Harvard Around Town: Healing our Political Divides, A Climate Conversation

Monday April 11,
Free and Open to the Public
Arrupe Overlook, Gallagher Student Center, Xavier University
Informal reception at 5:30. Main discussion at 6 pm with Q&A to follow.

The Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, in collaboration with Take it On and the Building Bridges Restorative Justice Project, warmly welcome former Congressmen Robert Inglis (R-SC), Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics '11, and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) to Xavier's campus for a conversation "across the aisle" concerning the respective roles of social, political and economic institutions (government and the market) in promoting Climate Action.

Robert Inglis, J.D., is the Executive Director of republicEn.org, a growing grassroots community of over 10,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.  Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, he represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina,  from 1993-1998 and from 2004 -2010.   In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and in July 2012 launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, later to become republicEn.org,  Hosted at the George Mason University Foundation, this  501(c)(3) organization educates, recruits and organizes conservative voices for action on climate change.  Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014, and for his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Inglis grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C.,before and between his years in Congress. Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have fivechildren (a son and four daughters). They live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.

Daniel Lipinski, Ph.D., is currently President of Lipinski Solutions, LLC, a consulting company.  Dr. Lipinski represented the Third District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from 2005 to 2021. A rarity in contemporary politics, Lipinski was known as a highly knowledgeable and effective lawmaker who worked to bring people together across the aisle to solve problems. He authored 18 laws in a wide variety of issue areas including laws which boosted American manufacturing, increased research funding for the National Science Foundation, spurred technological innovation, protected the environment and fought climate change, empowered victims of sexual assault, expanded consumers’ rights, and honored veterans. Lipinski served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he chaired the Subcommittee on Rail, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials as well as the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he chaired and served as ranking member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee.  After completing a B.S. (Northwestern University) and an M.S. (Stanford University) in engineering, Lipinski earned his Ph.D. in American Politics from Duke University and won the American Political Science Association’s Carl Albert Dissertation Award for best dissertation in legislative studies. He authored Congressional Communication: Content and Consequences (University of Michigan Press) as well as several articles and book chapters on Congress and the legislative process.   Most recently, he has published articles in First Things, America, The Atlantic, and Public Discourse, as well as op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. He also has a chapter in Under the Iron Dome: Congress from the Inside (Routledge 2021).

Please join us for what promises to be an engaging conversation "across the aisle".  

For more information, please contact James Helmer (helmerj@xavier.edu), Mack Mariani (marianim@xavier.edu)  or Christo Fosse (fossec@xavier.edu).

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