Festival Overview

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 PM

Burchfield Penney Art Center
Humanities New York presents “Turning the Tide: Communicating Climate Science.”

Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Jason Briner, Associate Professor of Geology, University at Buffalo
Elizabeth Mazzolini, Assistant Professor of English, University at Buffalo
Adam Rome, Professor of History, University at Buffalo
MODERATOR: Ryan McPherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo


Friday, Sept. 29, 8 PM (7 PM VIP reception)

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with reception in the AK Café
Environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben, “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment”


The 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments brought environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben to Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 29, where he gave the talk “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment” in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Introductions were provided by David Castillo (Director, UB Humanities Institute), Dean Robin Schulze (UB College of Arts and Sciences), US Congressman Brian Higgins (US House of Representatives, 26th Congressional District).

The Buffalo Humanities Festival is an annual event organized by the UB Humanities Institute in partnership with Buffalo State College, Canisius College, and Niagara University. Additional support is provided by Humanities New York.

Videographer: Thomas Vetter

Click here to view on UBStream.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 AM

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College
The full festival day begins with a performance by Deke Weaver of “BEAR and the Unreliable Bestiary” and continues with talks, panels, and community conversations focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. Lunch by West Side Bazaar is included with tickets purchased by Sept. 25th. The closing reception features music by 12/8 Path Band and beer by Community Beer Works.

Click here for the detailed Saturday schedule.

Click here for the full list of presenters/participants and their bios.

Click here for the list of 2017 sponsors and supporters.

Click here for additional resources on “Environments” and what you can watch, read, write and do to combat climate change.