For as widely as he’s been lampooned, Al Gore has earned great respect throughout the world (as well as a Nobel Peace Prize) for his role as an environmental activist. His bestselling book, An Inconvenient Truth, made such a compelling, lasting argument that the threat of man-made climate change has entered even the most stubborn of consciences, allowing the proper platform for a conversation on the issue. But more gravely, it has opened the floodgates for other macro-level dangers to rush into view. Gore’s latest book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, presents six pressing concerns of a world that is at its most industrial, international, and greedy. The Future and surrounding topics will be the subject of conversation at the PowerHouse Arena, which recently recovered from flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Fri., March 8, 9 p.m., 2013