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February 9, 2021

On Feb. 4, in association with Arizona State University, the American Resilience Project, a nonprofit organization that uses storytelling to address social issues and inspire action, premiered the second film in its “Current Revolution” series on energy transitions, titled “Nation in Transition,” which tells the story of the closing of the coal plant on the Navajo Nation.

Sustainability scholar Paul Hirt, ASU emeritus professor of history, helped to produce the documentary with filmmaker Roger Sorkin. One of the key units at ASU that provided support for this film was sustainability scholar Steven BeschlossNarrative Storytelling Initiative. The ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies co-sponsored the premiere, which featured a dialogue with Hirt and Sorkin, as well as Edward Dee, executive director of the Office of Navajo Government Development, and sustainability scholar Kris Mayes, co-director of the Just Energy Transition Center in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

Watch the video, or read a Q&A with Hirt and Sorkin at ASU News.