Great Conversations: The Environmental Edition

The Great Conversations series continues, with some of the University of Chicago’s own best environmental thinkers. Don’t miss these upcoming events!

While these events are usually $30, contact Bart Schultz at for a discounted ticket that costs just $10!

Great Conversations Lecture Series: Big Visions


Our popular Great Conversations series continues with a new theme! This autumn and winter, we invite some of the University’s most exciting, creative minds to share their visions of the future of our city and of the world. Our discussions will consider such topics as the changing shape of education, how to build a sustainable future, and the evolution of the economic system. On select Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Graham School will provide food, drink, and the best talk in town. We hope that you will join us for the conversation! All Great Conversations are held in Room 40 of our downtown Gleacher Center, located at 450 N. Cityfront Plaza, directly across from the NBC tower. To register, please call 773/702-1722.

Sustainable Organizations – Building a Framework
November 12
Our series will continue with a presentation by Ilsa Flanagan, the Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago, who will share her experience and expertise on how institutions can transform to sustainable practices at the system-wide level.

The Future of Gardens
January 7
The third lecture in our five lecture series will feature Sir Peter Crane, formerly the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. Our eminent guest will be offering you glimpses of the future of one of the most deeply meaningful human activities, one increasingly recognized as a crucial component in environmental education.

What Capabilities Do We Have?
January 14
For our fourth talk, one of our most popular Great Conversationalists ever returns to discuss her pathbreaking work on the future of education and economic development. Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, and the Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School, will explain how the “capabilities approach” offers a crucial new vision for our economic future.

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