Panelists & Moderators

Sean Adams, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Florida, is a historian of the 19th century United States and author of Home Fires: How Americans Kept Warm in the 19th Century (Johns Hopkins, 2014)

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. He is the author of The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America (Counterpoint, 2005) and Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (The Nation, 2010).

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

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 20th Century Iran.

Lisa Lone Fight is an artist, writer, indigenous educator and M.S. candidate in Geo-spatial Sciences and Remote Sensing, Montana State University

Eric Gidal, English, University of Iowa

Jean Goodwin, Professor, Department of English/Program in Speech Communication, Iowa State University, studies civic argumentation in the communication of science and policy controversies and host the blog, “Between Scientists and Citizens.”

Iowa State Senator, Robert Hogg, represents District 33, Cedar Rapids. Senator Hogg helped form the Cedar Rapids Watershed Coalition, a citizen-led effort to improve watershed and floodplain management and has helped coordinate the all-volunteer advocacy group, Iowa Climate Advocates. He is the author of America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do About It (CreateSpace, 2013).

Allen MacDuffie, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Texas, studies Victorian literature and environmental literature and is the author of Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination (Cambridge, 2014)

Andrew Needham, Associate Professor, History, New York University, author of Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (Princeton University Press) and currently at work on a project titled Engineering Sustainability: Nature and Technology in Urban America.

Daniel Reed, UI Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Libby Robin, Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, is a historian of science and environmental ideas, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and Senior Research Fellow National Museum of Australia. Her most recent work focuses on the place of the Anthropocene in museums.

Sarah Strauss, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, studies the subjects of energy, global environmental change, and water and water and is co-editor of Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies (Left Coast Press, 2013)

Ion Bogdan Vasi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa, studies how social movements contribute to the diffusion of technological innovations, organizational change, and policymaking, and is the author of Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry.

Tanja Winther, Director of Masters Program in Culture, Environment, and Sustainability, University of Oslo, works on the social impact of electricity in Africa and is the author of The Impact of Electricity: Development, Desires, and Dilemmas (Berghan, 2008).

Brian Witzke, Iowa Geological Survey and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa