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Climate Fiction - Science, Stories or Seeds of Transformation?

Sustainability@ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Joni Adamson

  • Professor of English and Environmental Humanities, Department of English, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Clark Miller

  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sydney Lines

  • Communications Program Coordinator, LightWorks, ASU

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASU

Internationally renowned, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ian McEwan are turning to the emerging literary genre of Climate Fiction – or Cli-Fi – to tell stories set in a climatically changed world.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative invites you to a Cli-Fi panel discussion on the nature...

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Sustainability as Freedom

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Doors 6:00 p.m.
Talk 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Friedman

  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
  • New York Times Columnist

In celebration of Julie Ann Wrigley’s global leadership in sustainability, we are honored to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman will be speaking at ASU.

In this talk, "Sustainability as Freedom," Friedman will argue that what freedom was to our parents' generation, sustainability is to the present...

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Margaret Atwood: Exploring Climate Fiction

Walton Sustainability Solutions Environmental Humanities
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Margaret Atwood

  • Author, MaddAddam Trilogy
  • Vice President, PEN International
  • Environmental Activist

How can imagination and the creative arts combine with science to assist in developing solutions to today’s climate challenges? World-renowned author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will kick-off the new Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative by discussing the genre of climate fiction, or CliFi, and how creative writing can help...

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Future of Food: Dictatorship or Democracy?

Wrigley Lecture Series Food Systems Environmental Humanities
Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. Doors Open/ Seating
5:30 p.m. Lecture
Followed by a book signing until 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

  • Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother
  • @drvandanashiva

Trained in physics and philosophy, Dr. Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and organic farming and has more than 70,000 farmer-members. She is the recipient of the 1993 Alternative...

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Brewing Sustainability

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:30- 6:00 p.m. Lecture

Kim Jordan

  • CEO and Co-Founder of New Belgium Brewing Company

Kim Jordan has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful corporations in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium's culture through policies like employee ownership, open-book management, and philanthropic giving.

In this...

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Power Matters: Energy Security and the US Navy and Marine Corps

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. reception
10:00-11:30 a.m. lecture

Ray Mabus

  • Secretary of the Navy

Ray Mabus is the 75th US Secretary of the Navy and leads America's Navy and Marine Corps. He is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, equipping, training and mobilizing. Additionally, he oversees construction and repair of naval ships, aircraft, and facilities, and...

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Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining E/Quality, Living within Limits

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
doors open and dessert reception at 7:00 p.m. featuring local food trucks: Mamma Toledo's Pie, Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes, and Paletas Betty Popsicles
event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Julian Agyeman

Join Mayor Greg Stanton as he welcomes Julian Agyeman to Phoenix.

Julian Agyeman is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment (whether mediated by governmental institutions or social movements) and the effects of these on...

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Climate Change: No Breakthroughs Needed

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Lecture, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Amory Lovins

  • Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

The world is on the road toward a clean-energy system based on increasingly cost-competitive technologies. These new winners include energy efficiency, solar, wind, and flexible demand through a smart grid, integrated with geothermal, biomass, and hydro.

Join us as Amory Lovins describes how we can remove the barriers...

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How to Make Money and Save the World

Wrigley Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Gary Hirshberg

  • Chairman of the board and former CEO, Stonyfield Farm

In 1983, Gary Hirshberg and his business partner set out with seven cows at their organic farming school to prove that sustainability can be highly profitable. Thirty years later, his company, Stonyfield Farm, at $350M in annual sales, is the world's largest organic yogurt company, supporting thousands of family...

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Water Development Paths, Climate Change, and Economic Growth

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dale Whittington

  • Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering and City & Regional Planning
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Manchester Business School (UK)

Whittington is the author of over 100 publications related to economic and public-policy issues of water-resources management in developing countries. He has been a member of the World Bank’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Nile River, the Ganges Basin Strategic Assessment Team, the Technical Committee of the...

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Who is Responsible for Climate Change?

Wrigley Lecture Series
Monday, April 22, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Naomi Oreskes

  • Science Historian and Author
  • Professor, University of California, San Diego Department of History
  • Adjunct Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Naomi Oreskes has a long-standing interest in understanding the establishment of scientific consensus and the role and character of scientific dissent. For the past decade, she has primarily been interested in the problem of human-caused climate change. She has won numerous prizes, including the 2011 Climate Change Communicator...

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The Human Future

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, April 11, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sir Crispin Tickell

  • Advisory Council Member, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

When we know something of our past, we think we know the present. Some may see the future as a continuation of past and present, but according to Sir Crispin Tickell, this outlook is ineffective. In this visionary talk, Sir Crispin will urge us to confront the issues of our...

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Environmentalism of the Poor vs. Environmentalism of the Rich

Wrigley Lecture Series
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 170
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
(reception to follow)

Sunita Narain

  • Director General, The Centre for Science and Environment
  • Director, The Society for Environmental Communications
  • Publisher, Down to Earth magazine

In this age of extreme weather events and crippling water shortages it is time for the birth of a new environmentalism. Climate change is making the world populations, particularly the poor, more vulnerable. Globally, we are failing to reduce emissions at the scale and pace needed. Countries like India are...

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Equity, Mobility, and the Quality of Urban Life

Wrigley Lecture Series Stardust
Monday, February 18, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Enrique Peñalosa

  • President
  •    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
  • Former Mayor
  •    Bogotá, Colombia

An accomplished public official and "new urbanist," Enrique Peñalosa developed a model for urban improvement based on the equal rights of all people to transportation, education, and public spaces. While mayor of Bogotá, his sustainability initiatives gave priority to children and public spaces, building hundreds of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian...

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Complex Systems Theory, Sustainability, and Innovation

Wrigley Lecture Series
Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(reception to follow)
Tempe Center for the Arts - Lakeside Room
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281

Please arrive early, as reservations do not guarantee a seat.

Sander van der Leeuw

  • Dean, School of Sustainability
  • 2012 United Nations Champion of the Earth

Humans have so deeply impacted our world that the study of the evolution of societies cannot be separated from the study of environmental change. In this talk, van der Leeuw will outline the three phases of human innovation in the processing of matter, energy, and information and the ever-greater environmental...

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