Keynote Speakers

Lonnie ThompsonLonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. Thompson’s path-breaking work on ice core paleoclimatology has provided some of the most convincing evidence of anthropogenic global warming. Thompson’s participation is supported by an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorship.




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. 



Charles Mann

Charles Mann, journalist and author of bestsellers 1493 and 1491, the latter of which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award in 2006 for best book of the year. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, Mann covers issues relating to the intersection of science, technology, and commerce. He is now working on a book about energy and had a cover story in the May 2013 issue of The Atlantic, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?”


Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber, biologist, author, and cancer survivor, writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment. She is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Enivronment, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. She is also contributing essayist and editor for Orion magazine and currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College.