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Strategic Global Significance of China and Brazil's Coke and Steel Supply Chains

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, October 24, 2008

Karen Polenske

  • Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

China is now the largest producer of coal, coke, and steel in the world. Polenske will trace the supply chains for these important commodities and examine factors that are affecting their prices and use. In addition, she will examine the causes of the recent climb in energy intensity (energy...

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A Declaration of Energy Independence

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jay Hakes

  • Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Energy debates in Washington are disquieting to the careful observer. Economic myths replace science as the basis of decision making. The right believes that governmental controls disrupt energy markets while the left warns that special interests are aiming to thwart the national interest. Neither simplification stands up to economic analysis,...

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The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 28, 2008

Peter Singer

  • Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
  • Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne

Singer specializes in practical ethics, approaching ethical issues mostly from a preference utilitarian perspective. Dr. Singer supports and is actively involved in several humanitarian organizations worldwide, including Oxfam, an organization that works directly with local grass roots organizations in developing countries, and supervises the way its money is used to...

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The Weather Makers

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tim Flannery

  • Professor, MacQuarie University

Drawing on the ideas from his groundbreaking new book, Tim Flannery presents a straightforward and powerful exploration of the connection between climate change, global warming, and human activity. He has a gift for making complex science understandable for a lay audience, through a deft use of imagery, analogy and common...

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From The Dusty Soil: What a Village in India Taught Me About the Global Village

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jeff Biggers

  • Writer, educator, radio correspondent, and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico

Jeff Biggers will discuss Mitraniketan, a legendary village revitalization project in Kerala that turned one of the most deforested, overpopulated, and depressed villages in India into a model of sustainable living and ecological restoration, following the visionary ideas of adivasi forest communities and traditions of Gandhi, Tagore, the Danish folk...

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Greening the Grid: the Next Revolution in Electricity Regulation

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, February 4, 2008

Timothy P. Duane

  • Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • University of California at Berkeley

The electric utility industry has gone through enormous changes in recent decades, moving from structure dominated by treatment as a state-regulated "natural monopoly" from the 1920s to the 1990s in the United States to a partially deregulated industry since the late 1990s. The shift from the Natural Monopoly Era...

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The Future of Biodiversity

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sir Peter Crane

  • The John and Marion Sullivan University Professor, University of Chicago

Thomas E. Lovejoy

  • President, The Heinz Center

Biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates due to human activities. And yet the understanding of the oftentimes complex ways in which human well-being depends on the world's biological resources has never been more advanced. Our capacity to identify new species, and understand how they are related to one another, is...

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The Slippery Slope to Slime or A Mutiny for the Bounty?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Friday, January 18, 2008

Jane Lubchenco

  • Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology
  • Oregon State University

Jane Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist engaged in teaching, research, synthesis, and communication of scientific knowledge.Her scientific contributions in ecology are widely recognized. Eight of her publications are "Science Citation Classics;" she is one of the "most highly cited" ecologists in the world. She is an elected...

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Some Like it Hot... Lots More Don't

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, January 14, 2008

David Orr

  • Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
  • James March Professor-At-Large, University of Vermont

David Orr is the recipient of a Bioneers Award, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, and a Lyndhurst Prize by the Lyndhurst Foundation He was named "an Environmental Hero for 2004" by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three honorary doctorates and has been a...

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Local Approaches for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Portland Story

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 29, 2007

Susan Anderson

  • Director, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development

Paris has fashion. New York has its financial district. Las Vegas has gambling. And, Portland has....sustainability.

While many cities are just beginning to embrace the concept of sustainability, Portland has been hard at work for 30 years. The city's setting, among some of the most stunning natural beauty in the...

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Social Capital and Natural Resources

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sir Partha Dasgupta

  • Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge

Partha Dasgupta taught at the London School of Economics from 1971-84 before moving to the University of Cambridge in 1985. From 1989-92 he was Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University; and from 1991-97 he served as chairman of...

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Sustainability: The Evolution of a Contemporary Myth

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, October 15, 2007

Stuart Walker

  • Research Professor and Co-Director of Imagination@Lancaster, Lancaster University
  • Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design, Kingston University

This lecture places our current emphasis on sustainability in historical perspective—tracing the development of environmental awareness and social change over the course of the 20th century with emphasis on developments since the 1960s.

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Towards Sustainable Land Architecture: A Grand Challenge for Sustainability Science--The Southern Yucatan Example

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, August 16, 2007

Billie Lee Turner II

  • Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society
  • Director of the Graduate School of Geography
  • Clark University

Dr. Billie Lee Turner II, Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University (Ph.D., 1974, University of Wisconsin, Madison), is a student of human-environment relationships, ranging from ancient Mayan agriculture and environment in Mexico and...

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How Much Can Technology Do to Achieve a Truly Sustainable World of 7 Billion Humans?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 16, 2007

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker

  • Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, University of California-Santa Barbara

Seven billion people want prosperity. The dominant lifestyles in prospering countries do not lend themselves to replication across the world. What then? Tell those in developing countries that the Earth can only accommodate 1 billion people at the American way of life and to live in poverty forever? The...

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