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2019 Adams Symposium: Why is Climate Change so Difficult to Address or Stop? – Day Two

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


The third annual symposium in honor of distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919–2003) will examine the problems of climate change and environmental ethics. The keynote speaker is Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, who argues that the humanities must engage with the ethical and political challenges of the environmental crisis that is transforming the earth’s climate. The symposium will draw upon philosophical and humanistic insights to explore these urgent questions: Why have the warnings of climate scientists been ignored? What do living people owe to future generations? What do affluent nations owe to less-wealthy nations that now seek economic development? How do we decide on social and economic changes in response to climate change? There are no simple answers, but Professor Kitcher insists that the humanities must contribute to the search for solutions. Two panels of faculty colleagues and public humanists will respond to his themes, offering their own perspectives on climate change and environmental ethics.

The symposium begins with Professor Kitcher’s lecture and a public reception in Wilson Library on Friday, April 12, 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The panel sessions will take place on Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Center for School Leadership Development. UNC Faculty panels will be announced soon.

The Adams Symposium is free and open to the public.

Carolina Public Humanities thanks the Taylor Charitable Trust, College of Arts and Sciences, and Philosophy Department for generously supporting this year’s Maynard Adams Symposium


April 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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UNC Center for School Leadership Development
140 Friday Center Drive NC 27517 United States + Google Map