Zurich Funds Distinguished Visitors

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors program allows the Bren School to host international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.


Distinguished Visitors for Winter Quarter 2017

John Krebs, Oxford University; Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, UK Climate Change Committee; Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom Parliament
Dr. Krebs was in residence at the Bren School Jan. 24-28, 2017. This was Professor Krebs's second visit to the Bren School. He visited previously in January 2016. His public colloquium took place Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Bren Hall 1414.
See the video of John Krebs's public colloquium here.

John Krebs is a non-political-party member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee. From 2010-2014, he chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords, and from 2005-2015 he was principal of Jesus College at Oxford University. He earned both his bachelor's degree in zoology and his PhD in population biology at Oxford. Dr. Krebs served as the inaugural head of the UK Food Standards Agency from 2000-2005, and as chief executive of the UK Natural Environment Research Council from 1994-1999. He has been a professor at Oxford since 1988. Dr. Krebs is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 300 scientific articles, commentaries, and books and received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to science.

Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
Jonathan Foley was in residence at the Bren School Feb. 21-25, 2017. His public colloquium took place Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Bren Hall 1414.
See the video of Jonathan Foley's public colloquium here.

Jonathan Foley leads the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world. His research has been focused on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. His work in expanding understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, global food security, and the sustainability of the world’s resources has led to his becoming a trusted advisor to governments, environmental groups, foundations, NGOs, and business leaders around the world. Foley spent over two decades leading interdisciplinary university programs focused on solving global environmental issues. Most recently, he was the director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was also a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. He is also a former professor of the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Climate, People and Environment Program (CPEP) and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Dr. Foley has published widely in top scientific journals and the popular press. A noted science communicator, his presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED.

Distinguished Visitor for Spring Quarter 2017

Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy; Affiliated Professor of Law; Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics; Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University.
Dale Jamieson was in residence at the Bren School in May 2017. His public colloquium took place Wednesday, May 24 in Bren Hall 1414.

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at New York University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to have won both the Dean's award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor's award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash University in Australia, and is a former member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

He is the author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed--and What It Means For Our Future (Oxford, 2014), Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy, 2nd Edition (Oxford, 2012) with Lori Gruen and Chris Schlottmann, and has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Love in the Anthropocene (OR, 2015), a collection of short stories and essays written with the novelist Bonnie Nadzam.

He is on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Humanities, Environmental Ethics; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Engineering Ethics; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics; and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of Global Programs in the National Atmospheric and Aeronautics Administration.


Past Zurich Distinguished Visitors
Lord John Krebs, January 2016; see the video
Steve Polasky, May 2015
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Charles Godfray, April 2015; see the video
Tim Flannery, May 2014; see the video
Tom Swetnam, March 2014; see the video
Don Wuebbles, May 2013
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Margaret Davidson, April 2013; see the video
Andy Revkin, May 2012; see the video
Edward S. Rubin, February 2012; see the video
Dennis Ojima, October 2011; see the video
Denny Ellerman, March 2011;see the video
Virgilio Viana, October 2010; see the video
Mike Toman, April 2010; see the video
Matt Kahn, January 2010; see the video
Lynn Scarlett, October 2009; see the video
Richard Duke, April 2009; see the video
Thomas Lyon, February 2009; see the video
Stephen Schneider, October 2008; see the video