Confronting the Climate Crisis Across the Disciplines 🏆

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

With increasing urgency, it will take more than scientists and engineers to study the adaptations and mitigations necessary to address the growing climate crisis. Scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and law must also contribute to the conversation about our energy choices. Considering the unique environs of Notre Dame, a place where normative questions with local and global implications are welcomed alongside the rigors of scientific investigation, a well-rounded approach seems natural and highly constructive. How can we best wrestle with energy and climate change in broader contexts of humanistic, ecological, and even theological inquiry?

Join the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Notre Dame Energy for an interdisciplinary conversation about the benefits expansive and “ecumenical” approaches can have for society as it confronts a future of rapid transformation.

Light food and refreshments will be available following the panel discussion.


Darren Dochuk (moderator) is co-director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Andrew V. Tackes College Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His writing and research deal primarily with the United States in the long twentieth century, with emphasis on the intersections of religion, politics, energy, environment, and culture in national life. In 2023, he became co-editor of the journal Modern American History.

Emily Grubert is associate professor of sustainable energy policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. The author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, her work focuses on life cycle socio-environmental impacts associated with future policy and large-scale infrastructure, with an emphasis on how community and societal priorities can be incorporated into project decisions. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Grubert worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a Ph.D. in environment and resources from Stanford University.

Bruce Huber joined the Notre Dame law faculty in 2011. He earned his J.D. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received several teaching awards. His areas of expertise include energy regulation, public land management, and the interaction between law and politics. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and elsewhere. Huber is a fellow of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate and an editor of the journal Transnational Environmental Law.

Roy Scranton is associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English. He is the author of five books, and has written widely for publications such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Yale Review, and others. His research interests include environmental humanities, postcolonial anthropocene studies, and literary journalism. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University, and he is the founding director of the Notre Dame Environmental Humanities Initiative.

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