Intersections of Art and Science

Our Expanding Oceans, and Global Climate Change: A Primer


An exhibit by Mary Edna Fraser and Orrin H. Pilkey, Our Expanding Oceans, opened at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

The exhibit, featuring over 50 batiks on silk illustrating threatened landscapes around the world, and coincides with the publication of “Global Climate Change: A Primer” (Duke University Press), co-authored by Orrin and Keith Pilkey with art by Mary Edna Fraser.

Our Expanding Oceans is set to tour to other venues in 2012.

” Global Climate Change: A Primer ”

The Preview’s Invitation:


Tuesday, July 19, 2011
6:30-8:30 p.m. with discussion beginning at 7:00 followed by Q&A
Tir Na Nog, 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, 833-7795

Dr. Orrin H. Pilkey will discuss global climate change and his soon-to-be-released book, “Global Climate Change: A Primer” (Duke University Press).

“This timely, informative book is exactly what the public needs to understand the ongoing disruption of the earth’s climate. Orrin H. and Keith C. Pilkey present an excellent summary of what we know, and what we don’t know, about the planet’s climate. They also provide a superb overview of a huge campaign underwritten by corporate dollars and intended to confuse the public and manufacture doubt about climate issues.” — Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth.

Is climate change real? How is it happening and how can we slow its progression? During this café we will learn about the science of global climate change and the damage that rising temperatures are causing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea ice melting, changing habitats, desertification, and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes and mangroves. We will also discuss the arguments typically advanced by global change deniers. Could fossil fuel companies be promoting the controversy?

Artist Mary Edna Fraser illustrated the book with her batik art and will join the Café. A book signing will take place immediately following the Science Café.

This Café was made possible through a partnership with the NC Coastal Federation.

About our Speaker:
Orrin Pilkey is a research professor, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Director Emeritus of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) within the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

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