Past Event

Invisible Consequences: Climate Disaster Recovery

December 11, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Reid Hall | 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris

This event will be held in English.

Co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, and the Columbia Climate School.

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The event will be followed by a light reception and a small exhibition.

Additionally, the Reid Hall Caféothèque will be open before the event with wine and snacks for sale.

Faculty Visitor Joshua DeVincenzo and documentary photographer Maxime Riché will discuss the invisible impacts of climate disasters and whether (or what kind of) recovery is possible. Using the timely example of megafires, their dialogue will make connections between art and research. The conversation will be moderated by CGC | Paris Climate Response Lead Mélody Braun.


Josh DeVincenzo (2023-24 Faculty Visitor) is the Assistant Director of Training and Education and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Climate School's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Josh's research interests examine the relationship between climate change and mental models. Josh's expertise lies in developing lifelong learning experiences on disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and resilience. He has created national-scale curricula in the United States on disaster financial literacy, economic impact analysis, and community partnerships. Josh aims to provide accessible and quality educational programming on a large scale, focusing on climate change and equity. He has published his work on climate pedagogy and cognition in esteemed journals and outlets such as the Journal of International Affairs, Routledge, State of Planet, and the Hill. Josh holds a master's degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Maxime Riché is a photographer & director who lives and works in Paris. For over 12 years, in a line of work he defines as “speculative documentary”, he has dealt with our ability to adapt to the upheavals of our environment and the evolution of our living habits imposed by these new conditions. He is the winner of Prix Maison Blanche, Passe-Partout Prize, Fotografia Europea, a grantee of the French National Center for the Arts (Cnap), finalist for Prix Swiss Life à 4 mains and Grand Prix Vevey, and twice Prix Pictet nominee. He is a contributor to GEO, M le magazine du Monde, Wired, a member of the editorial committee of Revue EPIC︎︎︎ and trained for educational photography workshops by the Diagonal network︎︎︎. In 2023, Maxime is artist-in-residence at La Capsule and the International College of Photography︎︎︎ in Paris for a carte blanche on climbing, in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic games. 

Maxime Riché’s book Paradise, featuring over 70 photographs and unpublished documents, is due for publication in early 2024. Pre-order your signed book before December 15, 2023.


Mélody Braun is a Senior Staff Associate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), seconded as Climate Response Lead to Columbia Global Centers | Paris, to help connect and expand climate engagement and partnerships between New York and France/Europe.


Columbia Global Centers | Paris addresses pressing global issues that are at the forefront of international education and research: agency and gender; climate and the environment; critical dialogues for just societies; encounters in the arts; and health and medical science.

Each year the Institute for Ideas and Imagination brings together a cohort of 14-15 Fellows, half of them Columbia faculty and post-docs, the other half artists and writers from around the world, to spend a year together in work and conversation. The Institute fosters intellectual and creative diversity unconstrained by medium and discipline through the interaction of the arts and academia.


The Columbia Climate School's mission is to develop and inspire knowledge-based solutions and educate future leaders for just and prosperous societies on a healthy planet. 


Nestled in the Montparnasse district, Reid Hall hosts several Columbia University initiatives: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Columbia Undergraduate Programs, M.A. in History and Literature, and the GSAPP Shape of Two Cities Program. This unique combination of resources is enhanced by our global network whose mission is to expand the University's engagement the world over through educational programs, research initiatives, regional partnerships, and public events.

The views and opinions expressed by speakers and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of Columbia Global Centers | Paris or its affiliates.