Upcoming Event: Theda Skocpol to lecture on climate change at TU on August 7th

Skocpol-FlyerOn Wednesday, August 7th, Dr. Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, will present a public lecture, “Naming the Problem: Extremism and the Fight Against Climate Change” at the University of Tulsa’s Alan Chapman Activity Center. The free public lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a wine and dessert reception (click here for a flyer for the event and visit the event page on Facebook if you want to let us know  you’re coming).
Based on a recent report that generated considerable attention and controversy, Prof. 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.
Theda 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. Dr. 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 7th, Dr. Skocpol will help convene the initial meeting of SSN Oklahoma, an emerging multidisciplinary network of scholars from across Oklahoma. Please contact David Blatt (dblatt@okpolicy.org) if you’d like to learn more about participating in SSN Oklahoma.

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


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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