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Pace Law School welcomes Robin Kundis Craig, PhD, for the Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law, “Learning to Live with the Trickster: Narrating Climate Change and the Value of Resilience” on April 1.

Climate change isn’t getting the last laugh this April Fool’s Day if Robin Kundis Craig, PhD, has anything to say about it. Which she will on Wednesday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m. as she delivers Pace Law School’s Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law, titled “Learning to Live with the Trickster: Narrating Climate Change and the Value of Resilience” in the Gerber Glass Moot Court Room in White Plains.

Much of American environmental and natural resources law, including the concept of sustainability, assumes that humans can predict and control the ecosystems' responses to changes in human activity. As the scientific concepts of resilience thinking and panarchy make clear, that assumption has always been doubtful, but climate change calls it completely into question. This talk explores the ideas of resilience thinking and sustainability in a climate change era, positing that climate change has effectively taken on the role of the mythological trickster for the foreseeable futurethe unpredictable force of disruption and chaos that also breeds creativity and evolution—and that both American environmental and natural resources law and American cultural narratives need to learn to accommodate continual surprise.

Craig is the William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she researches the law and policy of "all things water," including water rights, water pollution, and ocean and coastal issues, as well as climate change adaptation and the intersection of constitutional and environmental law. She has authored, co-authored, or edited seven books, 12 books chapters, and more than 65 articles.

For more information on Craig and her work, or to hear previous lectures and learn about the history of the Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law, click here.

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