Global Issues Symposium

2016 Program

2016 Program


Current Program

Wednesday April 6
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Keynote Address: “Living on the Changing Planet: Why Indigenous Voices Matter for Debates on Climate Change,” by Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Institution.
Science Center, Dye Lecture Hall
Thursday April 7
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm Panel I – Climate Policy at the Global Level: Needs and Solutions
AJLC, Hallock Auditorium
Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Swapna Patak, Environmental Studies
Ben Fitch-Fleishmann, Economics
Moderator: Ben Schiff, Politics
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Reception and Poster Session on Student Projects
AJLC Atrium and Hallock Auditorium
Friday April 8
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Climate Resilience in and around Oberlin (Session led by Oberlin College’s Office of Environmental Sustainability on Oberlin and regional initiatives)
AJLC Atrium
Bridget Flynn, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Oberlin College
Sean Hayes, Executive Director, Oberlin Project
Cynthia Andrews, Executive Director, Oberlin Community Services
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Panel II – Resilience at the Local Level: Environmental Attitude and Knowledge in Indigenous Communities
AJLC, Hallock Auditorium
Caroline Cannon, Inupiat Tribal Elder
Frank Kelderman, Comparative American Studies
Amy Margaris, Anthropology
Matt Bahar, History
Moderator: Chie Sakakibara, Environmental Studies
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Panel III – Connecting the Global and Local: Assessing the Future of Climate Resilient Action
AJLC, Hallock Auditorium
Caroline Cannon, Inupiat Tribal Elder
Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Institution
Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Moderators: John Peterson, Environmental Studies, and David W. Orr, Environmental Studies and Counselor to the President of Oberlin College
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing Reception
AJLC Atrium


If you are interested in attending any of these events, please let us know!

(registration is closed)

Climate Change Consequences: Disruption, Migration, and the Development of Resilient Communities

April 6-8, 2016

Through the symposium and related events, we seek to address both the global urgency of climate change and the possibilities of climate resilient action in communities around the world. This event is organized by the International Studies Concentration Curricular Committee and made possible through a gift from the Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation.

Symposium events are free and open to the public.