Co-presented with FirstWorks
and ecoRI News: RI Artists on Environmental Practice

November 20, 5:00-7:00PM
at the Providence Athenaeum – 251 Benefit Street

With Brown University Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences Terry E. Tullis, Chair of the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council.

While fracking has lowered current gas prices and made us less dependent on foreign oil, it has some negative consequences. Ground water can be contaminated, and a dramatic incidence of small earthquakes has resulted from the injection of waste fluids produced by fracking. For example, Oklahoma now has a rapid acceleration of earthquake occurrences and more earthquakes than California. We understand why these earthquakes are occurring from laboratory and field experiments. The potential for more, even larger man-induced earthquakes looms as the Department of Energy begins “carbon sequestration” – pumping carbon dioxide down disposal wells to attempt to reduce future climate change. Join us to discuss the potential effect of our present practices on our future.


Connecting Art with Education: Part of a residency with Los Angeles performance collective Cloud Eye Control, presenting Half Life, a multimedia elegy to an unsafe and nervous world at the Columbus Theatre on November 21, 2015.

Cloud Eye Control residency funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Supported in part by a generous grant from Brown University Creative Arts Council and support from Rhode Island School of Design Center for Student Involvement, Providence College, the National Endowment for the Arts, and RISCA. Additional residency support from Brown University Departments of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies and Modern Culture & Media.



Cloud Eye Control: Half Life, Nov. 21, 2015, Columbus Theatre