopkins is a writer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. Her mission is to investigate new forms of theatrical communication, which provoke emotion, stimulate the senses and enliven the mind. Her unique multimedia theater performance extravaganzas are as philosophical as they are entertaining, as intellectually challenging as they are viscerally emotional, as deeply comical as they are tragic, and as historically aware as they are immediately engaging. As such they obscure the distinction between edification and entertainment. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco with whom she has created four full-length multimedia performance works. Hopkins is currently at work on the creation of This Clement World, addressing the climate crisis.

Diana Liverman
Professor Diana Liverman is based in Tucson, Arizona, an Oxford Fellow and co-director of University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment. Liverman’s main research interests include climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation especially in the developing world. She has been an active member of national and international advisory committees on global change and is a current member of the new National Academy of Sciences Committee on America’s Climate Choices, which is advising the US government on responses to climate change. Her most recent publication, Informing Adaptation, argues for streamlining and adapting information delivery about environmental change in an effort to reach as broad a base as possible.

John Nielsen-Gammon
John W. Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D., is a regents professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University and serves as the Texas State Climatologist. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1991 and was appointed Texas State Climatologist by then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000. He has served as acting executive associate dean for the College of Geosciences, chair of the American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education and president of the International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s research involves such topics as jet streams, heavy rain, sea breezes, air pollution, data assimilation, climate data quality and drought monitoring and forecasting. He teaches courses in weather analysis, weather forecasting, atmospheric dynamics and climatology, and he blogs about weather and climate at

Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan is an award winning author, journalist and activist. A graduate of Bennington College and Columbia University, he is a professor of journalism at UC Berkley. Pollan’s groundbreaking book, The Omnivore’s Dilema was named one of the five best non-fiction books of 2006 by the New York Times and Pollan was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for best food writing in 2007. An advocate for a diet built upon locally sourced food, Pollan’s writing examines the multi-faceted relationship between humans, nature and food through the ages. His 2009 In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual was recently republished as an illustrated edition featuring paintings by Maira Kalman.

Robert Potts
Robert J. Potts is President and CEO of the Dixon Water Foundation, a private foundation supporting sustainable watershed management. From 2004 through the summer of 2007, Potts was the General Manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, a regional regulatory agency created by the Texas Legislature to manage, enhance and protect the Edwards Aquifer, which spans eight counties in south central Texas, serves as the primary water source for more than one and a half million people and supports numerous springs in the area, including the two largest springs west of the Mississippi River. From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Potts worked at the Nature Conservancy where he held several positions including State Director of Texas and Vice President for the South Central Division, managing the conservation work in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Mr. Potts previously practiced law with the firm of Baker and Botts in Houston where he focused on international and corporate issues. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University in 1984 and a B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1980.

Tom Rand
Tom Rand is a global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy. A green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, public speaker, and author, Rand’s ambition is help bring clean technology to life. Offering a perspective that is both pragmatic and optimistic, Rand’s bare-knuckled approach is straight-forward, while balancing the economic, political, scientific and technological sides of this important topic. Currently Rand is the Cleantech Lead Advisor at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, Canada where he helps the next generation of clean tech companies grow to global leadership. As well, Rand is the founder and director of Vci Green Funds, a seed and venture capital fund in the low-carbon sector; is managing director of the newly established MaRS Cleantech Fund I L.P.; is co-developer of Planet Traveler, “the greenest hotel in North America;” and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of Cleantech companies.

Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco based writer known for her diverse areas of expertise and advocacy of environmental and human rights causes. Though impossible to nail down in one specific genre, her work has ranged from personal essays and travel guides to art and political critique. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003 for River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. Her latest book, Infinite City, is a whimsical and visually stirring history of the San Francisco Bay. Solnit has also written extensively about contemporary land battles between indigenous peoples and the US government, the triumph of community in the wake of ecological disasters, and the metaphorical merits of walking. “A lot of people think of political activism as some grim duty,” Solnit says, “and I think we do have an obligation to be citizens—to be informed and engaged—but it’s not just duty. Public life enlarges you, gives you purpose and context, saves you from drowning in the purely personal, as so many Americans seem to.”

Bonnie J. Warnock
Bonnie Warnock has been an Associate Professor at Sul Ross State University since 2001. Her area of focus is Range Science classes in the Department of Natural Resource Management, where she currently serves as chair of the department. She is a co-advisor for the nationally recognized Range and Wildlife Club at SRSU and has an active research program with projects focusing in restoration, plant ecology and fire ecology. Warnock grew up on a ranch in the Trans-Pecos, where her family has ranched since the 1890s. It was through that experience as a young child that she developed a passion for the ranching industry, nature and the outdoors. She has a B.S. in Range Science from Sul Ross State University, an M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Sul Ross State University and Ph.D. in Soil Science with an Emphasis in Restoration from Texas A&M.

For more information, visit us at: Twitter/MarfaDialogues and

    With help from Marfa Recording Company, we recorded the following 2012 Marfa Dialogues panels:

    Discussion: Art and Environmental Activism, moderated by Rebecca Solnit at the Crowley Theater, featuring artists Adrian Colburn, Amy Balkin and David Buckland (September 1, 2012, 1 pm)

    Discussion: Climate Change and Adaptation, with Diana Liverman and John Nielsen-Gammon at the Crowley Theater (September 1, 2012, 3 pm)

    Michael Pollan in conversation with Hamilton Fish at the Crowley Theater, co-presented with The Dixon Water Foundation (September 1, 2012, 6 pm)

    Reading by Rebecca Solnit at Marfa Book Company (September 2, 2012, 1 pm)

    Presentation by Tom Rand at Marfa Book Company (September 2, 2012, 3:30 pm)

    Listen to the Marfa Public Radio interviews with the Marfa Dialogues participants:

    Michael Pollan, who has written books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment.

    Rebecca Solnit, the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, ecology, and politics, including Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

    Hamilton Fish, publisher of The Washington Spectator, and Fairfax Dorn, Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa.

    Cynthia Hopkins, who performed the work-in-progress This Clement World, which addresses the climate crisis.

    David Buckland, curator of the exhibition Carbon 13

    Christy MacLear, the Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, whose mission is to share with the world the creative and civic-minded spirit that exemplified Rauschenberg’s life.

    You can also watch video from the Marfa Dialogues, edited by Cory Lovell:

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    Read the press from the 2012 Marfa Dialogues:

    “Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Inaugural Grant Winners” by Brian Boucher, in Art in America, discussing the recipients of the Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant Program, including Ballroom Marfa for Carbon 13 and Marfa Dialogues.

    “Ballroom Marfa received AIC grant for Carbon 13” on Pinterest

    “Erica Blumenfeld and Rebecca Solnit featured in “Carbon 13” on Creative Capital

    “The Marfa Dialogues: a symposium on the politics and culture of climate & sustainability” in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 9, 2012)

    “Marfa Dialogues schedule and speakers set for Labor Day weekend” in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 16, 2012)

    Marfa Dialogues Event Preview in Tribeza (August 16, 2012)

    “Art for Change: Ballroom Marfa’s Carbon 13” blog post on 2Modern (August 21, 2012)

    “Texas state climatologist to speak at Marfa Dialogues” in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 23, 2012)

    “Ballroom Marfa’s education programming for Marfa Dialogues & Carbon 13” in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 30, 2012)

    Michael Pollan interview by Joe Nick Patoski in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 30, 2012)

    “Writer merges environment, activism, art, politics” about Rebecca Solnit in The Big Bend Sentinel (August 30, 2012)

    “Meal Times Aug.31-Sept.5” in The Austin Chronicle (August 30, 2012)

    “A Conversation with Hamilton Fish on The Marfa Dialogues: Politics and Culture of Climate and Sustainability” by Ellen Berkovitch on (August 31, 2012)

    “New and daring works by eight international artists on view at Ballroom Marfa” in (August 31, 2012)

    “Recommended: Carbon 13 & Marfa Dialogues” in Glasstire (August 30, 2012)

    Marfa Dialogues Event Preview in The New York Times (Texas Edition) (August 31, 2012)

    Tribeza, Kathy Blackwell and Farmhouse Delivery tweet about the Marfa Dialogues (August 2012)

    More coverage on Adobe Airstream, The Alpine Avalanche, Cultura 21, e-flux, Go San Angelo, Harmony Blog, I4U News, Make Art With Purpose, Mostly Marfa (written by Marfa local Mary Lou Saxon), Movie Balla, Queenli, Roadrunner, Shelterholic, Sustainable Practice,, The University of Arizona and Wertical.

    Carbon 13 and the Marfa Dialogues are supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

    Additional support provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Dixon Water Foundation, the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston, the Public Concern Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Fredericka Hunter, with generous contributions by Ballroom Marfa members.

    Special thanks to Lalo Baeza, Hannah Bailey, Rocky Barnette, The Big Bend Sentinel, Jennifer Braham, Lesley Brown, Michael Camacho, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Jon Coleman, Sally Coleman, Rob Crowley, Jennifer Bell and Tim Crowley of the Crowley Theater, Sean Di Ianni, Hamilton Fish, Cuca Flores, Food Shark, David Gouge, Betty Gradeda, Ginger Griffice, Douglas Humble, Lynn Kimmel, Connie Lipsey, Susannah Lipsey, Cory Lovell, Marfa Book Company, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Rosa McElheny, Luis Nieto Dickens, Dustin Pevey, Robert Potts, Sam Schonzeit, Laura Shell, Dan Shiman, the Thunderbird Hotel, The Washington Spectator, Justin Waugh and John White.

    In-kind support provided by Lance Armstrong, David Egeland & Andrew Friedman, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Charles Mary Kubricht & Ron Sommers and Joe Williams of Big Bend Coffee Roasters.

    Escuchar a los paneles y conversaciones a medida que se transmitirá en vivo porMarfa Public Radio a 93.5 FM y en línea.

    Ballroom Marfa, junto con el Washington Spectator, The Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa Public Radio y Marfa Book Company, se complace en anunciar la segunda bienal de Marfa Dialogues, un simposio de tres días que incluye charlas en torno al cambio climático y la sostenibilidad y en los que contaremos con la presencia de artistas, performers, escritores, científicos y empresarios – entre ellos Michael Pollan, autor de Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, y Rebecca Solnit, distinguida crítica y autora de A Field Guide to Getting Lost y A Paradise Built in Hell. Otros participantes destacados serán David Buckland, Hamilton Fish, Hopkins Cynthia, Liverman Diana, John Nielsen-Gammon, Robert Potts, Rand Tom y Bonnie J. Warnock.

    Marfa Dialogues 2012 comienza el viernes, 31 de agosto con la inauguración de Carbon 13, la exposición de Ballroom Marfa para el otoño 2012 que presenta trabajos recientes de artistas que proponen una respuesta creativa al cambio climático. Comisariada por David Buckland, fundador y director de Cape Farewell, en Carbon 13 intervienen ocho artistas internacionales que acompañados de científicos se han aventurado hacia algunos de los puntos de inflexión geográficos, lugares donde el calentamiento global destaca profundamente. El trabajo de estos creadores tiene como objetivo estimular un compromiso más amplio con el debate sobre el clima.

    Empezaremos nuestro simposio el sábado, 1 de septiembre, después de FarmStand Marfa (mercado de granjeros regionales) y la fiesta anual de la ciudad Marfa Lights Festival Parade. Únete a nosotros la tarde del sábado en el Teatro Crowley para charlar y reflexionar sobre el arte y el activismo con los artistas participantes en Carbon 13, en un debate moderado por Rebecca Solnit. El siguiente encuentro tratará sobre los desafíos ecológicos a los que se enfrenta el suroeste con expertos en medio ambiente como Diana Liverman y climatólogo del estado de Texas John Nielsen-Gammon. El domingo por la mañana, los participantes están invitados a disfrutar del paisaje del oeste de Texas con un paseo por la naturaleza guiado por Bonnie J. Warnock, directora del Departamento de Dirección de Recursos Naturales de la Universidad de Sul Ross. El domingo continúa con dos eventos en Marfa Book Company – una lectura por Rebecca Solnit y una presentación a cargo de Tom Rand, un inversor Cleantech y experto en mitigación de carbono. El fin de semana concluye con una actuación de la artista neoyorkina Cynthia Hopkins de This Clement World, un musical a caballo entre el hielo quemado y los mitos del ártico.

    Con Marfa Dialogues y Carbon 13, Ballroom Marfa continúa su ambiciosa misión de presentar el arte como un medio de transformación capaz de hacer frente a los problemas más acuciantes de nuestro tiempo. Al subrayar el poder del compromiso artístico para comunicar, a escala humana, la urgencia del cambio climático global, el evento espera inspirar y promover el cambio cultural necesario para construir una sociedad sostenible.

    Todos los eventos son gratis y abiertos al público. Los asientos son de admisión general y disponibles hasta completar el aforo.



    Viernes, 31 de agosto 2012 5:30 pm: Marfa Lights Festival desfile 6-8 pm: Inauguración de Carbono 13 en Ballroom Marfa 8.10 pm: Cena comunitaria en el Capri

    Sábado, 01 de septiembre 2012 9:30 am: Farmstand Marfa 1 pm: Debate: Arte y Activismo Ambiental, moderado por Rebecca Solnit en el Teatro Crowley 3 pm: Debate: El cambio climático y la adaptación, con Diana Liverman y John Nielsen-Gammon, en el Teatro Crowley 6 pm: Michael Pollan en conversación con Hamilton Fish en el Teatro Crowley, co-presentado por The Dixon Water Foundation

    Domingo, 02 de septiembre 2012 7-8:30 am: Amanecer en Chinati Foundation 11.09 horas: Almuerzo y paseo por la naturaleza guiada por Mimms Ranch con Robert Potts y Bonnie J. Warnock 1 pm: Lectura por Rebecca Solnit en Marfa Book Company 3.30 pm: Presentación a cargo de Tom Rand en Marfa Book Company 8 pm: Performance of This World Clemente por Cynthia Hopkins en el Teatro Crowley

    Estos debates serán retransmitidos en directo gracias a Marfa Public Radio a través de la 93.5 FM


    David Buckland Desde 2001 David Buckland ha creado y dirige Cape Farewell Project, invitando a artistas, científicos y educadores a abordar de forma colectiva y crear conciencia sobre el cambio climático. Los artistas han sido ya protagonistas de una película para The Culture Show y un documental de la BBC. Los resultados de estas fructíferas jornadas han sido expuestos en el Museo de Historia Nacional de Londres, la Bienal de Liverpool y el Sage Gateshead, en Newcastle. David es un diseñador, artista y director de cine cuyos trabajos han sido objeto de exposición en numerosas galerías de Londres, París y Nueva York, y pertenecen a colecciones tales como la National Portrait Gallery de Londres, el Centro Georges Pompidou de París, el Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York y la Colección Getty, Los Angeles, entre otros.

    Hamilton Fish Hamilton Fish es un editor, empresario social, defensor del medio ambiente y productor de cine en Nueva York. Fish se asoció por primera vez con Ballroom Marfa en 2010 para crear la primera edición de Marfa Dialogues que se centraron en temas relacionados con la frontera. En la actualidad es presidente de la Public Concern Foundation y editor de la revista bimensual independiente sobre política, The Spectator Washington, editada por Lou Dubose. Fish es también el productor de dos de las películas épicas de Marcel Ophuls, The Memory of Justice y la ganadora del Oscar Hotel Terminus, y actualmente está trabajando en una película sobre los últimos juicios del Holocausto, titulada The End of Living Memory. Fish ejerce además como presidente de la Desmond Alice Curtis y la Biblioteca Hamilton Fish en Garrison, Nueva York, y está en los consejos de administración de Riverkeeper, el Hudson River y los defensores del agua limpia, donde se encuentra actualmente ayudando a liderar una campaña para cerrar la planta nuclear de Indian Point. Además pertenece a la Gomez Foundation que mantiene y desarrolla la Gomez Mill House en Marlboro, Nueva York; al Homestead judío más antiguo y conocido en América del Norte, al Merchant Ivory Foundation, que conserva el archivo de la obra de Ismail Merchant y James Ivory . Asimismo rueda una nueva película independiente y lleva a cabo proyectos culturales en el Fund for Constitutional Government, que desarrolla y sustenta a las organizaciones que protegen y refuerzan los principios constitucionales básicos.

    Cynthia Hopkins Cynthia Hopkins llevará a cabo la clausura de los Marfa Dialogues como parte de la exposición de Carbono 13. Hopkins es una escritora, compositora, intérprete, multi-instrumentista y artista de teatro. Su misión es investigar nuevas formas de comunicación teatral, que provoquen emociones, estimulen los sentidos y aviven la mente. Sus extravagancias multimedia en teatro son únicas, filosóficas, entretenidas, intelectualmente desafiantes, visceralmente emocionales, tan profundamente cómicas como trágicas, e históricamente tan reales que se hacen inmediatamente atractivas. Como tales, oculta la distinción entre la edificación y el entretenimiento. Ella es la co-directora fundadora artística de la compañía Accinosco con quien ha creado cuatro obras multimedia de larga duración. Hopkins está actualmente trabajando en la creación de This Clement World, haciendo frente a la crisis climática.

    Diana Liverman La profesora Diana Liverman tiene su base en Tucson, Arizona, es miembro de Oxford y co-directora del Instituto de Medio Ambiente de la Universidad de Arizona. Sus principales intereses se centran en la investigación de los efectos climáticos, su vulnerabilidad y adaptación, y la política de mitigación del clima

    especialmente en los países en vías de desarrollo. Ella ha sido un miembro activo de los comités nacionales e internacionales sobre el cambio global y es miembro actualmente de la nueva National Academy of Sciences Committee on America’s Climate Choices, que está asesorando al gobierno de los EEUU sobre las respuestas al cambio climático. Su publicación más reciente, Informing Adaptation, se posiciona a favor de la racionalización y adaptación en la entrega de información sobre el cambio del medio ambiente, en un esfuerzo por llegar de manera masiva a la sociedad.

    John Nielsen-Gammon John W. Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D., es profesor en el Departamento de Ciencias Atmosféricas de la Universidad de Texas A & M University y ejerce como climatólogo del estado de Texas. Posee un doctorado del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts. Se unió a la facultad en la Texas A & M University en 1991 y fue nombrado climatólogo del estado de Texas por el entonces gobernador George W. Bush en 2000. Ha sido decano asociado ejecutivo en funciones de la College of Geosciences, presidente de la American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education y presidente de la International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology. Es miembro de la Sociedad Americana de Meteorología. La investigación del Dr. Nielsen-Gammon incluye temas tales como las corrientes en chorro, fuertes lluvias, las brisas marinas, la contaminación del aire, la asimilación de datos, calidad de datos climáticos y vigilancia de la sequía y las previsiones. Imparte cursos de análisis meteorológico, pronóstico del tiempo, la dinámica de la atmósfera y la climatología, y blogea acerca del tiempo y el clima en

    Michael Pollan Michael Pollan es un galardonado autor, periodista y activista. Graduado en la Universidad de Bennington y la Universidad de Columbia, es profesor de periodismo en la Universidad de California en Berkley. Su libro The Omnivore’s Dilema fue nombrado uno de los cinco mejores libros de no ficción de 2006 por el New York Times y Pollan fue galardonado con el Premio de la the James Beard Foundation por el mejor relato sobre alimentos en 2007. Es defensor de una dieta basada en alimentos de origen local. Sus relatos examinan la relación multifacética entre los seres humanos, la naturaleza y alimentos a través de los siglos. Su In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual de 2009 fue reeditado recientemente como una edición ilustrada por Maira Kalman.

    Robert Potts Robert J. Potts es el Presidente y CEO en la Dixon Water Foundation, una fundación privada que apoya la gestión sostenible de las cuencas. Desde el 2004 hasta el verano de 2007, Potts fue el director de la Edwards Aquifer Authority, un organismo regional creado por Texas Legislature para administrar, mejorar y proteger el Acuífero Edwards que abarca ocho condados en el centro sur de Texas y sirve como fuente principal de agua para más de un millón y medio de personas además de abastecer a numerosos manantiales de la zona, entre ellos los dos más grandes al oeste del río Mississippi. De 1993 a 2004, el Potts trabajó en la Nature Conservancy, donde ocupó varios cargos incluyendo Director Estatal de Texas y vicepresidente de la División Centro Sur realizando trabajos de conservación en México, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas y Louisiana. Potts ejerció anteriormente como abogado en la firma de Baker Botts en Houston, donde se centró en temas internacionales y corporativos. Obtuvo un Doctorado en Jurisprudencia de la Universidad de Columbia en 1984 y una licenciatura de la Universidad de Baylor en 1980.

    Tom Rand

    Tom Rand es un líder mundial de reconocida trayectoria y extraordinarios logros en la promoción de un consumo bajo en carbono. Un empresario verde, inversionista, asesor, orador y autor cuya meta es ayudar a ofrecer una tecnología limpia para la vida. Desde una perspectiva que es a la vez pragmática y optimista, el enfoque que Rand propone es sencillo al tiempo que equilibra las cuestiones económicas, políticas, científicas y tecnológicas sobre este importante tema. Actualmente Rand es el principal asesor en tecnología limpia en MaRS Discovery District en el centro de Toronto, Canadá, donde ayuda a la próxima generación de empresas de tecnología limpia a crecer como líderes mundiales. Además, Rand es el fundador y director de VCI Green Funds, el germen de un fondo de capital riesgo en el sector de las bajas emisiones de carbono. Asimismo es director general del recién creado Fondo MaRS Cleantech I LP, es co-

    desarrollador de Planet Traveler “, “the greenest hotel in North America;” y es miembro del Consejo de Administración de varias empresas de tecnología limpia.

    Rebecca Solnit Rebecca Solnit es una escritora con base en San Francisco y conocida por ser experta en diversas áreas de conocimiento y por su defensa de causas ambientales y de derechos humanos. Aunque es imposible de concretar una especialidad en particular, su trabajo abarca desde ensayos personales y guías de viaje así como el arte y la crítica política. En 2003 ganó el National Book Critics Circle Award por el River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. Su último libro, Infinite City, es una historia caprichosa y visualmente revuelta de la Bahía de San Francisco. Solnit también ha escrito extensamente acerca de batallas contemporáneas entre los pueblos indígenas y el gobierno de EE.UU, el triunfo de la comunidad a raíz de los desastres ecológicos, y los beneficios metafóricos de caminar. “Mucha gente piensa en el activismo político como un deber sombrío”, dice Solnit “y creo que tenemos la obligación como ciudadanos de ser informados y comprometidos, pero no es sólo un deber. La vida pública te da la dimensión, el propósito y el contexto, te salva de centrarte en lo puramente personal, como muchos estadounidenses hacen “.

    Bonnie J. Warnock Bonnie Warnock ha sido profesora adjunta en la Universidad Estatal de Sul Ross desde 2001. Su área de interés es la Range Science en el Departamento de Gestión de Recursos Naturales, donde actualmente desempeña su trabajo como jefa de departamento. Ella es co-asesora del reconocido Club Range and Wildlife Club at SRSU y dirige un programa de investigación con proyectos centrados en ecología vegetal, restauración y fuego ecológico. Warnock se crió en un rancho en el Trans-Pecos, donde su familia eran rancheros desde 1890. Fue a través de esa experiencia en su infancia que ella desarrolló una pasión por la industria ganadera, la naturaleza y el aire libre. Bonnie tiene un B.S. en Ciencias por la Sul Ross State University, una maestría en Manejo de Pastizales y Vida Silvestre de Sul Ross State University y doctorado en la Ciencia del Suelo con especialidad en la restauración de la Texas A & M.

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