Conference Schedule

Download a copy of the complete conference program here: CCCG Conference Program

Monday, April 8: The Science of Climate Change

8:00 a.m.                  Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.                   Poster Session Opens in Room 210-214*

8:00 – 9:00               Continental Breakfast, Atrium

9:00 a.m.                   Opening Remarks

9:15-10:15                  A practical approach to slowing down climate change in our lifetime

  • V. “Ram” Ramanathan: Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

10:15-10:45                Coffee Break

10:45-11:45                 The National Climate Assessment

  • Nancy Grimm: Senior sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

11:45-1:00                  Lunch, Conference Center Lower Level

1:00-2:10                   Panel Discussion: Science is not a special interest

  • James Elser: Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Jessica Hellmann: Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • Nancy Grimm: Senior sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Moderator: Ani Aprahamian Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame

2:20-3:00                  Climate Change in Urban Areas

  • Joe Fernando: Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

3:00-3:30                   Coffee Break

3:30-4:30                   The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate

  • David Archer: Professor of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

4:30-5:00                   Q&A on the science of climate change with select speakers from the Monday session. Questions can be submitted throughout the day on Monday via Twitter to @ClimateND.

5:15                              Mass celebrated by Fr. Paul Kollman C.S.C., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

8:00                            Film Screening: Sun Come Up
Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Student Center.

Tuesday, April 9: Ethics, Social Justice, and the Common Good

8:30-9:00                   Continental Breakfast, Atrium

8:30 a.m.                    Poster Session Opens in Room 210-214*

9:00 – 9:15                  Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15                 Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics

  • Stephen M. Gardiner: Professor, Department of Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, University of Washington

10:15 – 10:45              Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00                Graduate Student Panel Discussion: Climate Change, Destruction, and the Catholic Imagination

  • Daniel Castillo, Doctoral Candidate, University of Notre Dame: Mourning and Repentance
  • Elizabeth Pyne, Doctoral Candidate, Fordham University: Bearing the Weight of Salvation
  • Matthew Whelan, Doctoral Candidate, Duke University: Hope and the Catholic Imagination

12:00 -1:00                Lunch, Conference Center Lower Level

1:15-2:15                     Climate Change and Catholic Social Teaching          

2:15-2:45                   Coffee Break

3:00-5:00                   Panel Discussion: Practical and Theological Responses to Climate Change

  • Daniel Misleh, Executive Director, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
  • Anselma Dolcich-Ashley: Postdoctoral Scholar of Theology, University of Notre Dame

7:00 p.m.                   Film Screening: Switch
101 Jordan Hall. Faculty panel discussion to follow.

Wednesday, April 10: Policy and Action on Climate Change

8:30-9:00                  Continental Breakfast, Atrium

8:30 a.m.                   Poster Session Opens in Room 210-214*

9:00 – 9:15                 Opening remarks from the conference organizers.

9:15 – 10:15                An Inconvenient Mind:  The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change                                                                                                            

  • Andrew Revkin: Author of the New York Times’ Dot Earth Environmental Blog

10:15 -10:45             Coffee break

10:45-11:45               Science in the Age of Scrutiny: Telling the Truth About Climate Change

  • Andrew Rosenberg: Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

11:45-12:45                 Lunch Break

12:45-1:30                   The Natural Step for Colleges and Universities

1:30-2:30                    Solving the Right Problem: Science, Values, and Adapting to Climatic Change

  • Jennie Hoffman: Adaptation Consultant, former Senior Scientist of EcoAdapt and Project Officer for climate change adaptation at World Wildlife Fund

2:30-2:45                   Coffee Break

2:45-4:00                   National Security and Climate Change:  Threat or Opportunity?

  • David Titley: Rear Admiral U.S. Navy [Ret], former Chief Operating Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Response: Robert Latiff: Major General U.S. Air Force [Ret], Adjunct Professor, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and Research Professor, George Mason University

4:00-5:00                    From Me to We: The Changes Required to Address the Climate Crisis

5:00-5:15                      Closing by Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame

Additional Events:

Thursday, April 4, 3:00pm – Geddes Hall Coffee House

Reilly Center Ethics Café
“Climate Change and Assisted Migration: What obligations do humans have to species?”
Maria Hällfors, Finnish Museum of Natural History

Thursday, April 11, 4:00pm – C103 Hesburgh Center:

“The Most Important Topic Political Scientists Are Not Studying: Adapting to Climate Change”
Debra Javeline: Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

*Poster session is open to all undergraduate and graduate students doing research in climate change-related areas, including science, engineering, policy, ethics, architecture and design. Posters will remain on display for the duration of the conference. To participate in the poster session, register online by March 8th