Cross Cutting Initiative Seminar Series - Fall 2005

Inaugural Lecture, Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Economics of Sustainable Development

Population Growth, Natural Resources and Economics

September 22, 2005, 4-6pm, Room 555 Lerner Hall

 

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Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.

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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities For Our Time

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 4-6pm, Room 555 Lerner Hall

 

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Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.

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About Jeffrey D. Sachs
Scientific American September 2005
Time Magazine March 2005
The African Challenge: The Mission

 


Natural Hazards: Barriers to Human Development?

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 4-6pm, Satow Room, Lerner Hall

 

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Moderator:
John C. Mutter, Deputy Director/Associate Vice Provost of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Professor of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Panelists:
Art Lerner-Lam, Senior Research Scientist, Associate Director Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University

Marc Levy, Heads the Science Applications group at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and is an adjunct faculty member of the School of International and Public Affairs

Dirk Salomons, Director of the Program for Humanitarian Affairs at the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

Jane Carter Ingram, Earth Institute Research Fellow researching the relationship between conservation and poverty alleviation in developing countries

Irwin Redlener, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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Art Lerner-Lam: Flash | PDF
Dirk Salomons : Flash | PDF
Jane Carter Ingram : Flash | PDF

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Biodiversity and Sustainability: The Implausibility of Sustainable Development in an Age of Mass Extinction

Thursday, November 3, 2005, 4-6pm, Satow Room, Lerner Hall

 

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Speaker:
Shahid Naeem, Department Chair for Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.  He is also part of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology department. 

 


Understanding Katrina: Co-Sponsored Between the Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs

Friday, Novermber 11, 2005, 10am-2pm, Faculty Room, Low Library

 

The wide-spread damage caused by Hurricane Katrina exposed serious weaknesses in society's ability to incorporate a scientific understanding of the Earth and its environment into its political and economic priorities.  The Earth Institute, Columbia University, will present a half-day conference examining a broad range of issues raised by Katrina, from scientific issues such as global warming to public decision-making processes, policy options, and mitigation strategies, as well as the wide array of socio-economic questions that have arisen in the aftermath of the storm.

Opening Remarks

John Mutter opening remarks
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John Mutter, professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

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Session 1 - Examining the Science: Physical Phenomenon, Predictability and Uncertainties of Hurricanes

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Moderator:
Richard Seager, Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Session 2 - Challenging Development: Physical and Social Vulnerabilities

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Moderator:
Art Lerner-Lam, Doherty Senior Research Scientist, and director of the Center for Hazards and Risk Research, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Session 3 - Learning Lessons: Social Consequence of Katrina

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Moderator:
Tanya Heikkila, assistant professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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Concluding Remarks

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Kai Erikson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology and American Studies, Yale University

 

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Robert Pollack, professor, Biological Science, Columbia University, director, The Center for the Study of Science & Religion, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

 

 


What Economists Think About Sustainability

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 4-6pm, Room: Morris Room, Faculty House

 

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Speaker:
Geoffrey Heal, Director of the Center for Economy Environment & Society, and the Paul Garrett Professor on Public Policy and Business Responsibility at Columbia Business School