Universities on Fire: launching a book about climate change and higher education

Book cover for Bryan Alexander's new book "Universities on Fire: Higher Education in Climate Crises"

What might higher education do about climate change?  How could global warming impact colleges and universities?

In this session Georgetown senior scholar Bryan Alexander introduces Universities on Fire, his new book published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Universities on Fire explores how higher education might engage with the climate crisis over the next 75 years.  The first monograph on the topic, this book begins by forecasting the many ways a physical campus might change, from renovating buildings to generating local power to food service. Next, it considers how academia’s research into global warming could expand and also spread across many disciplines, with implications for institutional support. Teaching follows from this, with possibilities for a transformed curriculum and shifting pedagogies. Next Universities on Fire examines how climate change might appear in campus community relations, before concluding on a broader note of how higher education may participate in this enormous, civilization-spanning crisis. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Library and the Red House/Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative. Books will be available to purchase from the Georgetown University Bookstore. 


To enter Lauinger Library:

11 am - noon
Murray Room, 5th floor of Lauinger Library