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The Center for Environmental Politics organizes a monthly colloquium series on environmental politics, policy, and governance. This series is made possible by the generous support of Gary and Susan Duck, UW alumni and long-standing benefactors of the department. Susan passed away in December 2015 after a prolonged illness. We miss her a lot.

The Duck Family Colloquium Series is managed by graduate students. For 2016-2017, Will Gochberg (Political Science Ph.D. Student) will serve as the Richard B. Wesley Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance and the chair of the Duck Family Colloquium series. The Center will host the following seminars, as described below.



Prof. Riley Dunlap

Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University

Friday, October 7, 2016

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Olson Room, Gowen 1A

“How Climate Change Became Controversial”

Riley E. Dunlap is Regents Professor and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. One of the founders of environmental sociology, Dunlap’s recent work has focused heavily on climate change, particularly public perceptions, political polarization, and organized denial. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and is senior editor of the resulting volume Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2015). Dunlap is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association. Professor Dunlap has received a number of awards for his scholarly work, most recently the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences in 2012.