AASCU 2019 Annual Meeting: Speakers

Timothy Carter

Timothy Carter

Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Ecology with distinction from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia (UGA) and completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a post-doc and faculty member at UGA his work focused on the intersection between urbanization and environmental management through studies of designer ecosystems, sustainable development, environmental policy, and climate change impacts on coastal areas, including visualizing sea level rise on the Georgia coast. As the founding Director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE), Dr. Carter built the CUE from a fledgling unit with two interns and a program manager to a thriving academic center with over $3M in externally funded initiatives. Through partnerships Carter developed across the city of Indianapolis, as well as through his work with staff, faculty, students, and leadership at the university, the Center became not only a successful place for the study of ecology but also a participant in increasing the sustainability of the city and campus.

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is professor of sociology at Georgetown University. He is also an author, a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst, a contributing editor at The New Republic, the host of the Michael Eric Dyson Podcast Featuring Dr. Dan Ratner, and an ordained Baptist minister for over 30 years. Dyson received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1993.

Dyson has authored nearly 20 books on subjects such as the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 4, 1968; Malcolm X; Nas’s debut album, Illmatic; Tupac; Marvin Gaye; and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating and long-lasting effects. He has won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and the American Book Award in 2007 for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.

Essence has named Dyson one of the 40 most inspiring African Americans and Ebony has listed him among the 100 most influential black Americans. He often speaks at universities and political conventions, but he is also known for his speaking engagements at union halls, prisons, classrooms and churches. Throughout his career, Dyson has had a profound effect on American culture and thinking. His latest book, What Truth Sounds Like, continues the conversation started in his 2017 bestseller, Tears We Cannot Stop, and was the winner of the 2018 Southern Books Prize for nonfiction.

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. Companies he created include Erewhon, Smith & Hawken, and OneSun Solar (now called Energy Everywhere). 

He has written eight books including five national and The New York Times' best-sellers: The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown. In 2013, The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the number one college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools.

He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which worked with more than 200 scholars, students, scientists, researchers and activists to map, measure and model the 100 most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases.

His forthcoming book is Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. He lives in Mill Valley, California, in the Cascade Creek watershed with his wife and coyotes, foxes, bobcats, ravens, red-tail hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and flocks of nuthatches.

Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl

Jon Kyl currently serves as Senior of Counsel at Covington and Burling. LLP. He is also a Distinguished Fellow in Public Service in Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a Distinguished Scholar of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a director of ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy.  Previously, Senator Kyl served eighteen years in the U.S. Senate, and before that, eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in the Senate Republican leadership, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. He was a member of the Judiciary Committee from 1995-2013, and also served on the Finance Committee. On September 5, 2018, Senator Kyl was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to fill the seat of the late Senator John McCain. He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He concluded his service in the Senate on December 31, 2018. Before his public service, Senator Kyl practiced law at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. In 1985, he served as chairman of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Born in Oakland, Nebraska, Senator Kyl received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Arizona. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Law Review. He and his wife Caryll have two children, Kristine Kyl Gavin and John Kyl, and four grandchildren. 

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