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Feeling Climate Uncertainty

  • Learn how to embrace uncertainty. What emotions relate to climate change?
  • How can emotions hinder and/or bolster sustainability efforts?
  • What novel artistic tools and processes can be used to connect with and resolve emotional responses to climate change?
  • How can we integrate other ways of knowing with traditional academic disciplinary knowledge?

Why are we so challenged by uncertainty?

We will investigate the critical role emotions play in socio-cultural responses (or lack of response) to climate change (and its intersecting social challenges). Together we will engage different knowledges, methods, and processes for accessing our emotions and honing our intuition and intellect- from art to qualitative and quantitative mixed methods and beyond. Students will then be able to collaborate on a culminating impact project of their inquiry-based design. It could be a public performance/art exhibit, a data collection/analysis white paper or prototyping their own novel system.


  • Collaborations TBA

Impact Outcomes

All students will have the opportunity to perform/or capture data as participants in a public art project addressing the climate crisis and its intersections with racial justice and the global pandemic.

Enrollment Information

Spring 2021

Course time/location: Wednesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (location TBA)

Lab time/location: Wednesdays 12:15 – 1:30pm (location TBA)*

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and 598
  • Art ART 494 and 598
  • School of Sustainability SOS 498 and 594
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times. Sign up today!

Instructional Team

Faculty: Adriene Jenik Art and Science School of Art Feeling Climate Uncertainty Spring 2021
Faculty: Scott Cloutier Sustainability in Urban Development School of Sustainability Feeling Climate Uncertainty Spring 2021
Librarian: Rene Tanner Humanities Division Associate Liaison Librarian Feeling Climate Uncertainty Spring 2021