International Seminar Series

The Fall International Seminar Series, A New Normal in a Global Context, continues at noon, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, with Illinois State Climatologist  Dr. Trent Ford presenting Connecting Science to Policy: Understanding the Global Implications of Climate Change. Advance registration is required to receive the link.

Climate change is a preeminent challenge for humanity. Changes in extreme weather and sea-level rise have already had impacts on water, energy, food, and health security globally, and projections indicate an intensification of these changes and impacts throughout the 21st Century without mitigation. In this seminar, Ford will present the science and impacts of global warming and climate change both in Illinois in across the globe. He will then discuss the role of policy in both mitigation of and adaptation to continued changes in global to regional climate.  

Ford has been the Illinois State Climatologist since 2019. He and his team provide information online, through traditional and social media, and by speaking to interested groups across the state. In addition to his role in education and climate outreach, Ford also conducts research on the climate system and extreme climate events, like drought and heatwaves; monitors current conditions; and studies and helps prepare communities for climate change. A native of Roanoke, Illinois, Ford earned a bachelor’s in geography from Illinois State University before completing his master’s and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.  

The faculty coordinator for this semester’s series is Dr. TY Wang, university professor and chair of the Department of Politics and Government, and is offered in collaboration with the Office of International Studies and Programs. The international seminar series has become one of the most popular internationally focused events on ISU’s campus and continues to provide international perspectives on critical issues around the world. The event is free and open to the public: Advance registration is required to receive the log-in link. Those who have questions about the event or who need an accommodation to participate fully should contact or call 209-438-5276.