Humanities Institute

Humanities Institute Co-Sponsors Bill McKibben Discussion

Tue, April 8, 2014
Humanities Institute Co-Sponsors Bill McKibben Discussion

If a transition away from fossil fuels is the key to a sustainable future, shouldn’t institutions of higher education be leading the way? If divestment from fossil fuels is an impractical and ineffective means of accomplishing social and environmental change, should our energies be focused elsewhere?  Regardless, isn’t it the role of colleges and universities to encourage critical thinking on the topic?

A national movement, spearheaded by organizations such as, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and the Sustainable Endowments Institute, is encouraging students to ask their institutions to think critically about and change the way they invest.   Join us for a discussion with Mr. Bill McKibben, founder of and Dr. David Spence, professor of law, business, and regulation in the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law.  The discussion will focus on the recent movement aimed at higher education to divest their endowment funds from fossil fuels. 

Jim Walker, UT Austin Director of Sustainability, will moderate the conversation. The lecture will be held and taped in KLRU Studio 6A, theMoody College of Communication, CMB.

Stay afterward for a live-stream viewing party of President Bill Clinton's Civil Rights Summit Address at 7:00 PM.

This year’s University Lecture Series on Sustainability is co-sponsored by the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Difficult Dialogues program of the Humanities Institute through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship, and the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability.

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