Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Faculty Forum on Divestment

In April, 93 Harvard Faculty members released an Open Letter calling on President Faust and the Harvard Corporation to divest the university's endowment from fossil fuels. Since then, the number of signatories has grown to 164 and there continues to be open communication between the Faculty and the Corporation. On Oct 17, a contingent of eight faculty members met for the first time with President Faust on the issue of fossil fuel divestment. In an hour-long discussion with Faust and Corporation Senior Fellow William Lee, the faculty members presented the scientific, moral, economic and political arguments for divestment of our endowment from the fossil fuel industry. They came to understand better the perspectives of the president and the corporation, and responded to their views. They made it clear that the divestment movement will not go away. It is growing and will eventually succeed. The question is whether we can effect the changes we need in time to avert catastrophe.

We hope you will join us this Sunday for an open discussion on why Harvard should divest. Free & Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

James Anderson - Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry.
Anderson joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1978. He served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology from July 1998 through June 2001. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a frequent contributor to National Research Council Reports. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship; the E.O. Lawrence Award in Environmental Science and Technology; the American Chemical Society’s Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest; and the University of Washington’s Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award. In addition, he received the United Nations Vienna Convention Award for Protection of the Ozone Layer in 2005; The United Nations Earth Day International Award; Harvard University’s  Ledlie Prize for Most Valuable Contribution to Science by a Member of the Faculty; and the American Chemical Society’s National Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.

James Engell - Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature.
Engell has taught at Harvard since 1978. He is also a member of the Committee on Degrees in the Program on History & Literature, and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He chaired the Department of English from 2004 to 2010. He has also taught environmental seminars at the National Humanities Center and for a consortium of nine North American and Asian Universities.

Stephen Marglin - Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics.
Marglin became a tenured professor at Harvard in 1968, one of the youngest in Harvard's history, Margin has contributed to many aspects of economics over his long career: his published papers and books range over the foundations of cost-benefit analysis, the workings of the labor-surplus economy, the organization of production, the relationship between the growth of income and its distribution, and the process of macroeconomic adjustment. In addition to teaching and research, Marglin has been adviser to many governments and international agencies, most recently serving as an adviser on tax reform to the secretary of the treasury of Puerto Rico.

Naomi Oreskes - Professor of the History of Science, Affiliated Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies
Oreskes recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Profess of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Oreskes's research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. Here 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Lost Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-David Prize from the History of Science Society.

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