Stonehill is celebrating the second year of the Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill Initiative showcasing different events focusing on justice and the climate. Building on last year’s success, 2016-2017 will feature more thought-provoking speakers and events. The first event of the Fall will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Martin Institute. There will be a public lecture entitled “Brain Drives, Climate Change, and Doing Good: A Neurosurgeon’s Dilemma” by Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime, the Nicholas T. Zervas Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School.
As part of the Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill Initiative. Dr. Duhaime’s talk should give us better insight into how our brains can thwart our efforts at climate change. Senior Neuroscience major, Nicole Pirro ’17 explains:
“Thursday’s talk by Dr. Anne-Christine Duhaime should be extremely interesting as it will explain three different items of discussion and why this could be an obstacle for a Neurosurgeon. In previous talks that can be viewed online, Dr. Duhaime has taken the big picture and broken it down so students and faculty of other disciplines will easily understand the point that she is trying to get across. The human brain has evolved to respond quickly to certain stimuli in order to stay alive. Therefore, our brains are not wired to think about large, slow moving threats such as climate change. However, the human brain does work with a reward system that will affect how one behaves. I’m eager to see how Dr. Duhaime will connect and explain the relationships between brain drive, climate change and doing good with Neuroscience and relevant research.”
For more information about this, and other Climate Justice events on campus, visit the Climate Justice page at libguides.stonehill.edu/climate.