Robert Fleagle Endowed Lecture in Atmospheric Sciences Policy


Kahtarine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

May 15, 2018

7:00 p.m., Kane Hall 120

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Professor at Texas Tech University


Lecture: "Talking Climate: Why Facts are Not Enough"



This lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University and has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.

As a world-class climate scientist and a Christian, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe may defy some stereotypes about the politics of religion and science. But defying stereotypes invites inquiry, which can lead to communication, even learning. It creates opportunity for thinking deeply about, and aligning, what we value and what we do. Climate change is a huge issue, and it’s one where citizen engagement is critical. That’s why her work is so fascinating: in part because it’s about climate change, and also because her main theme – faith and science – defies stereotypes. 

Learn more about Dr. Hayhoe.



The human influence on climate has been established by thousands of scientific studies, stretching back more than 150 years. Today, however, public and political opinions on climate are becoming ever more sharply divided: along ideological, socio-economic, and even religious lines.

Understanding the reasons that have created and fed this polarization is crucial to bridging this divide. It’s not a lack of information. No, the best predictor of opinions on climate change has nothing to do with how much we know about science, and everything to do with where we fall on the political spectrum.

In such a deeply divided environment, it’s no surprise that 75% of people in the U.S. avoid talking about climate. But if we begin with values that we share, rather than facts we disagree on, it is possible to engage in productive conversations on this difficult issue.


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