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Public Affairs Discussion Group

Doomed in Durban? 20 Years of Climate Change Policy

Jessica F. Green, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University
Friday October 7, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

The United Nations “Climate Summit” is scheduled to begin November 28 in Durban, South Africa. 20,000 delegates, including heads of government from over 100 nations, are expected to attend. Meanwhile, the Kyoto protocol is scheduled to expire in 2012, and the International Energy Agency reports that 2010 had the highest level of emissions ever recorded.

The chief climate negotiators from both the E.U. and the U.S.A. have said there is no prospect that a legally binding plan to reduce emissions will be agreed in Durban. But does this mean the cause of slowing or preventing climate change is doomed? Professor Green’s research focuses on energy and environmental regulation across borders, so on both treaty processes and some of the less visible ways that policies are created or implemented.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Professor Green received her Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the ways that private actors make rules and set standards in world politics, particularly in the environmental arena. Her interests include globalization and global governance, international law and organizations, global environmental politics, climate change, and transnational regulation.

Before beginning Ph.D. studies, Professor Green earned her MPA in International Environmental Policy at Columbia University. She then worked with the United Nations University, in New York and Tokyo, where she co-edited two books on sustainable development and environmental governance. She has worked at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the World Resources Institute.

Where We Meet

This year the Friday Public Affairs Lunch will convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 14: The Campaign for the Republican Nomination for President.  Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 21: What Can We Do With Vacant Land in Shrinking Cities?  W. Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University

October 28: Should the Workday Include Time for Naps? Research Concerning Sleep and Productivity. Elizabeth Click, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

November 4: (Re)Regulating Financial Services: How Laws May Work in Practice.  Michael Wager J.D., Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

November 11: How are Successful Companies and Successful Universities Alike?  Richard E. Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor and H. R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

November 18: Wikipedia in the University.  Peter Shulman, Assistant Professor of History.

November 25: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law

October 3, 2011

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Upcoming Events

The Road to Justice

Fred D. Gray, J.D., one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers and author of Bus Ride to Justice and Tuskgegee Syphilis Study.

October 6, 2011, 6:00-7 p.m., Case Western Reserve University School of Law Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. This program is free and open to the public. Reception follows.

Our nation has made enormous progress toward racial justice since World War II. In this lecture, Fred D. Gray, one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers, will analyze legal developments in this field. Drawing on his own leading role in many landmark civil rights cases, Mr. Gray will explain the relationship between legal advocacy and political activism while examining the challenges that we continue to face in preserving and extending the gains that we have made. This lecture should be of particular interest to lawyers because of Mr. Gray’s unique perspective as an advocate for civil rights in several landmark Supreme Court cases and in many other lawsuits. Because Mr. Gray is currently in practice, he will also provide timely information useful to lawyers who handle civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, disability rights, labor and employment cases.

The Importance of Community Leadership in 2011

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri’s Fifth U.S. Congressional District and Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

October 21, 2011, 12:30-2 p.m., Case Western Reserve University Annual Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and the Community, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. This program is free and open to the public. Reception follows.

The Louis Stokes Symposium is a public forum dedicated to leadership in public service and civic engagement as espoused by U. S. Congressman Louis Stokes.

The symposium provides a platform for an individual, who exemplifies these qualities, to lead a thought-provoking discussion among members of the Greater Cleveland community, the Case Western Reserve University campus, and others about the continuing importance and value of public leadership in the 21st century.

Recent speakers for the symposium include U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters from California, U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt from North Carolina and U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel from New York.

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