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Millsaps College Partners with German Consulate on Climate Change Discussion

by Web on October 11, 2017

Millsaps College is partnering with the Atlanta-based German Consulate and the Ecologic Institute US to host a one-day conference entitled “Global Climate Action: Sustainable investment in Germany and the United States” on Thursday, November 2. The conference will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 215 of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Coffee and networking opportunities will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. Register for the conference online.

Bringing together representatives of government and German companies, the conference is being facilitated by the Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement (ICPE) at Millsaps College, in cooperation with the International Perspectives Program (IPP) funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Millsaps to host an important dialogue about the issues of climate change and how they impact the way international business is managed here in Mississippi,” said Kenneth Townsend, executive director of the ICPE. “We look forward to engaging in timely and meaningful discussions on this critical global issue.”

Speakers at the conference will include Detlev Ruenger, consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Atlanta; Dominika Parry, PhD, president and board member of 2C Mississippi; Max Gruenig of the Ecologic Institute in Washington; Dr. Bill Storey, professor of history at Millsaps and IPP Faculty Fellow; and representatives of Continental Tire, Siemens USA, Feuer Powertrain, Entergy, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Storey said the timing of the conference pairs well with work being done with the 12 Millsaps students who have been selected as Davis Fellows for the IPP, as they are focusing this fall on climate change in preparation for a conference they will present in the spring semester.

“Our Davis Fellows will gain valuable insight on climate change through their interaction with this slate of speakers, and be able to apply that knowledge in their development of their conference in the spring,” Storey said.