WHO'S THE SPEAKER?
Kenneth Weiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, writes on issues at the intersection of science, environment and public health. He is currently working on assignments for National Geographic and Science magazines. His recent work focused on human dimensions of climate change, traveling to some of the most vulnerable countries such as Bolivia, Bangladesh and the island nation of Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific. He covered the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris last December for Nature magazine and writes for Foreign Policy magazine. Before becoming a magazine writer, Ken spent more than two decades as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. His newspaper work included two major series: Beyond 7 Billion, on the causes and consequences of human population growth & Altered Oceans, which showed how humans are so industrious, we have managed to change all of the world’s oceans. Weiss has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism award and many others. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.
WHO'S THE PERFORMER?
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese composer, musician, producer, actor, and environmental activist. He has written music inspired by the traditions of Okinawa, Indonesia, and Brazilhas, has collaborated with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, among many others. He wrote music for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and for the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim, Germany. He received an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil, The Silver Lion award (Venice Film Festival) and, in July 2009, he was named 'Officier' of the coveted 'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' from the government of France. Perhaps most prized of all, was the UN Environment Program’s Echo Award, for his innovative and groundbreaking work in eco-friendly touring and music distribution.
A LITTLE HINT ON WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Altered Oceans presentation How one clever and industrious species is distressing the world’s oceans, altering their very composition and chemistry – and where we can turn to find hope for their future?
Video & Sound interactive installation An artistic experience of music & water