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Small Island Big Song is a celebration of the art and music that spans the diaspora of 16 island nations across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But it also is a reminder of the cultures and civilizations increasingly at risk due to climate change-induced sea level rise. As part of these artists’ week-long residency at Penn State, they will be participating in this panel discussion moderated by Penn State’s Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences. Together, they will discuss the critical role of artists in confronting climate change and developing our global response to it.

The event is free and open to all and will be both in-person at the HUB-Robeson Center Freeman Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus and also simulcast over Zoom. The event is part of Penn State’s IllumiNATION, a student-focused art-based festival that aims to create a unified Penn State community full of responsible and inclusive citizens of the world by encouraging creativity, practicing sustainability, and providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.