Peterson will spend full day with the students and faculty at The Watkinson School. During the day he will explore the intersections of climate change, social justice, history, and performance in Global Studies and Environmental Science classes. He is thrilled to return to his old stomping grounds
Peterson’s School Presentations
Having taught at the innovative Watkinson School in Hartford, CT, Peterson facilitates learning opportunities that foster critical thinking and creativity. He is particularly skilled at connecting content and themes from multiple disciplines thus aiding students in higher levels of learning. He will bring his whole self back to Watkinson–a quirky, queer, Quaker concerned about LGBTQ issues, ethics, and justice in a time of climate change.
As the host of the Climate Stew podcast, Peterson connects well with middle school and high school students, who enjoy the silliness he brings to serious topics. They also like the many characters transformations he makes in his performance work. Peterson expertly explores the intersections of climate change science with human rights, history, and our favorite foods. He has spent time in many schools including Sidwell Friends School, Moses Brown School, Westtown School, and the George School.
Peterson helped our learning community think deeply about how climate change is an urgent human rights issue. I noticed that my students interest in climate change was sparked, rekindled, and energized by his engagement with them. Most of all, they were surprised and fascinated by his unique approach to activism, which incorporates humor and the arts as tools for social change. Peterson has a special gift for speaking to young people in a way that makes them feel included, empowered, and hopeful about serious global issues.
Peterson's unique ability to bring his audiences with him on his theatrical journeys makes people feel at ease, whether they are familiar with the subject matter or not. I have seen him perform to mesmerized groups of 11 year olds, huge crowds of festival-going adults, living-room party gatherings, and in crowded pubs; whatever the venue or demographic, Peterson is able to read the room and involve his audience in a way that makes them feel part of his show- we laugh, we cry, we laugh a bit more, and we always leave with a lot to think about. Don't miss an opportunity to have him perform in your town!