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Convenor David Wood

VUCO2 is an interdisciplinary Vanderbilt think tank devoted to Climate Change issues. It organizes reading groups, visiting speakers, workshops and retreats.

VUCO2 Spring 2016 Program

Wednesday, January 13, 5 p.m., Flynn Auditorium, Law School.

Interdisciplinary Roundtable on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Introduced by Chancellor Zeppos. Moderator/organizer David Wood. With Mike Vandenbergh, Doug Perkins, Amanda Little, Beth Conklin, Cecelia Tichi, David Hess, and Jonathan Gilligan. Reception beforehand (4:30pm). 

Thursday, January 14, 4:30 p.m., Curb Center. Reading Group Discussion.

Pope Francis’s Encyclical on climate change (Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home). Organizers: David Wood (Philosophy) and Bruce Morrill (Divinity)

Thursday, January 21, 3:00 pm, BT 101. Lecture.

Barbara Muraca (Philosophy, Oregon State University), "Degrowth." Muraca is an Italian philosopher, with a process theory background, who has spent many years community organizing in Germany and working with the European degrowth (decroissance) movement. She is Co-Director of the IAEP, International Association of Environmental Philosophy. Organizer: David Wood (Philosophy)

Friday, January 22, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Divinity School 124. Panel.

“On Care for Our Common Home: Philosophical, Practical, and Theological Perspectives on Pope Francis¹s Ecological Encyclical  on Climate Change” (Laudato si’). Panelists: Barbara Muraca (Philosophy, Oregon State University), John Compton (Divinity),  and Bruce Morrill, (Divinity). Moderator: David Wood (Philosophy Department, Vanderbilt University) Organizer: Bruce Morrill (Eos Fellow, Divinity)

Thursday, February 25, 3:00 p.m., Buttrick 101. Lecture.

Nancy Tuana (Philosophy & Women’s Studies, Penn State University), “From a Lifeboat Ethic to Anthropocenean Sensibilities.” Dr. Tuana is a philosopher who specializes in ethics and science, with a current focus on feminist philosophical approaches to climate change. She is founding director of Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute, and part of an NSF-sponsored research network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management that links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at 24 universities and research institutions across six countries. Co-sponsored by the Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Organizer: David Wood (Philosophy)

Wednesday, March 16, 4:00 p.m., location TBA. Lecture.

Irene Klaver (Philosophy, University of North Texas), “Thinking about Water.”  Director of the Philosophy of Water Project at UNT, Klaver co-directed The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West, a documentary film that explores cattle ranching and rangeland management in the American West. Organizer: David Wood (Philosophy)

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., Curb Center. Roundtable and dinner.

Roundtable and dinner with Irene Klaver (Philosophy, University of North Texas), on “The Politics of Water.” Organizer: David Wood (Philosophy)