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Harvard political scientist and sociologist is featured speaker for global warming talk

Loyola press release - April 14, 2014

Theda Skocpol, an award-winning political scientist and well-known sociologist at Harvard University, will headline a discussion on global warming Thursday, April 24 at Loyola University New Orleans. The talk is hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network New Orleans chapter, an effort to connect academics with policymakers spearheaded by Loyola sociology professor Carol Ann MacGregor, Ph.D. “The Past and Future of America’s Fight against Global Warming” is set for 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114 on Loyola’s main campus. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to her academic role at Harvard University as professor of government and sociology, Skocpol co-founded in 2009 the national Scholars Strategy Network, and currently serves as its director. Skocpol also won the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in 2007, placing her among the world’s top political scientists. On global warming, Skocpol published a paper, “Naming the Problem: What it Will Take to Counter Extremism and Engage Americans in the Fight against Global Warming,” for a symposium on the topic held at Harvard.

Skocpol’s talk is the latest in a series hosted by the New Orleans chapter aiming to link what’s happening in New Orleans with the broader national conversation. “The idea behind the Scholars Strategy Network is not just to connect people doing really serious scholarship, but also to make that research more accessible. Through local events and short briefs posted on the website, we hope to put scholarship in the hands of the people who can use it,” MacGregor said.

MacGregor’s passion to put New Orleans academics in touch with policymakers in the Scholars Strategy Network is shared by several Loyola professors who are joining in the effort. Loyola English professor Laura Murphy, Ph.D., a regional leader of the group alongside MacGregor, is making her human trafficking research available on the national website for policymakers nationwide.

In the same way, Loyola criminal justice professor Christian Bolden, Ph.D., is making his expertise and research on urban gangs available through the network, while Loyola sociology professor George Capowich, Ph.D., is highlighting his research on how police-community cooperation can help reduce inner-city violence.

Loyola psychology professor Charles Corprew, Ph.D., is another featured expert in the Scholars Strategy Network. He is highlighting his research on how culturally attuned school teachers can help mentor young African-American males. Research on charter schools from Loyola sociology professor Luis Mirón, Ph.D., is also featured on the network’s website.

The event is co-sponsored by Loyola's College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the Scholars Strategy Network New Orleans chapter and Loyola's Environment Program.

Please contact Mikel Pak, associate director of public affairs at Loyola, at 504-861-5448 for media interviews.