Indiana University expert panel to discuss global climate change

Group will consider aspects of major upcoming UN conference in Paris.

  • Nov. 24, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As the world gathers for a major conference about potential actions on global climate change, the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and School of Public and Environmental Affairs are hosting a discussion Dec. 1 about key climate-change issues. This free public event is in anticipation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is taking place in Paris Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

WHAT: "The Critical Moment for Climate Change: Global Politics and the 2015 Paris Summit"

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 1. Reception and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; panel starts promptly at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The auditorium of the Global and International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Ave., next to the Wells Library. The auditorium is on the lower level of the east wing, near the south entrance.

WHO: The panel will feature leading scholars and practitioners with expertise on global climate-change issues, ranging from ecology to governance and politics. The panelists are:

  • Stephanie Kane, professor of international studies at SGIS, a cultural anthropologist and an ecologist. Her work considers social justice and environmental matters. Kane authored the book "Where Rivers Meet the Sea: A Political Ecology of Water" regarding environmental and social justice activism in port cities of Brazil and Argentina, and she has written about water issues around the world.
  • David Konisky, associate professor at SPEA, whose research focuses on American politics and public policy with particular emphasis on regulation, environmental politics and policy, state politics, and public opinion. He has co-authored two books on environmental politics and policy and is the editor of a third, "Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government's Response to Environmental Justice."
  • Stephen Macekura, assistant professor of international studies at SGIS, a scholar of U.S. and international history who particularly focuses on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations and environmentalism. His recent book, "Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global 'Sustainable Development' in the Twentieth Century," focuses on many of the issues being considered at the UN conference.
  • Kenneth Richards, professor of environmental economics and policy at SPEA and an affiliated professor of law at the IU Maurer School of Law who teaches public law and administration, environmental and cost-benefit economics, sustainability, and energy and climate change law. Richards wrote the U.S. government's first position paper on the choice of policy instruments for climate-change policy in 1989, co-authored the first detailed cost analysis of terrestrial carbon sequestration in 1990 and managed the development of the guidelines for the 1605(b) voluntary greenhouse-gas reporting program in 1994.
  • Lee Feinstein, dean of the School of Global and International Studies and former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2009 to 2012. He was national security director to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and senior foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama during the general election. Feinstein was the principal deputy director of policy planning to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and was previously senior advisor on peacekeeping policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Feinstein will moderate the panel.

The event is free and open to the public.

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