NC State Climate Change Symposium

As a Treehugger reader, the chances are you are well aware of the threats posed by global climate change. However, anyone in the Triangle area of North Carolina who wants to learn more about the science behind the headlines should make room in their schedules for an important event next week. "Global Climate Change: Interdisciplinary Responses" is a three day symposium being organized by North Carolina State University. Elizabeth Kolbert (pictured), staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, will kick off the symposium with a keynote address on Monday. This will be followed on Tuesday by a panel discussion that will address the social, political and economic issues related to the impact of climate change in various world regions. The panel will include Elizabeth Bast, international policy analyst for Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Andrew Jorgenson, assistant professor of sociology at Washington State University; and Dr. Chris Russill, assistant professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota. Wednesday sees a panel lead by Dr. David Archer, professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, along with faculty members from NC State's Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on understanding the science behind global warming.

It's not all serious academia though, Tuesday will also feature an NC State Arts Now Series concert which will include compositions inspired by environmental concerns. Composers include J. Mark Scearce and Rodney Waschka of NC State, and Thomas Clark of the North Carolina School of the Arts. In true academic style, the occasional reception is also featured on the program — we just hope the refreshments are local. :: North Carolina State University

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