A panel featuring Richard Alley, Ph.D., Francisco Alpizar, Ph.D., and Danny Richter, Ph.D., will discuss climate change at the fifth Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The speakers will discuss the causes and potential consequences of climate change at a global scale, explore how developing nations are reacting to the challenges and opportunities imposed by climate change, and delve into the political environment around climate change action.
Alley, the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, is a glaciologist who has worked in both the Artic and the Antarctic. His book, The Operators’ Manual, sparked a three-hour PBS television series, and he is the author of numerous other books and academic articles. He has chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ and National Council’s panel on abrupt climate change; testified several times before Congress on the topic of climate change; and was a contributor to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize. Alley received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alpizar is the director and senior research fellow at the Economics and Environment for Development Program, which focuses on research, policy, and academic programs within environmental economics. He is also the deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program, which provides research grants in environmental and resource economics to Latin American and Caribbean researchers. His research explores incentive-based approaches to generate improved private and public management and use of natural resources. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Richter is the legislative and science director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, advocacy organization focused on national polices to address climate change. He serves as a “lobby coach” for new groups, while discovering and interpreting new science to inform organizations about climate change. He earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
The Hanway Lecture in Global Studies is an endowed lecture series made possible by a gift from Ed Hanway, a member of the University’s Class of 1974 and member of its Board of Trustees, and his wife, Ellen. The inaugural lecture was held in April 2013 and featured Tony Blair
, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The second lecture, in October 2013, featured Colin Powell
, the 65th U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. The third lecture, in 2015, featured Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman
. The fourth Hanway Lecture featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn