SUNY Sustainability Conference Presentation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
Old Main Brown Auditorium
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President's Office

SUNY Sustainability Conference Presentation: “A Queer Response To Climate Change: What Would Walt Whitman Do? By Activist Peterson Toscano, as part of the Incllusion series.


The Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee (CICC) invites you to a presentation by Peterson Toscano. The presentation continues CICC's fall programming around the theme of "Incllusion." 


Activist Peterson Toscano will take on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and will do so with humor, heart, and with a view to saving the humans. Drawing on his hilarious characters, Peterson will make connections between LGBTQ issues, environmental justice, and climate change. Filled with hope, Peterson will give you a positive vision of the future as he inspires you to take your role in it


Peterson expertly weaves in the story of Walt Whitman, who in his 30s was adrift in life and art until he had a soul shaking experience that jarred him into becoming the most inventive poet of the 19th Century. But he didn’t stop growing and coming out. Another jarring experience transformed him into a loving nurse tending the wounded young Civil War soldiers. Peterson writes about Whitman’s ability to time travel, something Peterson does in this presentation–right before your eyes.


Discover your role on our new earth and learn how LGBTQ folks and communities already have experiences and resources that we can draw on in the midst of our current and growing climate crisis. It’s time for the ultimate makeover!


Peterson Toscano’s presentation is a part of the State of New York Sustainability Conference that is being hosted at SUNY Cortland November 15-16. The event is funded in part by the Sustainability Office and the Haines President's Discretionary Fund. For more information about the conference please contact the conference co-chairs Matt Brubaker or Beth Klein (  


The event is free and open to the public.


For more information on other CICC events this semester please visit or contact CICC co-chairs Brian Barrett or Jena Curtis.


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