Xavier University has received a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to help sponsor this year’s Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue Town Hall Meeting. This free open event will be on April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the James & Caroline Duff Banquet Center on the Xavier campus, entitled The New Energy Economy: Is it Possible and If So, How Do We Get There? This will be one of the first, if not the first, discussions of whether a new energy economy is a realistic and necessary possibility and, if so, how should such a wholesale transformation of our society and economy be approached?
A panel, moderated by James Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Brueggeman Center, will include:
§ David Orr – Professor, Oberlin University, environmental visionary
§ Ray Anderson - CEO, Interface Corp., a successful example of a sustainable company
§ Chris Flavin - President of Worldwatch, the preeminent monitor of global resources and advocate of sustainable uses
§ Kevin Leahy – Vice President of Climate Change at Duke Energy Corp.
Brueggeman Center Town Hall Meetings convene experts to engage with each other and the audience about critical issues of our times. There is no issue more critical than how we might revitalize our economy. Most economists and politicians agree that if the U.S. and the world are to have good long-term economic prospects, we must begin to plan for and build a new energy foundation for the economy and a new economy that is sustainable, environmentally and in terms of markets. Sponsors of this Town Meeting are Xavier’s E/RS Program, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, Cintas Institute for Business Ethics, Brueggeman Center, the Global Center of Greater Cincinnati, the Southern Ohio Export Council, and the Duke Energy Foundation.
Past town hall meetings sponsored by the Brueggeman Center have focused on topics including “China and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities,” “HIV and Globalization,” “Globalization and Ecology,” “Cincinnati on the Brink: Race, Regionalism and Prospering in a Global Economy,” and “The Impacts of Globalization on Women in the US and Globally.” They have featured participants including Ralph Nader, John Pepper, David Rusk, Mary Robinson, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Vandana Shiva. For more information, please contact 513-745-3922.