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Liberty, Now & Then Speaker Series: Preempting Fate – Technology, Gaming and Climate Change

July 20, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From disappearing shorelines to extreme weather events, we are witnessing the effects of climate change in real-time. As we look to the future, NLM welcomes Julie Hancher, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly as she leads a discussion with Roland Wall, Executive Director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Roger Turner, Curator of Instruments and Artifacts at the Science History Institute (SHI), about how we understand climate change and imagine a way forward. After the discussion, grab a drink and team-up for Solarpunk Futures, a collaborative board game designed by artist collaborative Solarpunk Surf Club. The future in your hands: what choices will you make? Stop by before the program begins for a brief behind-the-scenes tour of Playing Dirty, SHI’s latest outdoor exhibition that explores the intersections of environmentalism, education, and fun in 1970s board games.

$15 General Admission, $10 for NLM Members (plus one free drink ticket)

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Event Schedule:

5:30 pm – Doors and bar open

5:30 pm – Pop-Up Tour of Science History Institute “Playing Dirty” 

6 pm – Panel Discussion begins

6:45 pm – Audience Q&A

7 pm – Facilitated gaming session with collaborative card game “Solarpunk Futures”

8 pm – Event Concludes


Roland Wall

Roland Wall is the Director Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia and has academic interests including urban ecology and coupled human/natural systems. For the last 17 years he has worked in various positions in the Academy of Natural Sciences, and his current role as Chair for Environmental Initiative includes leading a team working on understanding the ecological health of the Delaware Basin. From working in urban watersheds he has developed an interest in broader questions of human ecology, particular in the interface of human and nonhuman systems.

Roger Turner

Roger Turner is curator of instruments and artifacts at the Science History Institute. He studies how the invisible work of nerds enables modern life. This includes chemistry, environmental forecasting, and the failed science of weather control. Turner creates digital exhibits for the Science History Institute and writes for Distillationsmagazine. He has worked with meteorologists to preserve the history of the National Weather Service’s once-secret national defense lab, and with chemists to recover the stories of Nobel Prize worthy instruments. He earned his PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.



Julie Hancher is Co-Founder & Editor of Green Philly, a digital media publication that connects people to sustainable solutions. Since 2008, Green Philly is the region’s top source for sustainability news, tips, inspiration and career advice through its website, email, social media and events. In 2016, Hancher created SustainPHL, Philadelphia’s annual sustainability awards and celebrations.

With over 15 years of digital marketing experience, Julie is a frequent speaker and sustainability expert, and has appeared on AJ Plus, WHYY Radio Times, Philly Weekly, Travel & Leisure and more. When she’s not behind a computer, you can find Julie hiking, biking or traveling.


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July 20, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:

Thu ‒ Mon: 10am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $12 Seniors (65+): $10 Students (with valid ID): $8 Youth (ages 6–17): $6 Children (under 5): No Charge Museum Members: Free

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