The event is the latest in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series of symposiums, presented by UCI’s School of Law, Center for the Study of Democracy, Program in Public Health, School of Social Ecology and Newkirk Center for Science & Society, established in 2001 with an endowment from Martha and James Newkirk. The center aims to improve scientific response to community needs and increase the use of science to benefit society.


Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering (bldg. 80, grid C4 on campus map)

09:00 a.m.

9 a.m.: Opening remarks by Chemerinsky

9:30 a.m.: University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers discusses the background of current challenges that will determine the future of the Arctic

11 a.m.: UCI law professor Alejandro Camacho introduces a talk on the Arctic Council by Paula Kankaanpaa of Finland’s University of Lapland

11:30 a.m.: Helen Ingram, UCI research professor and professor emerita in political science and planning, policy & design, moderates a panel on the Arctic’s indigenous people

1:30 p.m.: UCI associate professor of public health Lisa Grant Ludwig moderates a panel on “Science & the Future of the Arctic Region,” featuring Isabella Velicogna, UCI assistant professor of Earth system science, and Blake

4:45 p.m.: Joseph DiMento, UCI professor of law and planning, policy & design, introduces an analysis and commentary by UC Santa Barbara professor Oran Young

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