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Exploring Climate Change & Culture Shift: Lecture and Reception with UCSB Professor Ken Hiltner

September 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ken Hiltner


As climate warnings blare across the globe, why do humans continue the destructive behaviors that are causing the climate crisis? Why do we seem to be unable to pull together as a species and tackle this existential threat head-on? If we did, where would we start?

Join dynamic UC Santa Barbara Professor Ken Hiltner for a lively discussion as we try to unpack and understand the biggest problem and the obvious solution to the climate crisis -humans.

Registration includes a delicious and thought-provoking reception after Professor Hiltner’s talk. Local vegetarian food from Buena Onda & beverages provided. Remember to bring your reusable cup, straw and utensils!

Presented by The Harvard Club of Santa Barbara (HCSB), and co-sponsored by Community Environmental Council and Wilderness Youth Project.

When:  Thursday, September 12, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Where: The event will be held at the Alhecama Theatre, located at the corner of E. Canon Perdido Street and Santa Barbara Street. The theatre is a part of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park in downtown Santa Barbara. There is no on-site parking except for two disabled parking-spaces in front of the theater.

Tickets: $10 registration includes a reception after Professor Hiltner’s talk. Local vegetarian food from Buena Onda & beverages provided. Remember to bring your reusable cup, straw and utensils!

There are three options for purchasing tickets:

    HCSB prefers the online method of simultaneously paying and RSVP’ing, as it provides us with an automated attendance count and RSVP list.
  2. CHECK
    Please maili your check together with the names of your guests to:
    Harvard Club of Santa Barbara, P.O. Box 1452, Goleta, CA 93116. Please do so by September 1.
    You may also pay at the door, but send us an email at [email protected] to reserve a place.

Buy your ticket soon! This event will be limited to 140 people.

About Ken Hiltner

Ken Hiltner

Prior to becoming a Professor of Environmental Humanities at UCSB, Ken Hiltner made his living as a furniture-maker. As a second-generation woodworker, he received commissions from five continents and had collections featured in major metropolitan galleries.

In 2006, he received his PhD from Harvard University, where he garnered several distinctions as a researcher and Teaching Fellow, including the Bowdoin Prize. At UCSB, since 2006, he has served as Director of the Literature and the Environment Center, Director of the Early Modern Center, and Chair of the Graduate Program. He is also the Director the Environmental Humanities Initiative, and has authored several books and articles, recently focusing on how environmental humanities will play a critical role in addressing climate change. He served for a year at Princeton University as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities at Princeton University’s Environmental Institute (PEI).

In his forthcoming book, Writing a New Environmental Era: Moving Forward to Nature, Hiltner uses the rise of the automobile and climate change denial literature to explore how our current environmental era came into existence. He argues that we need to see anthropogenic (i.e. human caused) climate change for what it is: a human problem brought about by human actions. He states that, while the natural sciences may be able to tell us how human activities are leading to a rise in atmospheric CO2 and other so called greenhouse gases, the root cause is a range of troubling human activities that require the release of these gases, such as our obsessions with cars, lavish houses, air travel, and endless consumer goods. He argues that the humanities and social sciences, rather than the natural sciences, need to lead us forward so that we can forge a more harmonious relationship with nature in the future. More information regarding Hiltner is available on his website:


September 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Alhecama Theatrre
215 A E. Canon Perdido St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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Harvard Club of Santa Barbara
Community Environmental Council
Wilderness Youth Project
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