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Jane da Mosto: Venice and Climate Change: Local Approaches to the Certainty of Global Uncertainties

Wednesday, November 30 at 5:15pm
Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University
Parking is available in the visitor parking lot located off Canal Road in the Southwest Quadrangle.
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In collaboration with the Italian Embassy of Washington DC. and the Italian Cultural Institute of the Embassy, The Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College  is pleased to sponsor Jane da Mosto, an environmental Scientist and co-founder of We are here Venice (WahV) who will speak on Venice – mirror on the world: a source of inspiration and a microcosm of many of the most important global challenges.

She will present a view of the historic city and the surrounding lagoon as a unified system, together with up-to-date insight into the main challenges faced by Venice and its population. Everything is interlinked, in terms of root causes of today’s problems as well as possible – and necessary – solutions.

By describing a number of current WahV projects, she will explain how addressing issues like mitigating the effects of the climate emergency and adaptation to sea level rise at the “laboratory scale” of Venice also serves to focus attention at the global level and can provide valuable, transferable experience for many other equally vulnerable places in the world.

Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with Prof. Randall Amster, Teaching Professor and Co-Director Environmental Studies at Georgetown University.

Jane da Mosto
Environmental Scientist
Co-founder of We are here Venice (WahV)

Jane da Mosto, MA University of Oxford, MSc Imperial College London) is an environmental scientist and activist based in Venice.  She is co-founder and executive director of We are here Venice (WahV), a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that Venice remains a living city. It operates as a multidisciplinary collective for research and a platform for activism.

Operating across many different disciplines, WahV has a mission to change the future of the city, highlighting the need to protect the lagoon and rebuild a more resilient resident population.  Jane’s books include The Science of Saving Venice (Umberto Allemandi, 2004), The Venice Report (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Acqua in Piazza (Linea d’acqua 2016). Contributions include “Making Time for Conversations of Resistance” in Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice (Spurbuch, M. Schalk et al, 2017), “Practicing Civic Ecology: Venice and the Lagoon” in Care and Repair (MIT Press, Angelika Fitz et al, 2019), “The Venice Paradox” in Aroop special edition on Failure (Raza Foundation, 2020).  Alongside WahV specific projects, Jane is active in the community and is President of Pan di Zenzero, a pedagogical project for early childhood. In 2017 she was honoured with the Osella d’Oro by the city of Venice and in 2021 she received the Fondazione Masi prize for “vision and courage.”

Randall J. Amster
Teaching Professor and Co-Director Environmental Studies
Georgetown University

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Co-Director and Teaching Professor of Environmental Studies. He teaches and publishes on subjects including peace and nonviolence, social and environmental justice, political theory, and emerging technologies; serves on the editorial board of numerous academic journals; and writes for a wide range of popular and scholarly publications. His research interests include environmental peacebuilding, climate justice, intersectionality and ecology, community and sustainability, “digital food,” and the justice implications of contemporary technology. On campus, he works with groups exploring areas including climate change, food justice, and curricular development, and serves as Faculty Director of the Core Pathways and Core Transformation initiatives.

Climate Change, Emerging Technology, Environment, Global Cities, Justice and Peace Studies

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We are committed to the safety of our entire community, and will be monitoring the ongoing pandemic to make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing this event with you.