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Elections Forum: Week Five

October 12-16, 2020 Events

Where the Election and the Environment Meet

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Discuss the big environmental issues at stake in the 2020 elections with panelists:
Kendy Hess, Brake-Smith Associate Professor in Social Philosophy and Ethics
Ellis Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Josh Ryor, Advisor to the Chairman, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Kevin Bogardus, Reporter, E&E News

Climate Change and the Energy Transition: What’s at Stake this November

Jody FreemanWednesday, October 14, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EDT
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard University and founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program, will review where we are in addressing climate change, where we need to be, and what’s at stake in the November elections. Freeman is a leading scholar of both administrative and environmental law whose work in academia and government has shaped a variety of large-scale initiatives in energy and environmental policy.

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Communicating Climate Change: An Introduction to Strategic Framing Techniques

Amanda BegleyAdam RatnerMonday, October 19, 2020, 2:15 p.m. EDT
Members of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) Amanda Begley, from The Climate Center, and Adam Ratner, from The Marine Mammal Center, will introduce us to strategic framing, a communication technique that uses social science methods to shape conversations around social issues. Contact Director of Sustainability Cathy Liebowitz for information.


Sen. Bob Casey '82: The Race in the Swing States

Sen. Bob Casey '82October 13, 2020
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Holy Cross alumnus from the Class of 1982, gives a firsthand account of the political climate of the important swing state of Pennsylvania.



Russian Interference in U.S. Elections

Vance SerchukCynthia HooperThursday, October 15, 2020, 7 p.m., EDT
Vance Serchuk, executive director of the KKR Global Institute, joins Holy Cross History Professor Cynthia Hooper for a conversation on Russian interference in U.S. elections, moderated by Professor Daniel Klinghard. Serchuk is responsible for geopolitical analysis with a particular focus on trends in defense, security, and emerging markets. Hooper is the director of Russian and Eastern European Studies at Holy Cross. For information and registration, email

HC Elections Forum Perspectives

Members of our team recommend resources each week to inform the conversations we are having in our HC Election Forums and in our social circles.

Marisa George '21Marisa George '21 recommends "The Trump-Administration Reforms Obama’s Misguided Methane-Emissions Rule," by Benjamin Zycher, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in the National Review.

Daniel Klinghard Professor Daniel Klinghard shares "The Future is Faction," a piece that draws from the book Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites (Oxford University Press, 2020), by political science professors Steven M. Teles and Robert P. Saldin.

McFarland Center Director Tom Landy shares this New York Times Interactive: "What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming."

Maria RodriguesProfessor Maria Rodrigues recommends "The Promise of Corporate Environmentalism," by Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister in Global Environmental Policy (Paradigm, 2015).

Ben Tayag '21 shares "New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors," an analysis in the New York Times on the toll climate change is taking on woodlands in the Northeast.Ben Tayag '21