Schedule

Nobel Conference 55

All sessions will be live streamed and archived unless a presenter requests otherwise.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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.

A Crisis of Culture: Arts, Literature, and the Humanities in the Anthropocene

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.”

This lecture will be livestreamed and will NOT be archived.

10:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

Climate Change Learning Lab and Sustainability Showcase
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.

Climate Has Always Changed, Sometimes Abruptly: More Evidence That Humans are Changing the Climate

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.
How Can We Respond to Climate Change and Meet Our Goals for Sustainable Development?

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

3:30 p.m.

Climate Change Workshops
Enhance your learning through climate change related workshops.
View listing and description of the workshops.
No ticket required for any of these activities.

4:30 p.m.

Meet the Speakers - Gustavus student exclusive
Gustavus students have an opportunity to participate in conversations with our presenters.
Listing of speakers and rooms
Beck Hall 2nd Floor

5:30 p.m.

 Dinner Break

6 p.m.

Schaefer Gallery Reception
Mykitas Epoch: Fungal Expansion within the Plastisphere 
Works by CV Peterson ’10
Reception from 6-8 p.m.
Artist Talk at 6 p.m.

Hillstrom Museum of Art Reception
Industry, Work, Society, and Travails in the Depression Era: American Paintings and Photographs from the Shogren-Meyer Collection
C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
The Museum will remain open until 8 p.m.
No ticket required and not live streamed.

8 p.m.

Recitations and Meditations on the Earth
More than a concert, the evening will be a conversation through the arts of music and poetry that contemplates the issue of climate change through creative expression. Poets and musicians from the Gustavus community will recite and perform their own creations, in the spirit of allowing a space to meditate and reflect upon our emotional response to climate change. 

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

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All sessions will be live streamed and archived unless a presenter requests otherwise.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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.

Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century

Lecture by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Canadian Inuit advocate and political representative and author of The Right to Be Cold

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.

Models and Observations in Climate Change: Understanding the Past, Predicting the Future

Lecture by Dr. Gabriele Hegerl
Professor of statistical climate systems science, University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences

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

Climate Change Learning Lab and Sustainability Showcase
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.

How Might Solar Geoengineering Fit into Sound Climate Policy

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.

Beyond Climate Solutionism

Lecture by Dr. Mike Hulme
Professor of human geography and fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

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