American Univesity of Beirut

Global Challenge – Local Leadership To Achieve Collective Action on Climate Change


A Free Online Seminar Series Presented by


A Leadership Development Initiative Faculty ​of American University of Beirut, Duke University, EARTH University and The University of Texas at Austin

Global Challenge Join our international climate scholars and practitioners to better understand the challenges and to explore strategies for effective community action across the world.  Our program's experts from the Global South and North and will engage participants across disciplines to generate fresh ideas and create new partnering networks.

It is ever more urgent to address human-caused climate change, but a global consensus to get the job done remains elusive.  Will it be possible to hold global temperature rise to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, as recommended by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?    Even when solutions seem within reach, political pushback and imbedded cultural patterns hamstring progress.  Can we help find a path to widespread acceptance and adoption of policy actions and practices that will slow and eventually reverse the planet's warming in time to avoid major, widespread ecological and human community collapse?



The Seminars


  • March 10
Social Justice, Asymmetries of Power, and the Climate Crisis
Panelists Kay Jowers, Duke University, Rajeev Patel, University of Texas at Austin,​ Tobias Wünscher, EARTH University, and Nadim Farajalla, American University of Beirut 


  • March 31
The Power of Storytelling: New Narratives to Avert Climate Crisis
Panelists Ryan Emanuel, North Carolina State University, Ayomide Fatunde, Daimler AG, Betty Sue Flowers, University of Texas at Austin, Amanda Janoo, Wellbeing Economy Alliance, and Dirk Philipsen, Duke University

  • April 21
Water: A Case Study in What Works and What Doesn’t in Raising Awareness and Adapting to Climate Change
Panelists Joanna Doummar, American University of Beirut, Rob Hope, Oxfore University, Bridget R. Scanlon, The Universith of Texas at Austin, David Mohrig, The University of Texas at Austin, Carol A. Wilson, Louisiana State University​


Sessions run 12 to 1:30 pm New York time, 7-8:30 pm Beirut time​ | Panel discussions include Q&A with participants

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Program Organizers

  • Bana Bashour, Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut
  • Patrick Heimbach, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • William L. Hoffman, Founder and Ret. Washington Representative, American University of Beirut
  • Julieta Mazzola, Professor, Opportunities for Equity and Development, EARTH University
  • David Mohrig, Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dirk Philipsen, Associate Research Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Najat Saliba, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Director, Nature Conservation Center, American University of Beirut​

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