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Conferences and Lectures Series

PEI organizes conferences and lecture series on current and emerging environmental topics. With support of partnering programs across campus, PEI aims to raise awareness around the ethical, scientific, technical and political dimensions of environmental issues, to interest and engage a cross section of the University community in discussion of these issues, and to create the potential for lasting impact on Princeton’s campus and in the broader community. The series have involved scholars, policy experts and industry professionals and have catalyzed the development of new research initiatives, courses, and sustainability efforts on campus.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series (Fall 2015 - present)

PEI Faculty Seminar Series (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)Faculty Lecture Series

During the 2015-2016 academic year, eight (8) PEI associated faculty provide insights into their latest environmental research discoveries. Topics include: sea level rise, carbon dioxide sequestration, infectious disease, urban transformation, health and well-being, environmental history, environmental chemistry, and biogeochemistry of the oceans. more >>


 

After the Spectacular Image: Art, Architecture, and the Media of Climate Change

After the Spectacular Image: Art, Architecture, and the Media of Climate ChangeEnvironmental Humanities Symposium

Global environmental pressures solicit not only technological and policy innovations, but also social transformations. Over the past century, image making and visualization practices – in the arts, literature, and the sciences – have formed a cultural infrastructure focused on the relationship between humans, other species, and their environments. Organized by Daniel A. Barber, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, Princeton Environmental Institute and School of Architecture. more >>


 

The Climate Futures Initiative (CFI) (2015 - present)

CFIResearch Program

The Climate Futures Initiative (CFI) is an interdisciplinary research program at Princeton University, administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and sponsored by PEI, the Princeton Institute for International Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). more >>

 

The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues (Fall 2015)

The Multispecies Salon: Environmental Humanities Dialogues (Fall 2015)Environmental Humanities Lecture Series

During the fall semester, the Princeton Environmental Institute hosted a series of lunchtime discussions orbiting around two key questions: Which beings flourish, and which fail, when natural and cultural worlds intermingle and collide? In the aftermath of disasters—in blasted landscapes that have been transformed by multiple catastrophes—what are the possibilities of biocultural hope? more >> 

 

What Arts & Humanities Are Good For (Fall 2014)

What Arts & Humanities Are Good For (Fall 2014)Environmental Humanities Lecture Series

Is the climate warming at a terrifying pace? Are toxins leaking into the groundwater? Do our cities have wide, gaping food deserts? The What Arts & Humanities Are Good For series asks how we can deploy the essential insights and methods of the humanities and arts to tackle urgent environmental issues. more >>

 

Environmental Humanities in a Changing World (March 8-9, 2013)

Environmental Humanities in a Changing WorldA Taplin Environmental Event

This two-day conference not only brought together leaders from a range of fields in the environmental humanities, but also prominent artists producing work with environmental import. The goal was to both provide succinct overviews of these fields and an introduction to this art, as well as to consider how these various approaches could work together for the future of our planet. more >>

 

How Climate Works (October 12, 2012)

How Climate WorksSymposium

In October, the Princeton University Press and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) hosted a one day symposium at Princeton University on the Fundamentals of Climate Science. The event featured scientists who provided an overview of the state of art of climate research in their particular field of expertise. more >>

 

Water and Climate: Science, Policy and Security in the Face of Change and Uncertainty (Spring 2010)

Water and Climate: Science, Policy and Security in the Face of Change and UncertaintyA Development Grand Challenge Lecture Series

During this Spring 2010 lecture series, Water and Climate: Science, Policy and Security in the Face of Change and Uncertainty, four distinguished experts addressed critical issues including concerns about water security; management of fresh water resources; global governance of and international laws pertaining to fresh water supplies; and the need to ensure adaptation to the possibility of changes in the global water cycle due to global warming. more >>

 

Oil, Energy, and the Middle East

Oil, Energy, and the Middle EastSiebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

The Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project aimed to achieve a better understanding of the causes behind the tightening of the global oil supply; the prospects for increasing supply and the future of the oil industry; the political, economic, and security outlook for the Middle East; nonconventional oil, alternative energy and fuel sources; and the interplay between all these issues and carbon emission control. more >>

 

Ethics and Climate Change (Spring 2009, Fall 2008)

Ethics and Climate ChangeA Siebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

An interdisciplinary group of scholars examined the ethical dimensions of climate change in this fall Siebel Energy Grand Challenges Lecture Series entitled "Ethics and Climate Change." This two, 5-part series was sponsored by PEI and the University Center for Human Values. more >>

 

Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet (April 29–May 1, 2009)

Feeding a Hot and Hungry PlanetA Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series

PEI hosted Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet: The Challenge of Making More Food and Fewer Greenhouse Gases. This one-day symposium, two-day conference explored the scientific, political and ethical questions presented by the need to greatly boost food production to feed a growing world population while reducing agriculture’s contribution to 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. more >>

 

Inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Science, Policy and Politics

Inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Science, Policy and PoliticsA Siebel Energy Grand Challenge Lecture Series

This six-part lecture series brought together lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report to discuss the latest scientific findings and the unique process of coordinated scientific effort that is the IPCC. The series was co-sponsored by the Siebel Energy Grand Challenge, the Program in Science, Technology, the Environmental Policy of the Woodrow Wilson School, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  more >>

 

A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place and Environmental Justice (April 28-29, 2008)

A Different Shade of Green: Race, Place and Environmental JusticeA Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series

This two-day conference focused on the historical and policy dimensions of environmental justice and included over 16 speakers working at the intersection of social justice and environmental stewardship. The conference capped a yearlong collaboration between PEI and the Center for African American Studies. more >>

 

Food, Ethics, and the Environment (November 16-17, 2006)

Food, Ethics, and the EnvironmentA Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment

With nearly 1,000 in attendance, this event explored a multitude of ethical issues surrounding food production and consumption and its environmental impact. The two-day conference brought together industry experts, scientists, local farmers, students and representatives of University dining services to build on existing movements on and off campus to examine food choices. more >>