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Taplin Environmental Lectures Series

Endowed by Frank Taplin ’37, the Taplin Environmental Lecture Series at the Princeton Environmental Institute was established in 1997. The Taplin series brings accomplished scholars and other environmental leaders from industry, government, NGOs, and the private sector to the Princeton University campus to give lectures on a range of topics including the environmental humanities, climate science and policy, economics and sustainability, environmental ethics, federal land use policy, and the role of science, technology and industry in environmental mitigation. All lectures are open to the public.

2012 Taplin Environmental Lecture

Creative Solutions at the Interface of Science and Policy

Spring 2012

Speaker: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

(Relating article) (Video)

Climate Change: A Scientist's Perspective

Climate Change: A Scientist's Perspective

Spring 2011

Speaker: Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

(Relating article) (Video)

Taplin 2008

Sustainability and the Future

Fall 2008

Speaker: Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden


Taplin 2007

Negotiating the Post-Kyoto Climate Change Framework

Spring 2007

Speaker: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Earth Institute, Columbia University

(Relating article)

Taplin 2005

Cities in the Wilderness

Fall 2005

Speaker: Bruce Babbitt, former Governor of Arizona; Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton administration.

Powers and Responsibilities -- The Role of Corporations in Human Progress

Fall 2004

Speaker: John Browne, Group Chief Executive, BP

(Relating article)

Taplin 2004

Perfect Order, Recognizing Complexity in Bali

Spring 2004

Speaker: Steve Lansing, Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona

Global Warming and the USA: Sparking Re-Engagement

Spring 2003

Speaker: Fred Krupp, President Environmental Defense

Taplin 2002

Some Paradoxes of Sustainability: Empirical and Theoretical

Spring 2002

Speaker: Kenneth Arrow, Professor of Economics and Operations, Stanford University

Taplin 2000

The Responsibility of the Corporation to the Environment in the 21st Century

Spring 2000

Speaker: William Clay Ford Jr., Chairman, Ford Motor Company

Taplin 2000

World Enough and Time: A Global Investment for the Environment

Spring 2000

Speaker: Rita Colwell, director, National Science Foundation

Taplin 1999

Global Public Goods and the Problem of Climate Change

Spring 1999

Speaker: William D. Nordhaus, Professor of Economics, Yale University

The Issue of Human-Induced Global Climate Change: The Interplay Between Science and Politics

Winter 1998

Speaker: Burt Bolin, Professor of Meteorology, Emeritus, Stockholm University

Environmental Ethics, Ecology and the Controversy Over Ecosystem Integrity

Winter 1997

Speaker: Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Distinguished Research Professor, Philosophy of Science, Ethics and Public Policy, University of South Florida

Taplin 1997

Civilization and Madness: The Great BSE Scare of 1996

Spring 1997

Speaker: Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science Policy and Law, Cornell University