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Workshop on historicizing climate change

How future historians will discuss climate change is the question at the center of “Historicizing Climate Change,” a workshop held on May 2 and 3, 2014, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University.  The public workshop is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ (PIIRS) research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change.  

On Friday, May 2, the panels include “Writing the Intellectual History of Climate Change” (9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.); “Coming to Terms with the Future” (11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.); “Normative Questions: How Can We Value the Future?” (2:15  – 4:00 p.m.); and “Limits of Quantification: The Distinction between Risk and Uncertainty” (4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.).

Saturday, May 3, panels include “Limits of Quantification: Economics of Climate Change” (9: 00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.); and “Present-Day Equity” (11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.). The workshop will conclude at 1 p.m.

Click here for a full program.

Attendees are asked to register with Kathleen Allen, kballen@princeton.edu or 609-258-5978, in advance of the workshop. Please read the relevant papers prior to the event: they will be available to anyone with a Princeton University Net ID online at www.princeton.edu/piirs/research-communities/communicating-uncertainty. Those without a Princeton Net ID should contact Kathleen Allen.

The research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change, is codirected by Marc Fleurbaey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Robert O. Keohane, professor of international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Melissa Lane, professor of politics and director of the Program in Values and Public Life; Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Stephen Pacala, Fredrick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Harold Shapiro, president emeritus of Princeton University, and professor of economics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Robert Socolow is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, kballen@princeton.edu or 609-258-5078. Visit the Research Community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change on the Web.