Purdue Pugwash conference to focus on climate and society


Winona LaDuke

Native American environmentalist Winona LaDuke is the keynote speaker for the 2018 Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference, "Climate Change: How to Sustain our Future," which will take place over two days on April 13 and April 14. The College of Science is co-sponsoring the event.

Following the conference on April 14, there will be an interactive workshop featuring a climate simulation, case study on climate change ethics, and a conference debate. The conference and workshop are free to attend, but registration is required. For assistance, please contact the conference registration team at 866-515-0023.

About the Purdue Pugwash Conference

Many student leaders and members of the Purdue Pugwash Conference have been associated with the College of Science, says current Purdue Pugwash President Rachel Svetanoff, a Purdue Science alumna who recived her BS in chemistry in 2014. The conference's current treasurer, Caleigh Roleck, is a junior in the Department of Biological Sciences. Several notable College of Science speakers have participated in Pugwash over the years. Jeffrey Dukes, professor in the College of Science and the College of Agriculture, and Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, will speak on Saturday.

"Although the name 'Pugwash' is peculiar and often poses the question, 'Do you wash dogs?' this organization is peculiar for many other reasons that makes people question what they do, how they go about their lives, and sometimes, who they are," says Svetanoff. "Pugwash has helped students and professionals alike go beyond today’s problems and look at tomorrow’s future."

Purdue Pugwash, the most active and recognized student Pugwash branch in the nation, was formed in 1991 and owes its distinguished history to the parent organization, says Svetanoff. The first world conference was held in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, in 1957, bringing together some of the greatest scientific minds of the era to address the social responsibility of scientists during the height of the Cold War. The international Pugwash conference was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

2018 Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference

Climate Change: How to Sustain our Future

Pugwash Conference

Friday, April 13, 2018

West Faculty Lounge, Purdue Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

6 to 6:30 p.m.: Onsite registration

6:30 to 7 p.m.: Introductory remarks

7 to 8 p.m.: Keynote address by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist, followed by 20-minute Q&A

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stewart Center, Room 279

8:30 to 9: a.m.: Registration and breakfast

9 to 10 a.m.: Manjana Milkoreit, Assistant Professor of Political Science

10 to 11 a.m.: Jeffrey Dukes, Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Stewart Center, Room 278

11 a.m. to noon: Lafayette Columbian Park Zoo presentation

Pugwash Conference ends.

Pugwash Workshop

Stewart Center, Room 278

Noon to 12:30 p.m. Break for lunch (workshop participants and organizers only)

1 to 5 p.m.: Student Pugwash USA Workshop RAWLS

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