GCC 2019 Distinguished Lecture: "How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" by Dr. Andrew Hoffman
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg
Organizations: Global Change Center at Virginia Tech
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech presents the 2019 Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Andrew Hoffman titled "How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" on Friday, March 22, 2019 at The Lyric Theatre.

The talk is open to the public and admission is free. A book signing is offered following the discussion.

Dr. Andrew Hoffman is a leader in using organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business. He is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hoffman applies organizational behavioral models and theories to assess the cultural and institutional aspects behind environmental issues, including climate change. His work also addresses how environmental issues evolve socially, politically and managerially. Hoffman has published 14 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on these topics, which have been translated into five languages. His 2015 book, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, garnered international media attention.

In this lecture, Hoffman will discuss the sociology and psychology of why people reject climate change and how to address this issue. He offers suggestions for building trust and effectively communicating despite opposing viewpoints, arguing that culture is the barrier to acting on climate change.

Hoffman’s work has resulted in a long list of honors, including the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award, the Maggie Award, an Aldo Leopold Fellowship, the Rachel Carson Book Prize, and the Klegerman Award.

For more information, visit: https://www.globalchange.vt.edu/2019/02/22/2019-distinguished-lecture-dr-andrew-hoffman/ or contact J. Zielske at 540-231-5400 or jcoker@vt.edu.
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