Climate change panel kicks off Iowa State lecture series

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Lectures Program is starting the academic year with a panel of ISU experts discussing the effects of climate change and what can be done to mitigate or change the current situation.

“The Uninhabitable Earth? Climate Change and Your Future” will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept 2, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public. This event will also be livestreamed online.

The panel will discuss the effects of climate change — particularly political, psychological, and economic consequences — and potential mitigation measures.

Panelists will include:

  • Craig Anderson, Distinguished Professor of psychology
  • Robert C. Brown, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering and director of the ISU Bioeconomy Institute
  • Amy Erica Smith, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and associate professor of political science
  • Yu Wang, associate professor of global energy policy and political science

The panel will be moderated by Karen Kedrowski, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and professor of political science.

Karen Kedrowski

Karen Kedrowski

This event celebrates ISU alumnus Dwight Ink’s 99th birthday (which is Sept. 9). Ink is a native Iowan, accomplished civil servant with extraordinary contributions to government and governing, and a trusted advisor to seven U.S. presidents. Ink grew up in a poverty-stricken rural family during the Great Depression. He entered Iowa State College in 1940, and left to serve in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He returned to Ames and in 1947 was the first ISU student to earn a degree in government.

This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the political science department, Catt Center for Women and Politics, and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.