In anticipation of its 100th anniversary, the Walsh School of Foreign Service is organizing an annual Centennial Event Series. Each year leading up to the 2019-2020 centennial year, SFS will choose an important theme around which to plan programs for the Georgetown and Washington, DC communities. Featuring experts and practitioners in international affairs and other disciplines intersecting with the theme, the Centennial Event Series will demonstrate the reach and relevance of SFS scholarship and its impact on key global issues.

The 2016-2017 Centennial Event Series theme is The Environment.

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A Conversation with Gus Speth

April 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

According to numerous scientific organizations, including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded. Before it, 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded, and 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. As deforestation, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and other phenomena threaten human civilization and the non-human world, it is obvious to say that action needs to be taken. In this context, Gus Speth will speak at Georgetown to the options available to young people who want to work on solutions to climate change. As the founder of the World Resources Institute, the co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, and the Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under President Carter, Mr. Speth has led a decorated career in marshalling efforts to protect the environment and address climate change. During his remarks, Mr. Speth will leverage his diverse experiences to discuss current political attitudes regarding climate change and the necessity of political, legal, advocacy-oriented, and scientific responses to environmental crisis.


This event is co-sponsored by: Georgetown University Lecture Fund, Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement, Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Science, Technology & International Affairs Program, Walsh School of Foreign Service, GREEN, and McCourt E&E.


This event is part of the SFS Centennial Event Series on the environment. As the School of Foreign Service approaches the one-hundredth anniversary of its founding in 2019, it is curating a year-long event series that convenes thinking and reflection on vital issues across the school, the university, and the community.


April 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Environmental Future(s) Initiative


Social Room, Healey Family Student Center
3700 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057 United States
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