Author John Green kicks off Noble Lecture series – Harvard Gazette


New York Times bestselling author John Green will open the 2022-2023 William Belden Noble Lecture Series at Memorial Church at 7 p.m. on October 14 with a deep dive into the topic of apocalyptic climate change.

Green is the author of such well-known titles as “The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down” and “The Anthropocene Review”. He is also a podcaster, philanthropist and half of the vlogbrothers on YouTube, which has nearly 3.5 million followers.

Green’s “How the World Ends” lecture is a not-so-subtle hint of the urgency and severity of the growing global climate crisis. His latest book, “The Anthropocene Review”, explores in 40 short essays how to live in a world of accelerated uncertainty.

“We are powerful enough to radically reshape Earth’s climate and biodiversity, but not powerful enough to choose how we reshape them,” he writes in the book’s introduction. “We are so powerful that we have escaped our planet’s atmosphere. But we are not powerful enough to save those we love from suffering.

These lines identify the theme of the Noble Readings for this academic year. The four-part series is deliberately designed to open up unvarnished discussions of the moral and ethical issues surrounding our environmental crisis and the role we all have in this global toll.

“Part of our responsibility as Christians is to pay attention to people who are already suffering. It is not just about anticipating our own sufferings and preparing for our own sufferings. It’s also about caring for people who are hurting now – people here and across the world,” said Reverend Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Pusey minister at Memorial Church, Plummer Professor of Morals Christian at the faculty of theology. . “Thirty-three million people in Pakistan have been displaced by the floods, which were caused by an uninterrupted monsoon all summer long, which is caused by climate change.”

With the list of extreme environmental events growing, the call to pay attention to climate is clear. Heat waves, drought, floods, wildfires, violent storms, retreating glaciers and other climatic events – from floods in Pakistan to destructive hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, to scarcity of water in Mississippi – make the headlines almost every day. For many, these events reveal the ominous specter of a climate and a society in immediate danger.

Part of the show’s general discussion will be about how not to be overwhelmed by an array of quivering emotions — fear, empathy, guilt, anger and despair — to the point of inaction, Potts said.

In addition to Green, the Noble’s distinguished speakers will focus their talks around many of these and other questions centered on ethics, action and redemption:

  • Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology, senior fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University’s Divinity School, November 10.
  • Dekila Chungyalpa, director of the Loka Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 22.
  • Emmanuel Katongole, professor of theology and peace studies, Notre-Dame University, April (date to be determined.)

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