Chattanooga State Chautauqua Lecture Series: Fear the Sharknado

November 17, 2020 | Keri Lamb | Internal Press Release

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The Humanities and Fine Arts Division of Chattanooga State Community College will host the third installment of its 2020-2021 virtual Chautauqua Lecture Series on Thursday, November 19 at 2 p.m. This is a fully virtual Zoom event, with pre-registration required. Sign up at, or by going directly to

In 1874, people gathered on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State to enjoy speakers, teachers, musicians, and specialists who entertained and educated members of the community, thus catalyzing an adult education movement that subsequently spread throughout rural America. Since 2014, Chattanooga State has hosted its own monthly Chautauqua to unite faculty, students, staff, and the larger Chattanooga community in exploring a wide array of topics within the Humanities.  

This month, Hattie Peterson will present “Fear the Sharknado: Environmental Insecurity and Scientific Illiteracy in Ecodisaster Films.” Peterson will discuss the history of ecodisaster films and the pop-culture phenomenon "Sharknado" as representative of both our scientific illiteracy and the global uncertainty facing humanity as environmental conditions change in frightening and unpredictable ways.