Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A Passion for the Planet: Art and Science in Concert

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Scott Wing, Geoffrey Hudson, Ra Joy, and Michael E. Mann aired April 21, 2021, as part of the After Hours series. Watch a recording in the player above.


At the convergence of art and science is a powerful message about the climate crisis. Scott Wing, Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany at NMNH, moderates a discussion between "A Passion for the Planet" composer Geoffrey Hudson, National Endowment for the Arts Chief of Staff Ra Joy, and climate scientist and author Michael E. Mann, about the intersection of art, storytelling and science.

Following the conversation is a special director’s cut style performance of "A Passion for the Planet," with Hudson and Mann, whose famous "Hockey Stick" graph depicting the rapid rise in temperature change in the 20th century is set to music in Hudson’s oratorio. As the performance unfolds, Hudson and Mann share commentary and answer questions.

This webinar was presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Hybrid Vigor Music in celebration of Earth Day 2021.

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