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Should MIT Divest? A Debate on Fossil Fuel Investment

Thursday April 9th, 2015 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Kresge Auditorium, MIT Campus
Reception with food to follow the event, all are welcome.

Join this event of the MIT Climate Change Conversation to learn about different facets of divestment from fossil fuel companies and explore whether MIT should divest its endowment as part of its response to climate change. Six prominent voices in the dialogue on climate change and energy will be staged as two teams that present PRO-divestment and AGAINST-divestment arguments in a classic debate format. The discussion will provide a nuanced view of the relevant issues being widely contested on university campuses, and in particular at MIT.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for the MIT community to hear a diversity of expert perspectives, to have questions answered, and to deepen our understanding of the opportunities, drawbacks, and alternatives to fossil fuel divestment and of how universities can address global warming.

Moderator: Tony Cortese, Intentional Endowments Network
Debating for fossil fuel divestment:
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History of Science at Harvard University
Don Gould, Trustee Pitzer College & CIO Gould Asset Management
John Sterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management

Debating against fossil fuel divestment:
Brad Hager, Professor, Director of the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory
Frank Wolak, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Engagement, Walden Asset Management

This is an event for the MIT community. To participate: Email your questions for panelists prior to the event to, and bring a mobile device to participate virtually during the debate.  The event will also be screened live to a webcast at this link (posted closer to the date of the event). No prior registration for online webcast is required. 

If you are a member of the press or other entity interested in attending this event, please email