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From: Elliott School Research Team <esiare...@email.gwu.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 12:22 PM
Subject: You're invited to our next book talk!
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Join us for the book launch of
Deep Time Reckoning: 
How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now
Featuring Vincent Ialenti
Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs
Wednesday, October 14 2020 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Finland’s nuclear waste repository “safety case” experts have spent decades forecasting ecological and geophysical events that could occur over the coming tens and hundreds of thousands of years. They have developed sophisticated computer models of distant future glaciations, climate changes, earthquakes, and human-animal relationships. Drawing from his thirty-two months of anthropological fieldwork among these uniquely longsighted experts, Elliott School Assistant Research Professor of International Affairs, Vincent Ialenti, offers practical strategies for lengthening the time horizons of environmental governance. Nurturing societal time-literacy, he argues, is increasingly vital as our planet's ecological crisis is complicated by a deflation of public enthusiasm for liberal arts education and scientific inquiry.
The Elliott School Book Launch Series and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy are proud to present a lecture by Dr. Ialenti on his latest book, Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now. The talk will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience moderated by Professor of Literature and the Environment at Edinburgh University, Dr. David Farrier. 
About the Speaker
Vincent Ialenti is an anthropologist who studies the cultures of nuclear waste experts in Northern Europe and the United States. He has written for NPR, Forbes, Social Studies of Science, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Physics Today, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, and The Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ialenti holds a PhD from Cornell University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
About the Moderator
David Farrier is a Professor of Literature and the Environment at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at the University of Leicester, held a Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship at the University of New South Wales, and written for both Aeon and The Atlantic. His most recent book, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, was awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Giles St Aubyn award for non-fiction for exploring the traces that present societies will persist in the deep future. Dr. Farrier holds a PhD from the University of Leeds. 
About the Event
This event is free, on the record, and open to the public. 
Registrants will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the WebEx event. 
Media inquiries must be sent to Jason Shevrin, GWU Senior Media Relations Specialist,    at jshe...@gwu.edu
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