The University of Connecticut is participating in Focus the Nation, a nationwide climate change awareness and education event Jan. 29-31.
More than 1,400 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, faith-based organizations, civic groups, and businesses are taking part in the event.
On Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., there will be a free screening of The 11th Hour, in the Student Union Theatre.
An informal discussion will follow led by Anji Seth, research assistant professor in geography, and Richard Parnas, associate professor of chemical, materials, and biomolecular engineering.
On Jan. 30 and 31, there will be a “teach-in” – whereby professors have agreed to dedicate their class periods to a discussion of climate change within the context of their discipline.
Most of the courses are open to UConn community members and the public. The list of classes is available at www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/focusthenation.htm
An interactive webcast, The 2% Solution, will be shown at 8 p.m. in room 131 of the Biology/Physics Building on Jan. 30.
On Jan. 31, Vice Provosts Veronica Makowsky and Greg Anderson will moderate a faculty panel discussion about UConn’s role as an institution of higher education in addressing climate change.
The discussion starts at 5 p.m., in Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center. A question and answer period will follow.
The panel will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m.
Faculty panelists are: Norman Garrick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Brenda Shaw, associate professor of chemistry; Lyle Scruggs, associate professor of political science; Dave Wagner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Karla Fox, professor of business law.