Schedule

Nobel Conference 55

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
All sessions will be live streamed and archived
Time
Event
8:30 a.m.

SESSION 1
Doors Open

Musical Prelude
Gustavus Wind Orchestra
Indigenous Opening Ceremony with Host Drum Group and Dancers of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ
Lund Arena

9:30 a.m.

Academic Procession and Conference Opening 
Welcome, Rebecca M. Bergman, President of the College
Nobel Conference 55 Introduction, Anna Versluis, 2019 Nobel Conference Chair

10 a.m.

Lecture by Dr. Amitav Ghosh 
Novelist, historian, essayist, and author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

How might climate change transform our political and social institutions and shape our worldview? Ghosh will explore these questions, drawing on the history of Europe’s “Little Ice Age.”

10:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

Sustainability Showcase in Lund Center Arena
Interactive learning exhibits, booths from non-profits related to climate change, and companies showcasing corporate sustainability efforts.

12:45 p.m.

SESSION 2

Musical Prelude
Gustavus Wind Symphony

1 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Richard Alley
Professor of geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University

How do abrupt changes in the climate affect us? How does the study of the climates of past geological ages (paleoclimates) help us to understand present climate changes?

1:45 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Diana Liverman
Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.

Developing societies face a “megachallenge”: addressing the risks to their most vulnerable populations that are presented by climate change, and meeting the goals of developing sustainably. Liverman will explore these sometimes-conflicting challenges using case studies.

2:15 p.m.

Break

2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q & A

3:15 & 4:30 p.m.

Climate Change Workshops
(Repeating sessions)
Enhance your learning through climate change related workshops.
No ticket required for any of these activities.

5:30 p.m.

 Dinner Break

6 p.m.

Hillstrom Museum of Art Opening Reception
C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
The Museum will remain open until 8 p.m.
No ticket required and not live streamed.

7 p.m.

The Arts at Nobel Conference
Bjorling Recital Hall
Open to the public without charge; no ticket required. This event will be live streamed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
All sessions will be live streamed and archived
Time Event

8:30 a.m.

Doors Open
Lund Arena

9:15 a.m.

SESSION 3

Music Prelude
Gustavus Symphony Orchestra

9:30 a.m.

Lecture by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Canadian Inuit advocate and political representative

How do changes in the climate of the Arctic shape all features of life in the Arctic? Why do these changes matter to all of us?

10:15 a.m.

Lecture by Dr. Gabriele Hegerl
Statistical climatologist at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Climate scientists rely on models to project climate futures. Hegerl will explain how climate change models are developed and discuss how climate models can be used to understand the relationships between extreme weather events and climate change.

11 a.m.

Break

11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q & A

12 p.m.

Lunch Break

Sustainability Showcase in Lund Center Arena
Interactive learning exhibits, booths from non-profits related to climate change, and companies showcasing corporate sustainability efforts.

1:15 p.m.

SESSION 4

Music Prelude
Gustavus Jazz Ensemble

1:30 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. David Keith
Professor of applied physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

How does, or can, climate engineering respond to changes in climate? Keith will discuss his own research to develop methods for capturing and containing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

2:15 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Mike Hulme
Professor of human geography and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Climate change is not only a natural phenomenon; it is also a cultural and social phenomenon. How do we reframe the adjustments that climate change demands of us by drawing upon the work of researchers beyond the sciences?

3 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q & A

4 p.m.

Break

5 p.m.

Nobel Conference Banquet Doors Open
Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union

5:30 p.m.

Nobel Conference Banquet 
Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union

Reflections from the conference speakers on what we can do next and where we can find hope.

Banquet ticket required. 
This event will not be live streamed