Sahara Haze: Harmattan Wind and Tropospheric Histories

Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

May Joseph, Pratt Institute / Harmattan Theater

Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness Lab (CCDGBL) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series. CCDGBL is part of The Entanglement Project, a new FHI initiative focused on the intersections of race, health, and climate.

All talks are hybrid:

ABOUT THE LECTURE: We are all Sahara. The Eastern seaboard of the United States is extensively impacted by the Sahara desert through the tropospheric ecologies of the Harmattan wind. The Sahara Haze, as the Harmattan Wind is called, is little understood in its sweeping planetary reach, affecting the Caribbean, the Brazilian rainforest, the Mediterranean, and vast regions of South Asia. This talk combines memoir, photographs and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to shed light on our shared atmospheric futures through the escalating impact of climate change on the Sahara haze across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: May Joseph is Founder of Harmattan Theater, Professor of Social Science at Pratt Institute, and author of Aquatopia: Climate Interventions; ghosts of lumumba; Sealog: Indian Ocean to New York; Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination; and Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship. Joseph is Co-Editor of Terra Aqua: The Amphibious Lifeworlds of Coastal and Maritime South Asia; and Co-Editor of Performing Hybridity. Joseph creates site specific performances along Dutch and Portuguese maritime routes exploring climate issues.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
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