Lannan Cultural Freedom Program: James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee
at The Lensic
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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James Hansen will speak about the environment with a focus on Tar Sands Oil, followed by a conversation with Subhankar Banerjee.
James Hansen is well known for his research in the field of climatology and for helping to bring global warming to the world’s attention in the 1980s. In recent years, he has become active in promoting efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, is the author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.
Subhankar Banerjee was born in Berhampore, India in 1967. He spent his childhood there and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering. In 1990 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies, where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
Mr. Banerjee worked in the scientific fields for six years, with Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and Boeing in Seattle. In 2000 he left science behind for a career in photography that stemmed from his childhood passion for painting, coupled with a deep love and concern for the wilderness and disappearing indigenous cultures. Over the past decade, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the conservation of eco-culturally significant areas of the Arctic and to raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He is editor of the anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.