Climate Science and Democracy

Thursday, April 26
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Recent developments suggest a widening gap between the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change and the willingness of political leaders in the United States to act on this information. This conference brings together scholars from across the academic spectrum to address this gap and suggest how it might be closed. Together we will examine both the philosophy and the politics of climate change, exploring how climate information can be better produced, and how it can be better used and communicated to policymakers and the public, in order to bring about effective action within our democracy. The event is co-sponsored by the Logic and Politics of Climate Change project at the Neubauer Collegium and "Studies in Climate Change: The Limits of the Numerical," a Mellon Foundation Project at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


9:00 a.m.
Coffee & Pastries

9:15 a.m.
Welcome and overview
Elizabeth Chatterjee
and Greg Lusk (University of Chicago) 

9:30 a.m.
Eric Winsberg
(University of South Florida)
“Attributing Severe Weather Events to Climate Change: A Study in the Role of Values in Climate Science”

10:30 a.m.
David Victor
(University of California San Diego)
“The New Geopolitics of Climate Change”

11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.
Jennifer Marlon
(Yale University)
“Public Understanding of Climate Change”

12:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m.
Maxwell T. Boykoff
(University of Colorado Boulder)
“Creative (Climate) Communications: Assembling, Maintaining, and Contesting Meaning within the Global Public Citizenry”

2:45 p.m.
Philip Kitcher
(Columbia University)
“Obstacles to Climate Action”

3:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
Mike Hulme
(University of Cambridge)
“Reading Climate Change Forwards… or Backwards? Politics, Human Values and ‘the Rightful Place’ of Science”

5:15 p.m.