Elsie Hillman Civic Forum


Polarization vs. The Planet

October 27, 2017
Connolly Ballroom 
Alumni Hall 
University of Pittsburgh
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm


For more information please contact Sam Ressin (sar162@pitt.edu). 

On October 27, 2017, Pitt student groups will come together in the Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom to host a forum that will explore the impact of social and political polarization on the ability to address climate change.

This special event will open with a presentation on polarization in America, led by Dr. Gordon Mitchell, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication, followed by keynote speaker, the Honorable Bob Inglis, former U.S. Represnative and Executive Director of republicEn. 

Mr. Inglis will explore how American leadership and a level playing field could allow free enterprise to innovate a solution to climate change. This presentation is part of the republicEn Courage Tour 2017, a national effort that seeks to gather and equip free enterprise believers to spread the good news of energy innovation on a level playing field where all costs are “in” on all fuels and all subsidies are removed. To learn more, please visit the republicEn website

The final speaker will be Dr. Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only standup economist. Dr. Bauman led a ballot measure in Washington, which sought to impose a steadily increasing tax on emissions of carbon dioxide and use that revenue to offset other taxes.

The forum will include an extended panel discussion with each of the guest speakers, with student groups leading the conversation and taking questions from the audience.

The program will conclude with breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • RepublicEn Courage Tour
  • How to promote civil dialogue around critical policy issues
  • Economics and the environment
  • The impact of climate change on national security

Why Should I Attend?

  • Attendees will learn how to engage with others across the political spectrum
  • This forum will provide an opportunity to engage individuals that have been left out of the climate change conversation due to polarization
  • This forum will broaden attendees understanding of EcoRight climate change solutions.

The student groups who organized this event are dedicated to fostering civil dialogue and understanding across the political spectrum around climate change policy.