UMass Lowell speaker series examines environmental, security issues

The free UMass Lowell virtual speaker series “Climate Change, Social Justice and Human Security” will bring together faculty experts, students in the university’s Honor’s College and members of the public for an exploration of these issues this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF TORY WESNOFSKE
The free UMass Lowell virtual speaker series “Climate Change, Social Justice and Human Security” will bring together faculty experts, students in the university’s Honor’s College and members of the public for an exploration of these issues this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF TORY WESNOFSKE
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LOWELL — A new UMass Lowell speaker series designed for students enrolled in the university’s Honors College will examine the impacts of climate change on international security and the ethical dilemmas posed by evolving technology.

For the first time, UMass Lowell will offer these Honors sessions to the public in a free and virtual format, engaging participants in a broad-based discussion of the issues as they consider all perspectives on these topics.

“The sessions offered in the ‘Climate Change, Social Justice and Human Security’ series aim to deepen our students’ and the public’s understanding of climate-change issues central to our collective future and to provide an interdisciplinary and intergenerational experience that celebrates life-long learning,” said Honors College Interim Dean Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, associate professor of political science and co-director of UMass Lowell’s doctoral program in global studies.

The more than 30 UMass Lowell Honors College students participating in the event series will write and produce video commentaries on the issues raised in the sessions that will be available for public viewing at the end of the semester.

More than 1,940 UMass Lowell students are enrolled in the Honors College, which challenges and celebrates undergraduate students who pursue academic excellence while expanding their scholarship and creativity.

UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney is expected to offer remarks to welcome participants to the series. Faculty will share their expertise and lead the discussion in three programs, which will include:

  • Friday, March 26, 5 p.m.: Jarrod Hayes, an authority on international relations, will share his insights on the security issues faced by democracies and how a shared understanding of environmental issues helps to shape society’s response. Hayes is an UMass Lowell associate professor of political science and the author of “Constructing National Security: U.S. Relations with India and China.”
  • Friday, April 23, 5 p.m.: Bioethicist Nicholas Evans will discuss the public health and national security dilemmas that arise amid technological advances in society. A UMass Lowell assistant professor of philosophy, he is the author of “The Ethics of Neuroscience and National Security.”

A limited number of opportunities remain for the public to participate in the Climate Action Simulation on Friday, March 26. Members of the public who are interested in participating should email erin_maitland@uml.edu.

Sessions in March and April are open to all. Members of the public interested in attending these programs should register in advance at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScr-rSDrJUHlAu9FumMryb4B4Fm1iAY9WvpcDVX8Ldh7LqrhQ/viewform.