Hope and Renewal in the age of the apocalypse

11th Annual Nelson Institute
Earth Day Conference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center


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Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today's environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future?

"Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse" features an exciting line-up of provocative authors, leading thinkers and creative problem solvers to explore these questions. Join us for a day of fresh ideas about climate change, wildlife conservation, economic growth, social justice and other challenges that drive our anxieties and test our resolve.

Featured Speakers

Sherri L. Smith

SHERRI L. SMITH

author, Orleans and other young adult novels
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Paolo Bacigalupi

PAOLO BACIGALUPI

author, The Water Knife, Shipbreaker and other novels
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Emily St. John Mandel

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

author, Station Eleven and other novels
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Julian Agyeman

JULIAN AGYEMAN

author, Sharing Cities and Just Sustainabilities
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Steward Brand

STEWART BRAND

founder, Whole Earth Catalog and Long Now Foundation
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