January 15-16, 2008


Focus the Nation Teach-In:
Civic Engagement, Global Citizenship and Global Warming

Jan 15
7:30 p.m.
Science Center 280

David Orr, Keynote address
Orr, the pre-eminent catalyst for ecological literacy and environmental practice on college campuses, will speak about how to use our "designing minds" to meet the challenges of the ecological revolution of the 21st century. He is the author of several books, including Ecological Literacy, Earth in Mind, The Nature of Design, and Design on the Edge.

Teach-In Sessions, Buntrock Commons, Wednesday, January 16

9-10 a.m.
Viking Theater

St. Olaf’s Response to Global Climate Change

Pete Sandberg, The Changing Climate at St. Olaf:
What We’re Doing and Why

David Anderson, How St. Olaf Thinks about Climate Change: Institutional Tensions and Trade-offs
Mary Sue Lovett, A St. Olaf Car Policy for Climate Change Solutions

Black Ballroom

The Global Dimensions of Climate Change

Tom Williamson, Global Interdependence and Climate Change
Jeane DeLaney, Climate Change and the Developing World
Bob McClure, The Middle East and Climate Change

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Viking Theater

Marketing Solutions: Public Policy and Private Enterprise

Eric Fure-Slocum, Wal-Mart and Climate Change
Beckie Judge, Making Markets Work for Global Climate Change Solutions
Vern Rippley, German Solutions for Climate Change

Black Ballroom

The Climate of Change in Northfield and America

Daniel Jones, Northfield Environmental Quality Commission
Ryan Sheppard, The Changing Social Climate
Dan Borek (`07), What a Student/Graduate Can Do

11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
Viking Theater

The Changing World of Climate Change

Kathy Shea, A Changing Climate for Other Species
Mike Swift, Changing Climate, Changing Water Issues
Diane Angell, A Changing Climate of Environmental Health

Black Ballroom

Student Involvement in Climate Change Solutions

Kris Estenson, Social Innovation for Climate Change Solutions
Julia Nerbonne, HECUA Student Research: Barriers to Mitigating Climate Change Behaviors
Katie McKenna and Peter Abrahamsen, Eating a Low-Carbon Diet

1-2 p.m.
Viking Theater

Global Climate Change: Why It Matters

Bob Jacobel, Global Climate Change: Why It Matters
David Booth, Why We Act Like It Doesn’t Matter
Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb, A Changing Climate for the World’s Poor

Black Ballroom


Climate Change and the Moral Ecology of Everyday Life

Jim Farrell, Everyday Morality and Global Climate Change
Pat Anfinson, Changing our Everyday Habits to Change the Climate
Susannah Shmurak, Consumer Culture and Climate Change

2-3 p.m.
Viking Theater

Imagining Global Climate Change

Jonathan Hill, The Literary Climate
Matt Rohn,The Artistic Climate
Karil Kucera, Global Climate and Global Travel

Black Ballroom

Dramatizing Climate Change

Susan Carlson, Earth Day Cabaret
Shay Melgaard, En-acting Global Climate Change Solutions
Brett Werner, How We Talk about Climate Change and Why It Matters

3:30-5 p.m.
Buntrock Commons
King’s Room

World Café 

The World Café provides us with a chance to share ideas about what we’ve heard so far. Polar explorer Will Steger and Norwegian expedition member Toby Thorleiffson will join us for a facilitated discussion of a variety of perspectives on climate change and the climate of American culture.

7 p.m.
Science Center 280

Will Steger, Eyewitness to Global Warming
Steger is a polar explorer and public intellectual who has taken the lead in Minnesota’s conversations on global warming.  Born in Richfield, Will has been an immensely successful explorer at both poles of the earth.  He led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole in 1986, and the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica in 1989-90.  In 1995, more than 20 million students followed his International Arctic project over the Internet and saw the first transmission of a digital photograph from the North Pole.

8 p.m.
Buntrock Commons
Lion's Pause

Focus the Nation Afterparty
8 - 10 p.m. Archaic Revival, the Sextones, and Christian, Nick and Family concert, open to the public.
10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dance with DJ Trey, St. Olaf students only.

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