Join us for a screening of the film Cooked: Survival by Zip Code by Judith Helfand followed by a Q/A session with the director where we explore climate change from an Arts and Humanities perspective.

In the summer of 1995, Chicago experienced an unthinkable disaster, when extremely high humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126 degrees. Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of this tragic heatwave, the most traumatic in U.S. history, in which 739 citizens died over the course of just a single week, most of them poor, elderly, and African American.

When peeled away from the shocking headlines the story reveals the less newsworthy but long-term crisis of pernicious poverty, economic, and social isolation, and racism. Cooked is a story about life, death, and the politics of crisis in an American city that asks the question: Was this a one-time tragedy, or an appalling trend?

There will also be a live film discussion, in collaboration with Transitions St Andrews and the BAME Student Network. The link to the discussion will be shared at the end of pre-recorded Q&A.

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The Public Engagement with Research Team, University of St Andrews

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