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Point Reyes Books & Mesa Refuge Presents: Christina Gerhardt and Rachel Brahinsky

August 19, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm PDT

Christina Gerhardt & Rachel Brahinsky 

In conversation about Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean 

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Christina Gerhardt Rachel Brahinsky Mesa Refuge Point Reyes Books University of California Press

Saturday, August 19, 2023 – 4:00pm

Dance Palace Church Space

503 B St.

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Free, donations welcome

Christina Gerhardt is joined by Rachel Brahinsky for a conversation about Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean (University of California Press).

This free event is co-sponsored by the Mesa Refuge.

RSVPs are not required.

About Sea Change

“A stunning atlas of the present and future.”—Rebecca Solnit, author of several books including Infinite Cities: A Trilogy of Atlases—San Francisco, New Orleans, New York

This immersive portal to islands around the world highlights the impacts of sea level rise and shimmers with hopeful solutions to combat it.
Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. This transportive atlas reorients our vantage point to place islands at the center of the story, highlighting Indigenous and Black voices and the work of communities taking action for local and global climate justice. At once serious and playful, well-researched and lavishly designed, Sea Change is a stunning exploration of the climate and our world’s coastlines. Full of immersive storytelling, scientific expertise, and rallying cries from island populations that shout with hope—”We are not drowning! We are fighting!”—this atlas will galvanize readers in the fight against climate change and the choices we all face.

About the participants

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Senior Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Barron Professor of Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. Her environmental journalism has been published by Grist.orgThe NationThe Progressive,and the Washington Monthly.

Rachel Brahinsky is Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco, affiliated with Urban and Public Affairs, Politics, and Urban Studies. Her research is focused on race, property, and urban change.

*This event is held independently at the community center.  Please contact the organizer directly for up-to-date information regarding the event, including mask policies.   

Please note, masks are still required in the common spaces in the Dance Palace; masks are available in the lobby.  We thank you for your cooperation.

(415) 663-1542

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503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States