Wiener Auditorium, ground floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Should Harvard divest from fossil fuels to address the climate change crisis? A Harvard Kennedy School debate will address the arguments pro and con of a controversial global fossil fuel divestment campaign.

At Harvard, activist groups of students, faculty and alumni are stepping up pressure on the University to divest its endowment assets from fossil fuel companies and invest instead in clean energy. The University’s position is that fossil fuel divestment is not “warranted or wise” for an academic institution, saying Harvard’s commitment to fighting climate change comes through research, teaching and other campus initiatives.

Over 180 institutions, including Stanford University, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the World Council of Churches, have divested either from coal alone or fossil fuels of all types.

Please join us for a divestment debate between two faculty members:

  • Against divestment: Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University.
  • For divestment: James Engell, Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University.