Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis


Presented by Rothko Chapel and the University of St. Thomas

Toward a Better Future

Please note this program takes place offsite at the Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street.

Asia Society Texas Center is pleased to support Rothko Chapel and the University of St. Thomas for a three-day symposium exploring the current climate crisis, its impact on vulnerable communities, and mitigation efforts being implemented locally and nationally.

Given the global interconnectedness of the climate crisis, the symposium will explore how best to move to a zero emission, low carbon economy through the engagement of presenters from religious, indigenous, public health, energy, government, philanthropic, academic, and arts sectors. A central focus will be on the individual and institutional actions, practices, and policies that must be taken to create a more livable and equitable future.

The symposium will feature presentations, panel discussions, art exhibitions, and poetry performances. Additionally, there will be a film screening of Not Ok movie along with a moderated discussion with directors and anthropologists of Rice University, Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer.

For more information, please visit Rothko Chapel's website or contact Kelly Johnson at


Friday, February 28
7–9 p.m. — Opening Keynote Address

Saturday, March 1
8:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 2
8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For a more detailed schedule of events, please visit Rothko Chapel's website.

Ticket Prices

$150 for the full symposium
$20 for keynote address on February 28
$100 for only sessions on March 1
$20 for only film screening on March 1
$75 for only sessions on March 2

About the Keynote Speaker

Somini Sengupta, New York Times Global Climate Reporter and George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent

Somini Sengupta

Somini Sengupta, The New York Times’s international climate reporter, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent, she has reported from a Congo River ferry, a Himalayan glacier, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. As The Times’s United Nations correspondent, she reported on global challenges from war to women's rights. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton. She grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.

Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy Pollok Guinee, and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc. and Houston Endowment. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.

Presenting Sponsors

B&P sponsors

Presenting Partners

Rothko Chapel  

University of St. Thomas

Event Details

Thu 28 Feb 2019 - Sat 02 Mar 2019
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross Street

Houston, Texas 77006

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