Deep Dive Series
January 27, 2021 @ 7 pm EDT

Join us for Bow Seat’s new Deep Dive Series! Meet and learn from artists, scientists, community leaders, and activists whose unique strategies are pushing the climate movement to new creative depths. This monthly educational series explores how we can communicate about the climate crisis in unexpected, fresh, and even humorous ways that grab people’s attention without sacrificing the message.

Unless otherwise noted, all Deep Dive virtual events will take place LIVE at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Recordings will be shared and posted after the event.

Registration is free, but required to attend each event!

January 27, 2021: Giving Science Its Rap

For the newest edition of our Deep Dive Series, learn about the Hip Hop M.D. aka Maynard Okereke’s journey from civil engineer to science entertainer and how he bridges the gap between music, entertainment, and science to invite more diverse voices into S.T.E.M. fields.

About Our Speaker:
Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is an award-winning Science Communicator, having received both the Asteroid Award for “Best Streaming Content” and the People of Change Award for his community outreach efforts. His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey.

Noticing a lack of minority involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields, he created Hip Hop Science with the goal of encouraging minorities and youth to pursue more advanced career paths. His background in engineering, acting, business, and credible work within the music industry as an artist, make him uniquely qualified to engage on a wide variety of topics from an entertaining perspective. This is highly reflected in his weekly vlogs and daily social media posts which provide both humorous and informative #SciComm content.

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December 9, 2021: Animating for the Environment

In this Deep Dive webinar with Co-Founders of Puckerbrush Animation and Film judges for our Ocean Awareness Contest Hanji Chang and Andy O’Brien, we explore how humorous cartoons can make environmental issues more accessible for all audiences.  Hanji and Andy tell the unconventional story of how they became animators passionate about environmental issues and share some of their work as visual storytellers and comedians.

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About Our Speakers:
Hanji Chang is a Taiwanese-Korean painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and animator. She also teaches animation at Maine College of Art. Andy O’Brien is a Rockland, Maine-based writer, voice actor, and the communications director for the Maine AFL-CIO. Hanji and Andy are the co-founders of O’Chang Comics and Puckerbrush Animation (formerly O’Chang Studios).

Puckerbrush Animation is a Rockland, Maine-based animation studio that has produced videos for a variety educational and nonprofit institutions including the US Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana Sea Grant, the Island Institute, the World Bank, the Red Cross, the Council on Foreign Relations and others. It is most known for its award-winning series “A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine” about the impact of climate change on coastal communities and sea life.

October 20, 2021: Climate Comedy Workshop

In this first virtual event of our Deep Dive Series—a participatory introduction to climate comedy—Inside the Greenhouse Co-Founder and Co-Director Beth Osnes, PhD, and University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) graduate student Ben Stasny lead warm-up exercises, provide examples of climate comedy, and facilitate the creation of brief climate comedy songs.

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About Our Speakers:
In addition to leading Inside the Greenhouse, a project dedicated to inspiring creative communication on climate, Beth Osnes, PhD, is a Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at CU Boulder. She is passionate about using performance to author a new story for an equitable, survivable, and thrive-able future for all life and the ecosystems upon which all life depends. She is co-founder of SPEAK.WORLD, an approach towards vocal empowerment for young women for increased self-advocacy and civic participation. She is also a teacher, scholar, and performer of climate comedy.

Ben Stasny is a second-year graduate student in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at CU Boulder researching the intersection between theatre and climate change. He has been working closely with Beth Osnes to help author stories of interspecies relationships in order to better understand the effects of climate change through both the arts and the sciences. Ben recently conceptualized, directed, and partnered with Climate Change Theatre Action in New York City to help produce Climate Cabaret, the opening show of CU’s theatrical season. He has worked as a professional actor for over a decade off-broadway, in regional theatres, in parks, on cruise ships, in bars and barns, and out of vans, and loves theatre in any and all forms. He is eager to continue exploring how theatre, storytelling and comedy can help impact climate change.

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