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Environmental Studies

Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Geoengineering as a response to Climate Change: A Bad Concept Meets an Urgent Problem

Story posted December 07, 2010

Event date(s): February 09, 2011 — February 16, 2011

Wednesday, February 9

7:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Dale Jamieson is a leading expert on the ethics of climate change.  In this presentation, he will focus on his recent critiques of geoengineering as an approach for alleviating climate warming.

Dale Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, where he is also Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor of Law. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to have won both the Dean's award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor's award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He is also past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

Dr. Jamieson is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of eight books, most recently Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2010), with Steve Gardiner, Simon Caney, and Henry Shue. He has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters.

He is on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Values; Environmental Ethics; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of Global Programs in the National Atmospheric and Aeronautics Administration. He is currently a Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Project on “Assessing Assessments: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy in the Late 20th Century”, with Michael Oppenheimer (Princeton) and Naomi Oreskes (UCSD). He is also writing a book on the moral and political challenges of climate change, a topic on which he has worked for more than twenty-five years.

There will be an informal discussion with Dr. Jamieson and Bowdoin students, faculty and staff from 4:00-5:00 in the ES Common Room, Adams Hall.

Bowdoin College's Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1982 by family and friends of Kenneth V. Santagata, Bowdoin class of 1973, to provide one lecture each semester from among the fields of arts, humanities, or social sciences. The lecturers are recognized authorities in their fields who present new, novel, or non-conventional approaches to their subjects.

This lecture is free and open to the public.