Jan. 20 U-M town hall: Cures for climate confusion

January 16, 2012
Contact: Jim Erickson ericksn@umich.edu

DATE: 6:30-8:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

EVENT: When the scientific experts have concluded that we are changing our climate, why do many U.S. citizens remain confused or skeptical? And what can communications experts and social scientists teach us about how to help bridge the gap between science and public understanding? These questions will be discussed with leaders from politics, business, religion and science, and explore what we can do to find common ground.

No registration required. The town hall will be live-streamed at:



  • Rep. Bob Inglis, former U.S. Congressman (R-SC)
  • Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, president, Interfaith Power and Light
  • Steven W. Percy, former chief executive officer, BP America
  • Andrew Hoffman, director, U-M Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
  • Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy, Union of Concerned Scientists


  • Tim Mealey, co-founder and senior partner, Meridian Institute

PLACE: Blau Auditorium, U-M Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48109.

HOSTS: U-M Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

CO-SPONSORS: Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences; Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute; Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center; School of Natural Resources and Environment.

CONTACTS: Suzanne Shaw, Union of Concerned Scientists, (617) 301-8025, SShaw@ucsusa.org

WEB LINKS: Conference details at: http://erb.umich.edu/blog/2011/11/17/climate-risks-and-choices-full/