Week 1 Lecture: Begin

I’m a musician, and a pillar of my teaching practice is “entrepreneurship.” Usually, this boils down to my teaching younger musicians how to build careers after music school. But in the year 2019, the year of the climate emergency, I  found it frustrating to reconcile the question of life after school with the future of life on our planet. I proposed this course because I wanted to leverage everything I have at my disposal—as a musician, as a historian of science, an improviser, a citizen, an ethnographer, a writer—in the service of life on this planet. This story of why I want to teach this class, then, is tied to my “climate journey,” the story of how I became awakened to the climate emergency, and how I make meaning out of my life in this time of crisis.

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