Dr. Stephen Schneider, a professor at Stanford
University and an internationally recognized expert on climate
change who was one of the group of climatologists who received
a Nobel Prize in 2007, will give a series of lectures at HPU.
Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary
Environmental Studies. His first lecture, at 2 p.m. on April
1, will be Global Warming: Is the Science Settled Enough for
Policy? at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre at the Hawai‘i Loa
He will repeat the lecture at 7 p.m. at Tenney Theatre at Saint
Andrew’s Cathedral. This is the only lecture that is open
to the public.
On April 2, Schneider will give two one-hour lectures on the
topic Global Warming: Teaching and Learning Complex Science without
Oversimplifying at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the rRed Elephant
on Bethel Street.
It’s a great privilege to have a Nobel laureate visit the
HPU campus to talk about climate change at a time when sustainability
on our campus and in Hawai‘i is becoming such a high priority
in the minds of faculty and students,” said Hedlund.
The lecture series is one component of a global learning network
project in which HPU is participating with 15 other colleges
and universities, according to Hedlund. The network, Shared Futures:
General Education for Global Learning, is part of a larger program
initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities
The project provided partial support and a context for the Global
Learning First-Year Seminars conducted during the 2006 and 2007
fall semesters, said Hedlund.
Schneider is a professor of biological sciences, professor (by
courtesy) of civil and environmental engineering, and a Senior
Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford
Schneider has been actively involved with the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an initiative of the United Nations
Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization
since its origin in 1988.
After decades of work, Schneider, along with four generations
of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2007
for their joint efforts. He will offer insights that derive from
his work on evaluating the consequences of climate change outcomes
to determine those that may be considered “dangerous.”