S2 E4: Climate Displacement and Cultural Resilience

Victoria Herrmann, president and managing director at the Arctic Institute, speaks with host Nicole Kang Ferraiolo about climate change and forced displacement in the US and what it means for different communities and their cultural heritage.  Drawing on her own history as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Victoria makes the case that the documentation and preservation of culture helps build resilience, and that cultural heritage should be at the forefront of climate policy. 

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Nicole Ferraiolo

Nicole Kang Ferraiolo

Show Host

Nicole Kang Ferraiolo is CLIR’s director of global strategic initiatives. She was previously a program officer for CLIR’s regranting and fellowship programs. Prior to that, Nicole worked at Columbia University where she oversaw several projects including an interdisciplinary research program on global governance that focused in turn on nuclear proliferation, pandemics, religious conflict, and climate change. 

Victoria Herrmann

Victoria Herrmann


Dr. Victoria Herrmann is the president and managing director of The Arctic Institute, where her research and writing focus on climate change, community adaptation, and migration. Victoria currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Arctic Migration in Harmony: An Interdisciplinary Network on Littoral Species, Settlements, and Cultures on the Move, a major international initiative to integrate discipline-isolated research on changing Arctic migration patterns and advance knowledge on the movement of peoples, economies, cultures, and ecosystems catalyzed by environmental variability. Beyond the Arctic, Victoria studies climate-induced displacement, migration, and relocation in North America and Fiji as a National Geographic Explorer. As an assistant research professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Victoria teaches environmental communication.

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