Motivating Americans to take action on global warming is the topic of a lecture to be delivered by Harvard professor Theda Skocpol on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
This year’s Hollingshead Lecture, sponsored by the Yale Department of Sociology, is titled “What It Will Take to Mobilize Americans to Limit Carbon Emissions and Fight Global Warming.” Free and open to the public, it will take place in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall, entrance at 128 Wall St., noon–1:30 p.m.
Skocpol, who is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard, is well known for her work on states, revolution, welfare, and political trust. Her many books include “States and Revolutions” (1979); “Bringing the State Back In” (1985, with Peter Evans and Dietrich Rueschemeyer); “Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States” (1992), and “What A Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality” (2006, with Ariane Liazos and Marshall Ganz). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.
The lectureship, established in 1974 to honor both Professor August B. Hollingshead and the discipline of sociology, has featured the most eminent scholars in the field. Past Hollingshead lecturers have included Andrew Abbott; Zygmunt Bauman, Mary Douglas, Otis Dudley Duncan, Paula England, Michael Mann, Frances Fox Piven, Alain Touraine, William Julius Wilson, and Erik Olin Wright.