Jonathan T. Overpeck
"Global Climate Change, Water Security and Ecosystem Disruption: Higher Scientific Confidence Than You Might Think"
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. - Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Rooms
30th John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics
Professor Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education and the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He has written over 210 published works on climate and the environmental sciences, served as a Working Group 1 Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007), and also as a Working Group 2 Lead Author for the IPCC 5th Assessment (2014). Other awards include the US Dept. of Commerce Gold and Bronze Medals, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society, and the Quivira Coalition’s Radical Center Award for his work with rural ranchers and land managers. Overpeck has active climate research programs on five continents, focused on understanding drought and megadrought dynamics (and risk) the world over, and has also served as the lead investigator of Climate Assessment for the Southwest and the SW Climate Science Center – two major programs focused on regional climate adaptation. He has appeared and testified before Congress multiple times, is a Fellow of AGU and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and tweets about climate-related issues @TucsonPeck.
Ahsan I. Butt
"Why Did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?"
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. - Hamilton Williams Campus Center, Benes Room B
Ahsan I. Butt (OWU ’06) is an Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His main research interests lie in nationalism, political violence, and South Asia. His book, Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, was published by Cornell University Press in 2017. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as International Organization, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Politics and Religion, and Security Studies, and has received generous support from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanton Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace.