CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Thursday, April 9, the Climate Change Conversation Committee at MIT will host “Should MIT Divest? A Debate on Fossil Fuel Investment” a discussion on whether MIT should divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies as part of a response to climate change, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
The event will feature professors from MIT, Harvard University and Stanford University, as well as investment management experts, presenting pro-divestment and anti-divestment arguments in a classic debate format. The debate, which will be moderated by Tony Cortese of the Intentional Endowments Network, will provide a nuanced view of relevant issues being widely contested on university campuses, a diversity of expert perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the opportunities, drawbacks, and alternatives to fossil fuel divestment.
The event is the fourth in a series of events organized for the Climate Change Conversation Committee. Last September, the committee was tasked by MIT President L. Rafael Reif to launch an open, campus-wide conversation on how MIT can lead in confronting climate change. The committee is scheduled to produce a final report with key suggestions that encompass the range of views of the community by Commencement 2015. Reactions to the report will then be solicited from the MIT community and, from the collective input, recommendations for a path forward will be made to the president.
Additional details are available here: http://climatechange.mit.edu/events
WHAT: Should MIT Divest? A Debate on Fossil Fuel Investment
WHO: Moderator: Tony Cortese, Intentional Endowments Network
Debating for fossil fuel divestment:
Naomi Oreskes, professor of history of science at Harvard University
Don Gould, trustee at Pitzer College and CIO of Gould Asset Management
John Sterman, professor at MIT Sloan School of Management
Debating against fossil fuel divestment:
Brad Hager, professor and director of the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory
Frank Wolak, professor of economics at Stanford University
Timothy Smith, director of ESG Engagement at Walden Asset Management
WHEN: Thursday, April 9
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: MIT Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Ave