Theda Skocpol: “Naming the Problem: Extremism and the Fight Against Climate Change”

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Free Public Lecture

On Wednesday, August 7, Dr. Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, will present, Naming the Problem: Extremism and the Fight Against Climate Change, at The University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Activity Center. The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.   

Based on a recent report that generated considerable attention and controversy, Skocpol’s lecture will explain how the environmental movement’s strategic decisions contributed to the failure of cap-and-trade legislation during President Obama’s first term. She will explore what this defeat can tell us about what is needed to bring about major federal policy changes in the current political environment.

Skocpol is one of America’s leading public intellectuals. A past president of the American Political Science Association, her current research focuses on health reform, social policy, climate policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy. Skocpol is also director of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), a new national initiative that marshals the findings of scholars to support and develop public policies that enhance American democracy and meet pressing national challenges. Prior to her public talk on August 7, Skocpol will help convene the initial meeting of SSN Oklahoma, an emerging multidisciplinary network of scholars from across Oklahoma. 

The lecture is sponsored by Oklahoma Policy Institute, SSN Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa’s Social Science Interest Group.

(Article by David Blatt, OKPolicy Blog, Oklahoma Policy Institute)

Kalpana Misra