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Grace School to host inaugural environmental diplomacy conference

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To connect scholars and practitioners who are working to address and resolve the global ecological crisis, the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy will host an online conference next week focused on environmental diplomacy.

This transnational crisis is accelerating the rise of nationalism, racial and economic inequality and provoking fear of religious and ethnic difference. In counterpoint to such trends, the Grace School's conference promotes cooperation among diplomatic actors, which today include not just ambassadors but also educators, businesspeople, scientists, artists, religious leaders, social workers, community organizers and activists.

The conference runs Oct. 13-15, and attendance is free and open to all. Each day's programming begins at 9 a.m., and panel discussions run into the afternoon.

The online nature of the event allows people from eight different countries to participate. Among the 22 presenters and panelists set to contribute insights and firsthand experience to the conference are four DePaul faculty and staff:

  • ​Shailja Sharma, chair and professor of refugee and forced migration studies
  • Lydia Stazen, director of the Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness
  • Phillip Stalley, associate professor of political science
  • David Wellman, director of the Grace School

Register online to attend the conference.

Scott Butterworth is an editor of Newsline.