Mar. 06, 2013

Lecture focuses on climate change


Climate change and the public debate that surrounds the topic is the subject of a lecture today, March 6, on campus.

Aaron M. McCright, associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University, will address "Climate Change Denial and Public Understanding of Climate Change in the United States" at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall, room 201.

In addition to teaching, McCright holds an appointment in the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State. He is well-known for his work to sociologically explain the political dynamics and public understanding of climate science and policy in the United States. Integrating theoretical insights from scholarship on power, social movement, media norms and public opinion, his main contribution has been exploring how and why the American conservative movement and its allied climate change contrarians have effectively challenged climate science and policy in the United States for the previous two decades.

McCright has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's and doctorate in sociology from Washington State University. His address is sponsored by Geneseo's Department of Political Science and International Relations.

• The lecture is free and open to the public.