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Launched in 2007, the Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability serves as an extraordinary forum in which the university community, the general public, and many others can learn from and interact with some of the world’s leading thinkers about the challenges and opportunities involved in accelerating the transition to a sustainable world. Sharing the stage with these extraordinary thought leaders, Senator Mitchell offers his compelling insights about the importance of sustainable development, a subject he first addressed in his 1991 book, World on Fire: Saving an Endangered Earth.

Ruth DeFries

October 20, 2016

Ruth DeFries

Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development,
Columbia University

Between Optimism and Pessimism: Our Unending Pursuit to Feed Civilization

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 Roger Pielke Jr.

October 15, 2015

Roger Pielke Jr.

Center for Science & Technology Policy Research Center
University of Colorado

When Science Meets Politics: Symphony or Slugfest?

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October 2, 2014

William Clark

Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government

Mobilizing Knowledge to Shape a Sustainable Future

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 September 25, 2013

Jane Lubchenco

Professor, Oregon State University
Former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Science Serving Society: Achieving Real-World Solutions

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Thought Leader Speaker Series with Pamela Matson

September 25, 2012

Pamela Matson

Dean of the School of Earth Sciences;
Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University

A Call to Arms for a Transition to Sustainability

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October 13, 2011

Baruch Fischhoff

Carnegie Mellon University

Helping Science Speak for Itself: Improving Communication Between Scientists and Citizens

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October 21, 2010

Elinor Ostrom

2009 Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences

Unconventional Wisdom: Sustaining Our Natural Resources in a Rapidly Changing World

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September 18, 2008

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Yale University

The Environmental Crisis as a Moral and Spiritual Challenge

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September 27, 2007

James “Gus” Speth

Author, Red Sky at Morning;
Dean, School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies, Yale University

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