Avoiding Hellscapes: What is Needed for Effective Climate Policy?

february, 2022

17feb2:30 pm3:50 pmAvoiding Hellscapes: What is Needed for Effective Climate Policy?


(Thursday) 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

Perspectives on A.I. modeling of energy consumption, truth-telling rather than disinformation, “citizen diplomacy” initiatives to reduce conflict over scarce resources, and strategic adaptations to mitigate effects of climate change.

Panel Discussion Moderated by Don Morrison


Speakers for this event

  • Andrew Hargrove

    Andrew Hargrove

    Dr. Andrew Hargrove is an interdisciplinary environmental sociologist and full-time faculty member in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida. His research and teaching use a global focus that considers the political economic, social, and environmental factors that lead to environmental problems. He is also focused on shifting the narratives around climate change from doom and gloom to hope and action to facilitate the cultural shift that is necessary to bring about a better future for humanity and the environment.

  • Donald Morrison

    Donald Morrison

    Donald Morrison is an author, journalist, and educator. In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong, and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Mr. Morrison is the author, co-author or editor of books on subjects as diverse as Chinese democracy, the Obama presidency and photojournalism. His "The Death of French Culture," a 2009 French best-seller, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2010. He is currently Europe Editor of the London-based magazine PORT, as well as a columnist and advisory board member at The Berkshire Eagle. His weekly podcast commentary is featured on NPR's Robin Hood Radio, Podcasts.com and other news outlets. He has written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, Le Monde, Le Point, The New Republic, Smithsonian, and Quartz. Mr. Morrison holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics. He is married to Ann Morrison, former Executive Editor of Fortune magazine and Editor of Asiaweek.

  • Libby Liu

    Libby Liu

    Libby Liu is an internationally renowned expert on human rights, press freedom, information operations and internet freedom who joined Whistleblower Aid as chief executive officer in April 2021. Ms. Liu directs Whistleblower Aid's work supporting public servants and courageous private employees who seek to expose government and corporate wrongdoing without breaking the law.

    Ms. Liu has dedicated her career to advancing international human rights, fighting on behalf of individuals who have been denied their right to express themselves, to share ideas and to inform the public discourse. Her extensive experience supporting pro-democracy activists and independent journalists in some of the world's most repressive environments lends her unique insights into the challenges facing today's whistleblowers, particularly related to technology, misinformation campaigns and the abuse of power used to silence truth-tellers.

    Prior to joining Whistleblower Aid, Ms. Liu created the Open Technology Fund (OTF), now an independent nonprofit that nurtures the technologies underpinning a free and uncensored internet. During her time as OTF's chief executive officer, Ms. Liu spearheaded efforts to support tools that circumvent censorship and surveillance and advance free speech in censored and underserved communities worldwide. Today, more than 2 billion people use OTF-supported technologies every day, including Signal, TOR and Wireguard.

    Ms. Liu was compelled to create OTF to protect the digital lives of individuals while serving as president of Radio Free Asia (RFA), a non-profit media company that provides uncensored objective news and information otherwise unavailable to audiences in East Asia. In 16 years at the helm, she led RFA's vision, directed RFA's editorial strategy and shaped its administrative policies, working closely with a bipartisan board, its grantor agency, USAGM, oversight and appropriations committees of the U.S. Congress, the State Department, international public broadcasters and stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad.

    Ms. Liu has also held key strategic and operational positions with national civil-rights organizations and in Silicon Valley's tech industry. She has served as assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's office and is a former corporate labor and employment law attorney. In 2021, she was honored as a Luxembourg Peace Prize laureate for outstanding work on technology that promotes peace.

    She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Nicolas Sabouret

    Nicolas Sabouret

    Nicolas Sabouret is full Professor at University Paris-Saclay, conducting his research at LISN, the interdisciplinary joint research institute for Digital Science between Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, Inria and CentraleSupélec. He is also head of the Graduate School of Computer Science. Nicolas Sabouret is expert in human behaviour modeling and simulation. His research combines Artificial Intelligence models with theories of human cognition and decision making from social science. His goal is to contribute to the construction of artificial agents that adopt human-like behaviours. His research is applied to various domains: multi-agent simulation of human activity to study and predict electrical consumption in households; development of conversational agents with social competencies for customer relationship, for social training or for health coaching; modeling and simulation of human factors in critical systems. He is one of the main actor of the French Local Interest Group of the Association for Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC) and he was the scientific coordinator of the TARDIS European project. His research on multi-agent simulation of human activity for electrical consumption is part of a long-term colloration with the French electricity company EDF.

  • Steve Kalishman

    Steve Kalishman

    Education:  -Juris Doctor (Law Review), University of Florida College of Law (1982)  -B.S. (honors), Journalism, University of Florida (1979) Achievements:  -Organized dozens of U.S./Soviet exchanges and U.S. delegations to Russia  -Published “The Citizen Diplomat” magazine (U.S. Soviet citizen diplomacy  -Organized the first U.S. Soviet sister cities conference (Boulder, Colorado, 1986)  -Produced the PBS films “Ask Your Sister To Dance” I and II  -Organized and hosted local programs for 2 3 Open World delegations  -Co authored the book “Wellness ConneXion: Simple Secrets of Ageless Vitality"

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