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Climate Change & Culture Shift

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Climate change, a consequence of human-induced global warming, presents a major challenge to society both locally and globally.  With presentations from faculty in an array of disciplines and practitioners in the field, this series will explore topics and perspectives related to shifting culture to do what is necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all. These topic areas include philosophy and ethics, emotional responses, policy and politics, equity and social justice, civic action, behavior, history, media/communications, art and story telling, game theory, resilience planning and more.  

The series is open for free to all as a drop-in/lunch and learn event. This course runs over the lunch hour, making it a perfect time to eat your lunch and enjoy the discussion.  If you would like to receive the Zoom link and reminders of the week's topic directly to your inbox, please complete this two-question form

Students are also attending the series for credit with Dr. Alice Mulder Geog 4920 (2-credits), CRN 23490; readings and assignments, via Canvas complement the presentations. 

Zoom link to join a session in the series:

Schedule: Tuesdays, Noon to 1:15 p.m.


Introduction to the Course/Series - Climate's Changing and So Must We (for the better)

Dr. Alice Mulder, Weber State Geography, Environment & Sustainability Department



Dr. Rob Davies, Physicist and Climate Communicator, Utah State University



(RESCHEDULED to Thursday Sept. 10 at noon)  Ethics in the Anthropocene

Dr. Robert Fudge, Professor of Philosophy, Political Science and Philosophy Department, Weber State University


From Despair to Meaningful Action: A Pathway to Empowerment

LaUra Schmidt, Founding Director of Good Grief Network & Aimee Lewis Reau, Lead Facilitator and Co-founder Good Grief Network


Transforming Cultures to Create a Sustainable Civilization

Erik Assadourian, former Senior Fellow Worldwatch Institute, Independent Sustainability Researcher, Author, and Educator

This session is also being promoted as part of the Utah Climate Action Network's Utah Climate Week


Social Psychology and Designing Better Behavior

Dr. Sarah Herrmann, Assistant Professor Psychology, WSU Department of Psychology and

Aidan Hudson-Lapore, Designer, Strategist and Climate convert


Can Democracy Solve Collective Problems? And what do we do when the answer is no?

Dr. Leah Murray, Professor of Political Science and Academic Director Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service, WSU

Co-hosted with the Walker Institute at Weber State 


National and State Climate Policy

Tom Moyer, Citizens' Climate Lobby & Sarah Wright, Executive Director Utah Clean Energy


Shifting Institutional Culture and Challenging Professional Norms:

How WSU is Achieving and Exceeding its Climate Action Plan Goals  

Jennifer Bodine, Sustainability Manager, Jacob Cain, Director of Operations, Mark Halverson, Associate VP for Facilities and Campus Planning, Justin Owen, Energy Manager, Weber State University


Paris is Burning: Heat Waves and Social Precarity in France

Dr. M. Brady Brower, Professor of History, Weber State Department of History


 Focusing on Air Quality, Urban Development, Health, and Social Justice to Develop Equitable Cities

Dr. Daniel Mendoza, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Pulmonary Division in the School of Medicine, and Senior Scientist at the NEXUS research institute at the University of Utah.


Social Justice and Community Organizing

Olivia Juarez, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance & Lindsay Beebe, Sierra Club


The Positive Economics of Climate Change

Dr. Gavin Roberts, Assistant Professor of Economics, Weber State Economics Department


Composing Community: Exploring the Arts and Social Change

Rebecca McFaul,Violinist, Fry Street Quartet and Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Utah State University

Abraham Smith, Assistant Professor of English, Co-Director of Creative Writing, Weber State University

K (Kathleen) Stevenson, Professor of Art and Chair, Department of Visual Arts & Design, Weber State University


Influencer Advocacy in Climate Change: A Social Network Analysis Perspective

Dr. Li Chen, Assistant Professor of Social Media and Data Analytics, Department of Communication, Weber State University


NOTE THIS SESSION IS THURSDAY, Dec. 10 at 12:30 - Student Presentations and Perspectives - Shifting Culture to Act on Climate

Students enrolled in the course