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To Understand A Tree – A Conversation with Artist Gina Siepel and Dr. Michael Mann

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


To Understand A Tree – A Conversation with Artist Gina Siepel and Dr. Michael Mann | Thurs. April 25, 2024 | University of Pennsylvania | The Agora Room in Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 S. 36th St, Philadelphia | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET | In-person & Zoom

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Join the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability & Media, and the Museum for Art in Wood for an event during Penn Earth Week. Dr. Michael Mann will be in conversation with interdisciplinary artist and woodworker Gina Siepel, whose exhibition To Understand A Tree is currently on display at the Museum for Art in Wood now through July 21,2024, and is a part of their environmentally-focused exhibitions. This event will be in person and via Zoom.

Pictured: The red oak tree at the height of autumn color, 2019. Photo by Gina Siepel

About the Speakers

Portrait of Gina Siepel

Gina Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and woodworker, based in Greenfield, MA (Pocumtuc land). Their artistic practice reflects an engagement with place, history, queer experience, and ecology, and their work integrates conceptual concerns and craftsmanship with a focus on wood as a natural and a cultural material. Gina’s works have been shown in museums and galleries nationally, she is currently a MacLeish Field Station Artist-in-Residence at Smith College, and a 2023 recipient of a Teaching Artist Cohort Grant from the Center for Craft.

Protratit of Dr. Michael Mann

Michael Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He is director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media (PCSSM). He has received many honors and awards, including NOAA’s Outstanding Publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He received the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018 and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union in 2018. In 2019 he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 2020, he received the World Sustainability Award of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2020. He received the Leo Szilard Award of the American Physical Society in 2021 and was named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association in 2023. He is the author of several books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, The New Climate War and Our Fragile Moment.

Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, at [email protected].


April 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Museum for Art in Wood
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Annenberg Public Policy Center
202 S. 36th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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