Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We?

ClimateThe Center for Public Scholarship is pleased to present the 31st Social Research conference, "Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We?," on Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014, at The New School in New York City.

We have chosen this theme for our next conference because there is no more urgent issue than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant to change. In addition, while a great deal of research has been devoted to issues of engineering, architecture, land use, etc., as ways of mitigating the effects of climate change, very little attention has been paid to the ways psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures impede change. This conference examines these issues as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience. We aim to make clear how these factors can be overcome and identify areas in which more research is needed. Speakers include experts in the social sciences, philosophy, architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, politics, and business.

Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will deliver the keynote address, "How to Unleash Climate Action: Values, Politics, and the Inevitability of the Clean Energy Future," on Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. The keynote session will be moderated by Daniel R. Tishman, Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, Vice Chairman of AECOM and Chairman of the Board at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

This conference also publicly launches C6, the Coalition to Confront Climate Change Challenges in Cities, a collaboration between New School faculty and students of all divisions and departments to initiate cross-disciplinary activities that support climate change mitigation and urban resilience. C6 will continue the work of the conference by focusing its efforts on the areas of research identified by the conference as requiring further exploration. This work will involve both students and faculty and The New School.

The director and founder (1988) of the Social Research conference series is Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, who has been the editor of Social Research since 1970. For the history of the conference series, visit the Social Research conference series site. For information about other public events at The New School, see the university calendar. Find information about the more than 70 degree programs offered at The New School. For general information about The New School, visit the Quick Facts page.

The conference has been made possible with generous support from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.

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