Acclaimed for her outlandishly theatrical fictions and avant-folk songs, Cynthia Hopkins turns to a real-world issue with her newest work, This Clement World, which will be presented at the Walker on March 7–9. A week before, she takes the stage for an evening of conversation, science, and song about climate change.
Joining the artist for the discussion are Patrick Hamilton, director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and climate scientist Peter Snyder, with meteorologist/entrepreneur Paul Douglas as moderator.
“A breathtaking visionary” (Time Out New York), Hopkins is known for her groundbreaking multimedia performances that blur the lines between edification and entertainment. She is a recipient of an Alpert Award in Theater and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The director of global change initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Hamilton leads the Future Earth project, an NSF-supported set of exhibits and programs. He is also a principal investigator with the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, a fellow of the Institute of the Environment, and a member of the board for District Energy St. Paul.
Snyder is an atmospheric scientist and professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate. He studies an array of problems related to atmospheric physics, land-atmosphere interactions, and climate change, with research spanning the Arctic, the tropics, and North America.
A nationally respected meteorologist with 33 years of television and radio experience, Douglas is author of “On Weather” for the Star Tribune. He is a serial entrepreneur, founding Weather Nation, Media Logic Group, Smart Energy, and other companies. Douglas, a Republican, has been outspoken in explaining that acknowledging evidence of a growing human influence on climate “doesn’t make you a liberal.”