Lecture on Climate Change, Human Rights Scheduled


Lecture on Climate Change, Human Rights Scheduled

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
james hansen

Raritan Valley Community College will present “Shape Your Future: Energy, Climate, and Human Rights, an Evening with Dr. James Hansen,” Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. The event, which is free of change and open to the public, will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg campus.

Dr. James Hansen is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He previously served as Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Dr. Hansen was trained in physics and astronomy in Dr. James Van Allen’s space science program at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. He is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, Dr. Hansen was designated by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth in 2006. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. Dr. Hansen is recognized for sharing powerful messages, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that he believes the public must take to protect the future of life on our planet.

For additional information about the program, sponsored by RVCC’s Department of Humanities, Social Science, Social Work and Education, contact Professor Carl Lindskoog at 908-526-1200 ext. 8305 or carl.lindskoog@raritanval.edu.

Ranked by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.



March 13, 2019

PR #106