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Wednesday, October 2 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Surviving Progress: Film Screening and Discussion

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Discussion with Harold Crooks, co-director of Surviving Progress; Nadia Elrokhsy, Associate Professor of Ecological Design at The New School; and invited student respondents.

The New School's Centennial Festival and the Tishman Environment and Design Center present a screening of Surviving Progress, a documentary film written and directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.

From the Filmmakers: 

Technological advancement, economic development, population increase — are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.

Featuring powerful arguments from such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Michael Hudson, and Ronald Wright, this enlightening and visually spectacular film invites us to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own. Leading critics of Wall Street, cognitive psychologists, and ecologists lay bare the consequences of progress-as-usual as the film travels around the world — from a burgeoning China to the disappearing rainforests of Brazil to a chimp research lab in New Iberia, Louisiana — to construct a shocking overview of the way our global economic system is eating away at our planet's resources and shackling entire populations with poverty. Providing an honest look at the risks and pitfalls of running 21st-century "software" (our accumulated knowledge) on 50,000-year-old "hardware" (our primate brains), Surviving Progress offers a challenge: to prove making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead end.

Following the screening, Harold Crooks and Nadia Elrokhsy, Associate Professor of Ecological Design at The New School, will invite respondents to explore and reflect on the challenge of overconsumption. If our identity is based on a certain set of facts, how might a new identity take root, born of a different set of facts? How can we build a bridge between old and new? We will attempt to build bridges between issues, fields, and disciplines through systems thinking. Join us for the film screening and discussion. Hope begins and is sustained through conversation.

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Harold Crooks

Co-Director, Writer, Filmmaker
Harold Crooks’ documentary film credits include:  The Price We Pay [director, writer] premiered at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF], voted best Canadian documentary of the year by the Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle, winner of a Prix Gémeaux of the Academy of Canadian... Read More →
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Nadia Elrokhsy

Associate Profressor of Ecological Design, Parsons School of Design
Nadia Elrokhsy, Associate Professor of Ecological Design, is an architect and designer of the constructed environment by practice, not business as usual practice, design for climate change impacts as a practice.She employs strategic design methods with clients to consider design for... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Kellen Auditorium