This Changes Everything

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN


Dr. Stephen Macekura

Assistant Professor of International Studies, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Jeffrey White

Professor of Environmental Science, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington; Professor of Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Stephanie C. Kane

Professor of International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Jessica O’Reilly

Assistant Professor in International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. James Damico

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington

moderated by

Dr. Lisa-Marie Napoli

Associate Director, Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) Program, Indiana University, Bloomington; Director, Voices For Democracy

This Changes Everything— The State of the Environmental Movement

A panel discussion of themes explored in the film, including the impact of current policy decisions on the environment and the future of the planet.

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN

Film Synopsis

A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries over four years, This Changes Everything is an attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name, the film presents powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from the Alberta Tar Sands to the coast of South India. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen Macekura is assistant professor of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Dr. Macekura received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia in 2013. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth of College. His first book, Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. He is a scholar of US and global history, with a particular focus on political economy, international development, environmentalism, and US foreign relations.

Dr. Jeffrey White is a professor of environmental science in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he has served for 33 years. Dr. White is director of IU’s Integrated Program in the Environment — a campus-wide program bringing educational and research activities in environmental sciences and sustainability studies under a single umbrella organization that integrates across the entire academic community. His research focuses on understanding human impacts on feedbacks within environmental systems, particularly aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Dr. White holds a BA in biology from Gettysburg College, an MS in environmental science from Rutgers University, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Syracuse University.

An ethnographer and ecologist, Dr. Stephanie C. Kane has done fieldwork in the cities and forests of North, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her books include The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanism and Development in Panama, AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs, and Crime in the Americas, and most recently, Where Rivers Meet the Sea, the Political Ecology of Water. Her current research focuses on urban water infrastructures as a way to understand humanity’s techno-cultural relationship with the earth’s surface. She is a co-leader of the Ice Law Project and professor of international studies at Indiana University.

Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, assistant professor in international studies, is an environmental anthropologist who studies how scientists and policy makers participate in environmental management, both in regards to the Antarctic environment and global climate change. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to Indiana University, Dr. O’Reilly was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and the University of California San Diego and an associate professor of anthropology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Her book The Technocratic Antarctic: an ethnography of scientific expertise and environmental governance was just released (Cornell University Press). Her current project is an ethnographic study of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and she observes the annual meetings of the Antarctic Treaty and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Dr. James Damico is department chair and associate professor of literacy, culture, and language education at Indiana University. He is the author of many journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the book Social Studies as New Literacies: Relational Cosmopolitanism in the Classroom. Climate change literacy is one of his primary areas of research and teaching. Dr. Damico is also the director of the INSPIRE Living Learning Center and is co-director of the Harmony-Meier Institute for Democracy and Equity in Education. A musician and songwriter, Dr. Damico is also a member of the Americana music group Amigo Fields.

Dr. Lisa-Marie Napoli is associate director of Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) Program and director of Voices For Democracy. She specializes in conflict management and deliberative democracy and trains students to facilitate community conversations about public issues, including climate change, immigration, safety, justice, and other issues. Dr. Napoli is affiliated with the Kettering Foundation exploring ways to make democracy work as it should. She is passionate about civil discourse to bridge different perspectives for enhancing understanding and improving community well-being and public policymaking. She has over 20 years of experience as a conflict resolution expert through work as a teacher, facilitator, mediator, and trainer, and is active in the Bloomington community.