Keynote Speakers and Presenters

(Works with Technical and/or Scientific Language are indicated with [T/S])

Works from our Keynote Speakers and Presenters

 Lonnie Thompson
  • Thompson, Lonnie. “Global Climate Change: Our Evidence and Our Opinions.” Byrd Polar Research Center. The Ohio State University. Youtube. Web. 11 June 2014.
  •  Thompson, Lonnie. “Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options.” The Behavior Analyst. 33.2 (2010): 153-170.
Rob Nixon
Charles Mann
  • Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Vintage, 2006. Print.
  •   —. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. New York: Vintage, Print.
  •   —. “Charles C. Mann: 1492 Before and After.” The Chicano Humanities Festival. Youtube. Web. 5 Nov 2012.
  •   —. “How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen.” The Atlantic, 13 Aug. 2014. Web.
  • —. “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” The Atlantic N.p. 24 Apr. 2013. Web.
  •  Nelder, Chris. “Are Methane Hydrates Really Going to Change Geopolitics?” The Atlantic N.p. 2 May 2013. Web.
  • Mann, Charles C. “Yes, Unconventional Fossil Fuels Are That Big of a Deal.” The Atlantic N.p. 7 May 2013. Web.
  • Lovins, Amory B. “It Doesn’t Matter If We Never Run Out of Oil: We Won’t Want to Burn It Anymore.” The Atlantic N.P. 13 May 2013. Web.
  • Mann, Charles C. “No, Really: We’re Going to Keep Burning Oil – and Lots of It.” The Atlantic N.p. 14 May 2013. Web.
Sandra Steingraber
  • Steingraber, Sandra. “The Fracking of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring’s Lost Legacy, Told in Fifty Parts.” Orion Magazine. N.p., 15 Sept. 2012. Web.
  •  —. Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2011. Print.
  •  —. Living Downstream: an Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2010. 2nd ed., 1st Da Capo Press ed. Link to Film:
  • —. Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2003. Print.


Sean Adams, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Florida
Jeff Biggers, an award-winning Iowa City author, journalist and Writer-In-Residence at the University of Iowa’s Office of Sustainability, where he oversees the Climate Narrative Project
  • Biggers, Jeff. The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2005. Print.
  • —. Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland. New York: Nation Books, 2010. Print.
Peter Brewitt, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Wofford College, studies dam removal and writes a blog series called “Concrete Progress” for Orion magazine
Nicholas Brown, American Indian and Native Studies Program, and Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Studies, University of Iowa
  • Brown, Nicholas. “The Vanishing Indian Repeat Photography Project.”Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics. Ed. Emily Eliza Scott. Oakland: U of California, 2015. Print. Forthcoming.
  • —. “The Logic of Settler Accumulation in a Landscape of Perpetual Vanishing.” Settler Colonial Studies 4.1 (2014): 1-26. Taylor and Francis. Web.
Kaveh Ehsani, Assistant Professor, International Studies, DePaul University, co-editor of Middle East Report, and author of forthcoming book, Oil and Society: Abadan and Urban Modernity in 20thCentury Iran
  • Ehsani, Kaveh. Oil and Society: Abadan and Urban Modernity in 20th Century Iran. Leidan, Netherlands: E.J. Brill, forthcoming. Print.
  •  —. “Radical Democratic Politics and Public Space.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. 46.1 (2014): 159-162.
Lisa Lone Fight is an artist, writer, indigenous educator and M.S. candidate in Geo-spatial Sciences and Remote Sensing, Montana State University
  • Doan-Crider, Diana, et al. “Keeping Native American Communities Connected to the Land: Women as Change Agents.” Rangelands. 35.6 (2013):63-67.
  • Fight, Lisa Lone. “Indigenous Science: A Unique Way of Seeing, Learning, Knowing, Teaching.” Earth Lodge: Lisa Lone Fight. 2014. Web.
Eric Gidal, English, University of Iowa
  • Gidal, Eric. “‘O Happy Earth! Reality of Heaven!’: Melancholy and Utopia in Romantic Climatology.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. 8.2 (2008): 74-101.
Jean Goodwin, Professor, Department of English/Program in Speech Communication, Iowa State University
Iowa State Senator, Robert Hogg, represents District 33, Cedar Rapids.
  • Hogg, Robert. America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about It. CreateSpace, 2013. Print.
Allen MacDuffie, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Texas, studies Victorian literature and environmental literature and is the author of
  • MacDuffie, Allen. Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.
Daniel Reed, UI Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Libby Robin, Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
  • Robin, Libby, Sverker Sörlin, Paul Warde, ed. The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. Print.
  • —. “Histories for Changing Times: Entering the Anthropocene?” Australian Historical Studies, 44.3 (2013): 329-340.
Sarah Strauss, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming.
  • Strauss, Sarah, Stephanie Rupp, Thomas Love, ed. Culture of Energy Power, Practices, Technologies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013. Print.
Ion Bogdan Vasi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa.
  • Vasi, Ion Bogdan. Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.
Tanja Winther, Director of Masters Program in Culture, Environment, and Sustainability, University of Oslo.
  • Winther, Tanja. The Impact of Electricity: Development, Desires, and Dilemmas. Oxford; New York: Berghan Books, 2008. Print.
Brian Witzke, Iowa Geological Survey and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa.