Beyond Denial

Feb. 20, 1:10 pm, Weinmann Hall, Room 151

What cultural factors drive individuals to form their beliefs about climate change? What roles do science, politics, sense of community, and self-identity play in this struggle? Experts weigh in on how policy can be informed by these factors.

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Jaime Madrigano, ScD, MPH, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Jaime MadriganoJaime Madrigano is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She applies epidemiologic methods to evaluate the environmental and social determinants of health. Her prior work has examined adverse health impacts resulting from exposure to air pollution and extreme weather, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Madrigano is also interested in how people perceive risk as it relates to climate change, public health, and health care decision-making, and has conducted research on framing climate change as a public health issue. Prior to joining RAND, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and was an assistant professor at Rutgers University. Madrigano received her Sc.D. in epidemiology and environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans

1453168316Robert R.M. Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans. He is also a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University and President of the Center for Progressive Reform, a national policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection.
Professor Verchick recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama’s Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. In the fall of 2012, he researched climate adaptation policies in India as a Visiting Scholar at theCentre for Policy Research in New Delhi, supported by a Fulbright Award.
Professor Verchick’s writing focuses on climate change adaptation, disaster law, and environmental regulation. He is an author of three books, including the award-winning, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World(Harvard University Press 2010) and Disaster Law and Policy (Aspen Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (with co-authors). His work as appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review,the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law reviews at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and Duke. Professor Verchick holds an A.B. degree, with distinction and honors, from Stanford University and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard University.


Eric Dannenmaier (moderator), Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Dr. Eric Dannenmaier, J.D., Boston University; LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University; M.St., Oxford University.  Professor Dannenmaier teaches Constitutional Law, Energy, and Natural Resources Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, and directs IU’s Program on Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law.  Prior to joining IU Law faculty, Professor Dannenmaier was a Bretzfelder Fellow at Columbia Law School from 2006-07; Director of Tulane Law School’s Institute for Environmental Law and Policy from 2001-05; and Visiting Chair of Natural Resources Law at the University of Calgary in 2001. He served as Director of the Environmental Law Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1996 to 2000, and practiced law in Boston and Washington, D.C. as a litigation and environmental compliance attorney. In December 2013, Professor Dannenmaier was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  His research focuses on the regulation and management of transboundary energy and water resources.



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