Santa Fe World Affairs Symposium 2020

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Posted:  Feb 17, 2020 - 11:12am

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum – 2020 Symposium

Topic: The Warming World: Rising Temperatures, Rising Tides, Rising Turbulence

Where: Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

When: Thursday, April 16-17, 2020. Registration Opens at 9 am April 16 and April 17.

Cost:    SFWAF members and affiliates both days: $95

  • Nonmembers: $120
  • Thursday Only: $75
  • Friday Only: $65
  • College and university students both days: $60

Note 1: Prices include continental breakfast and lunch both days and a “Meet the Speakers Reception” Thursday afternoon Following the day’s final session.

Note 2: Please reach out to Dr. Stephen Bishop for possible funding of $30.00

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Climate change is global.  Rising temperatures respect no national boundaries. This is the new (ab)normal. As such it presents complex transnational problems. It is an ever shifting calculus. It requires involvement from all levels of government, international organizations, large corporations, local city councils, small startups, researchers, teachers, students and all citizens of planet earth to begin to cope with this heretofore silent crisis. 

This symposium will explore the interrelated issues of coping with the warming world from the vantage points of national security, economic viability, health and human welfare.


SFCC PresidentRebecca Rawley will open the symposium on April 16 and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will open the symposium on April 17. 

Ambassador John Lange (Rtd), Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, UN Foundation “From Climate Change to Pandemics to Biosecurity Threats:  The Importance of Global Health Security;” 

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston (Rtd), US diplomat with extensive experience in foreign, defense and development policy. Former Ambassador to Mali and Madagascar and Chief of the US Interests Section, Havana Cuba. Author of “Our Woman in Havana” (2018) and opinion articles in the New York Times, the LA Times and the Washington Post, “Africa: Population, Migration and Desertification;”      

Dr. Todd Ringler, National Security Science Fellow, US House of Representatives, “National Security Consequences of Global Climate Change;” 

István P. Székely, Principal Adviser, European Commission, DG ECFIN, Brussels, and EU Fellow 2019-20, CEUCE, University of Colorado, Boulder; “Climate change mitigation: Fair and effective policy options;”

Luke Spangenburg, Director Innovation Center, Biofuels Center of Excellence, School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, Algae Technology Educational Consortium, NREL/BHP Phytoremediation of Legacy Mines, Founder of New Solutions Energy, Community Activist.  Santa Fe Community College, “Taking Responsibility in the Face of Climate Change;”

Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz (Rtd), Adjunct Professor, Georgetown and Stanford Universities, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, a specialist in conflict prevention he was Ambassador to Belarus and Georgia and served in the Foreign Service in Moscow, at NATO and The Hague, “US and Russia: A New Cold War in the Arctic.”