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April 29, 2021

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM The Role of Insurers in Delivering a Greener Future

About the Program

Insurance is fundamentally a form of risk management whereby decisions are made based on possible future events and their likely impacts. The better an insurance company can predict and avoid future risk, the more successful the company. It is with this eye toward the future that French insurance titan AXA developed its latest Foresight Report, 2040: Exploring Society’s Future Challenges. The report identifies climate change as one of the three main challenges facing society and details how the insurance industry is uniquely positioned to influence behaviors that impact the climate for the better. By looking at the big picture, AXA aims not only for more success, but also to contribute solutions to the interconnected challenges of tomorrow.

Join Baruch College's Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs on April 29th as we host a panel of strategic foresight specialists and climate experts for a deeper dive into the report and a wide-ranging discussion of risk in the age of climate change.

About the Speakers

  • Deborah Balk, Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
  • Christian Braneon, Remote Sensing Specialist, Goddard Space Flight Center at National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Gabriela Hermosilla, Foresight Analyst, AXA
  • Greg Lindsay, Futurist and Director of Applied Research, NewCities
  • Andrew MacFarlane, Head of Reinsurance Pricing & Analytics, Global Markets, AXA XL
  • Scott Smith, Managing Partner, Changeist


The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is New York City’s only public graduate school dedicated to public affairs. Since 1994, the school has offered undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in public policy and administration, and Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA). In the fall of 2017 they launched a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree program.

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs draw upon one of the largest public affairs faculty in the nation, and apply an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and professional development. Learn more about us by viewing alumni testimonials.


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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mishkin Gallery: Critical Ecology on Film | Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Mishkin Gallery Director/Curator Alaina Claire Feldman

Thursday, April 29


Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Mishkin Gallery Director/Curator Alaina Claire Feldman

video, no sound, 10:09 minutes, 2012


World renowned artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam) is a short experimental film starring his long-time collaborator Jenjira Pongpas. Weerasethakul’s films are often marked by interplays between organic, natural time and measured cinematic time while drawing from Buddhist narrative structures as well as science fiction. The title of this work is a contradiction evoking a river full of desert plants, but also a very real future for the Mekong due to upstream constructions of Chinese dams. As water levels continue to fall, Jenjira leads a new life after marrying a retired American soldier and changes her name to Nach, also meaning “river.” Both the Mekong and Nach are changing, along with the memories of who and what they once were. 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed ten features and dozens of short films. He has won the Un Certain Regard top prize, Jury Prize, and Palm d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as numerous other awards such as the Principal Prince Claus Award and the Artes Mundi Prize.

Alaina Claire Feldman is the Director/Curator of the Mishkin Gallery and Professor in Baruch’s Arts Administration MA program. She was the Managing Editor of Apichatpong Weerasethskul: Serenity of Madness in 2016 and produced the artist’s traveling retrospective of the same title (curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong) for Independent Curators International (ICI).


Some changes in the environment are easy to see while others are more covert. Through the work of four international artists/artist collectives, the Critical Ecology on Film program will expose and tackle questions regarding ecological crises in relation to climate change, inter-species communication, nuclear power, and privatization of the commons. Artists will join professors from across the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences to connect visual culture and the humanities in transdisciplinary conversations that concern the entanglement of politics and our contemporary ecologies. Each film will be screened followed by a conversation. Critical Ecology on Film takes place on Zoom and is free and open to the public.

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