Cultural Crash Course – Cli-Fi: The New Genre of Climate Change

Join local experts for Folkmoot’s series, Cultural Crash Courses, featuring lectures on a variety of current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism. Content will be presented as a 45-minute community lecture followed by questions, answers and discussion. Crash Courses begin on September 18th and occur on a monthly basis. The full schedule with topics and speakers is available online at

Cultural Crash Courses are sponsored by Western Carolina University and the Town of Waynesville. Tickets for Cultural Crash Courses are $10. Doors open at 5:30pm and the lecture begins at 6:00pm.

This Crash Course:

Cli-Fi: The New Genre of Climate Change Fiction

Dan Bloom coined the term “cli-fi” in 2008 to define a genre of fictional works that grapple with issues related to climate change and the role that humans are playing in creating an increasingly unstable and volatile environment.

The emergence and popularity of works of fiction with a focus on human-made climate change is unsurprising given our growing awareness of the ways that our actions are impacting the planet and given the increase in speculative fiction about the possible end results of unchecked human activity.

In this talk, Dr. Wright will discuss the ways that some of these works of fiction engage with climate science, possible worst case scenarios, and potential modes of salvation.

Limited seating is available. Please purchase Cultural Crash Course tickets in advance by calling 828.452.2997 or purchasing electronically, at Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.

Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

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Dec 18 2019


Doors open at 5:30, lecture begins at 6:00
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm



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Folkmoot Center | Queen Auditorium


Folkmoot Center | Queen Auditorium
112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville, NC 28786