How should we address climate change? Should we rely on market-based solutions? What are the alternatives?This student-led Civil Discourse Forum will address the question "Can Markets Solve Climate Change?" with speakers Benjamin Ho (Economics, Vassar) and Benjamin McKean (Political Science, Ohio State).
This colloquium is part of CEHV's Civil Discourse for Citizenship initiative, which provides opportunities for students to engage in vigorous and respectful discussion anchored by the 4Cs: Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, Be Constructive.
The panel discussion will be moderated by two of CEHV's undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows: Ellamarie Jones and Trevor Jones.
Please contact CEHV Civil Discourse Program Director Kathryn Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require any accommodations to participate in this event.
Ben Ho is a professor of economics at Vassar College and author of the book Why Trust Matters: An Economist's Guide to the Ties that Bind Us. Ho applies behavioral economics tools like game theory and experimental methods to tackle topics like apologies, identity, inequality, and climate change. Ho previously served as lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors and is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Ho holds seven degrees from Stanford and MIT in economics, education, political science, math, computer science, and electrical engineering.
Benjamin McKean is a political theorist whose research concerns global justice, populism, and the relationship between theory and practice. His research has been published in American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and elsewhere. His book Disorienting Neoliberalism: Global Justice and the Outer Limit of Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2020) argues that people subject to unjust institutions and practices should be disposed to solidarity with the others who are also subject to them, even when those relations cross state borders. He is currently at work on a second book project tentatively titled Political Freedom and Resentment about the relationship between democracy and populism.
Ellamarie is a second-year student double majoring in Security & Intelligence and French. She sits on the board of the Alexander Hamilton Society’s OSU chapter, and mentors students in the TEDxYouth Dayton program. She is also a member of the Stadium Scholarship Program.
Trevor will graduate in 2024 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a member of the Ohio State Ultimate Frisbee club. He is also an Eagle Scout and continues to be involved in the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader and role model to youth. He is involved in activism in the Columbus area concerning the rights of transgender youth, abortion access, and labor organizing.
CEHV's Civil Discourse for Citizenship initiative is pursued with generous support from the Derrow Family Foundation and in partnership with Ohio State's Civil Discourse Project.