TCAN: Paris Conference on Climate Change

Dinner and a panel discussion of the Paris conference by official observers from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University
Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest
Cost: $45 Registration closes Wednesday!

In 2015 the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University were granted official observer status by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students traveled to Paris for the COP 21 conference in December where headlines were generated on a daily basis, most promising a coordinated and sustained global effort to address climate change. Three CSB/SJU faculty - an environmental historian, a geographer, and a political scientist - will share their observations on the Paris conference, the policy and politics of climate change, and the importance of citizen participation in framing the response at all levels.

  • Dr. Derek Larson is Professor of Environmental Studies and History at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Indiana University, M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and B.A. in history and religious studies from Lewis and Clark College. He has written a monthly opinion column for the St. Cloud Times since 2002 and his latest academic work includes a book titled Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960-1980, to be published by Oregon State University Press later in 2016.
  • Dr. Jean Lavigne is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, with degrees in Geography from Macalester College, Penn State University, and the University of Kentucky.  She has published on environmental politics in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and is currently conducting research on the causes and consequences of Europe’s refusal to adopt GMOs in agriculture.
  • Dr. Matt Lindstrom is the Edward L. Henry professor of political science at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University where he also directs the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in government from St. John's University. He has edited and authored two books and one encyclopedia including Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment; The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect; and Suburban Sprawl:  Culture, Theory, and Politics.

5:00 PM Registration

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Meal Service

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Program

Cost: $45 per person. Choice of meals:  Sage Seared Chicken or Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers.  You can indicate your preference when you register. Registration with payment is required no later than Tuesday April 19th at 7:00 p.m.  This will determine the meals that will be ordered as well as the seating.  Late registrations or cancelations unfortunately cannot be honored.


Questions? Contact Rudy Hokanson