Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
First in a new spring seminar series on "Climate Change & the Media," sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
Climate change coverage has greatly increased in the international mainstream press and in the opinion-driven blogosphere in recent years, including the recent focus on "Climategate" science emails, the US congressional debate and the United Nations Copenhagen conference. Surveys show that the American public is among the most divided in terms of agreement with scientific findings that climate change is a serious manmade threat that requires urgent action in the United States and abroad. The public divide appears to be increasing in this country, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.This seminar will focus on the role of the media in communicating about climate change science, policy and politics to the general public and the influence on public opinion. The seminar will look at ways to improve the public dialogue over climate change.
Andrew C. Revkin: The New York Times "Dot Earth" blogger and journalist, Senior Fellow, Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
Matthew Nisbet: Assistant Professor, American University School of Communication, "Framing Science" blogger, climate change public opinion expert
Thomas Patterson (discussant): Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Shorenstein Center, HKS
All are welcome and invited to attend. Lunch will be served. Admittance will be on a first-come, first serve basis.
Mark your calendars for two upcoming seminars:
Thursday, March 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m. "Climate Policy and Politics: Covering Conflict in the Capitol, Copenhagen and Beyond." Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post; Eric Pooley, Bloomberg.com. Nye BC, Taubman Building, 5th Floor
Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:30 p.m. "Techno-Optimism or Pessimism: 'Fixing' the Planet's Climate Problems." Bryan Walsh, Time magazine; Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone & TheNew York Times Magazine. Bell Hall, Belfer, 5th Floor