Humanities Institute

Bill McKibben discusses "Sustainability: Is it worth investing in?"

Wed, April 9, 2014 | KLRU Studio 6A

5:00 PM - 6:45 PM

A discussion focused on the recent movement calling for institutions of higher education to divest their endowment funds from fossil fuels featuring Mr. Bill McKibben and Dr. David Spence. More information on the discussion here.

moderated by Mr. Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability, University of Texas at Austin

Mr. McKibben is a writer, environmentalist, and founder of His most recent book,  Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (Times Books, 2013). After graduating from Harvard, Mr. McKibben worked for five years as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He began to write about climate change as a freelance writer in 1988; his first book, The End of Nature (Random House, 1989) appeared shortly after. He founded in 2008. Mr. McKibben has received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship (2010), and the Gandhi Peace Award (2013).

Find Mr. McKibben's website here.


Dr. Spence is a professor of law, politics, and regulation. He is on the faculty of both the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law. He holds a PhD from Duke University, and a JD from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Spence is the co-director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center.

More about Dr. Spence and his work here.



Co-sponsored with the UT Office of Sustainability, the School of Undergraduate Studies, and the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. The Humanities Institute provides its support through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship.

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