The seventh annual Fall Convocation at CU-Boulder, featuring awards and presentations celebrating faculty and student achievements, is set for Sept. 28.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for British and Irish Studies, fifth floor, Norlin Library. It will be held in conjunction with this year’s Family Weekend. Events include speakers throughout the morning and an awards ceremony followed by a reception.
10-10:50 a.m.: Understanding Climate Variations and Change, A Panel Discussion Organized by Professor Mark Serreze, Department of Geography; Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center; Dr. Julienne Stroeve, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center; Professor Mark Williams, Department of Geography; Fellow of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. Given how difficult it is to forecast the local weather even a week in advance, imagine how much more difficult it is to understand climate variations and change over time. Complicating the issue even more, discussions of climate change are too often affected as much by ideology as by scientific understanding, often obscuring the very knowledge that Americans need to make good decisions about the future. As one of the world’s leading institutions for the scientific study of climate change, CU-Boulder possesses the expertise to cut through the ideological clutter and offer a clear view of what science has to tell us about climate change.
11-11:50 a.m.: Obama, Romney, and the Election of 2012, A Panel Discussion Organized by Professor Kenneth Bickers, Department of Political Science; Director, CU in DC; Professor Scott Adler, Department of Political Science; Professor John Griffin, Department of Political Science. Thomas Jefferson observed that “An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will.” Jefferson’s observation may have never had more resonance than it does for this fall’s election, which may prove to be one of the most consequential in our lifetime. The two major political parties have taken strikingly different positions on policy matters ranging from health care to the economy, taxes to immigration. Underlying these policy differences are two very different visions of the relationship between the government and its citizens—and the future direction of the nation. As a key swing state in this year’s election, Colorado will play a pivotal role in deciding which vision the nation will pursue.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, Welcome by Chancellor Philip DiStefano; Introduction of Faculty Receiving Tenure and Promotion by Provost Russell Moore; Presentation of Provost’s Faculty Achievement Awards; Presentation of Provost’s Student Achievement Awards. Reception immediately following awards ceremony.
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