bluemarble2k_bigThe Santa Fe World Affairs Forum invites you to 

The Global Imperative: A Climate of Change

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s 2015 Annual Symposium

Cosponsored by St. John’s College
April 20-21, 2015


Scientific and anecdotal evidence tell us that the earth’s temperature is warming at rates not experienced in centuries. What exactly does this mean for the planet, for ourselves, for our children, for our children’s children? Should we be concerned? If so, we must try to slow or stop the progression, which means we have to know why it’s happening. Are steady increases in CO2 in the atmosphere the primary cause? Are there other factors—and where might they originate? If climate change can indeed be influenced, how much time do we have to make a difference? Does the political will exist, in the U.S. or anywhere else, to bear the costs, whatever they turn out to be? How can citizens and policy makers be made to understand that we’re all in this together? That means Washington—and Beijing, Berlin, Rio, Delhi and the Pacific Islanders. And loggers in the rain forests of Myanmar and Indonesia. And agribusiness in California. And large corporations headquartered in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. That means us, here, in New Mexico.


Speakers: Former New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman; Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environment Ambassador Judy Garber; Los Alamos National Laboratory consultant and specialist in the science of global warming Dr. Charles Keller; New Mexico State University Professor of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Dr. Brian Hurd, University of New Mexico economist Dr. Shana McDermott, science and environmental writer Douglas Fox, and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.


Partner Organizations: Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations, American Foreign Service Association, Citizens Climate Lobby – Santa Fe, Friendship Force New Mexico, Fulbright Association of New Mexico, Global Ties – ABQ, Journey Santa Fe, New Mexico State University, Public Diplomacy Alumni Association, Public Diplomacy Council, Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee, Sister Cities – Albuquerque, United World College – USA, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, International Studies Institute, National Security Studies Program.


Where? The symposium takes place at St. John’s College in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center. Registration is from 1-1:25 pm on Monday, April 20. The first day’s program will conclude with a cocktail reception from 5-6 pm in the adjacent Junior Commons Room for speakers and participants. Tuesday’s program begins at  8:30 am, includes lunch and coffee breaks and ends at 3:45 pm with a final thoughts panel.


Cost: Monday and Tuesday – $80 for Santa Fe World Affairs Forum members and members of cosponsoring and partner organizations. $100 for non-members. Monday only: $45 for members and nonmembers alike. Tuesday only: $55 for members and nonmembers alike. University students: $50 for both days. Registration can be done by check made out to SFWAF and sent to the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594 or Paypal via this website. Your payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after Thursday April 16 if you are unable to attend.  We strongly recommend that registrants immediately e-mail us at to help us keep our records straight and ensure of inclusion on the registration list. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  We need to know by Thursday, April 16 at the latest for our planning purposes.

 Directions to St. John’s College (from Old Pecos Trail)
Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight).
Turn left at Camino Corrales.
Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail.
After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol.
Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca.
St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts.
Please park in the visitor parking lot. It’s on your left as you enter the campus (A on the St. John’s College map). There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location. The Peterson Student Center is #1 on the campus map.


Parking: The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.