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Scientific Consensus, Policy Stalemate: Climate Change, Values, and Politics

Willis Jenkins, Deborah Lawrence

October 3, 2016, 12:30PM

Willis JenkinsDeborah Lawrence

This fall’s Great Issues program will focus on the political challenges of climate change. Our initial event, co-sponsored by the Miller Center’s First Year Program, features UVA faculty members Deborah Lawrence and Willis Jenkins. The panel will focus on the question of why the scientific consensus on the issue of climate change has thus far resulted in only limited policy action in the United States. Lawrence and Jenkins will draw on their essays for the First Year Project’s forthcoming volume on Science, Technology, and Values.


Willis Jenkins is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. His research works along intersections of religious ethics with the environmental humanities. He is the author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity, which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence, and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, which won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise.


Deborah Lawrence is a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. Her current research addresses the challenge of understanding and minimizing climate impacts from forest use in the tropics and around the globe. She is the recipient of a Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholarship. 

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Great Issues: Our Great Issues programming provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.

Kimberley Strassel

PART OF AMFM's NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, TBD, 2016/Nationally, TBD, 2016

Kimberley Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and since 2007 has written the “Potomac Watch” column. In her new book, The Intimidation Game, she argues that the Left is leading a coordinated campaign to limit free speech and opposition in America. A book signing will follow her appearance. Photo credit: Violetta Markelou

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The Future of American Conservatism


American Forum - Is There a War on Cops?

Heather Mac Donald

October 10, 2016, 11:00AM

Heather Mac Donald

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 23, 2016/Nationally, October 26, 2016

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal where her work has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and racial profiling, homelessness, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her current book, The War on Cops, argues that raced-based attacks on the criminal justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.  A book signing will follow her appearance.

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