Climate change expert Dunlap featured at Sociological Symposium hosted by UNK

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Oklahoma State University sociology professor Riley E. Dunlap is the featured speaker at the upcoming Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

One of the founders of environmental sociology, Dunlap’s recent work has focused on socio-political controversies surrounding climate change. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, and is senior editor of the resulting “Society and Climate Change: Sociological Perspectives.”

Suzanne Maughan
Suzanne Maughan
Riley Dunlap
Riley Dunlap

Dunlap will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room as part of the event, which is from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2-3 at UNK and sponsored by the UNK Department of Sociology and Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium. Dunlap’s talk is free and open to the public.

In its 50th year, the symposium brings together sociology students and faculty from colleges and universities across Nebraska. Students present papers, participate in panels and roundtables, attend a keynote address and awards banquet, and get acquainted with peers from other institutions.

“It is a tradition for sociology in Nebraska,” UNK Sociology Chair Suzanne Maughan said of the event. “It allows sociology programs the opportunity to jointly recognize undergraduate academic excellence in the discipline, encourage independent student research projects, provide a forum for presentation of student work, promote sociology as a valuable academic major, and offer students avenues for networking with their peers.”

Dunlap’s prior books include the “Handbook of Environmental Sociology” and “Sociological Theory and the Environment.”

Dunlap is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Psychological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association.

For more information about the symposium, contact the UNK Sociology Department at 308.865.8505.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Source: Suzanne Maughan, UNK Sociology Chair, 308.865.8763,
Source: Sandra Loughrin, Assistant Professor Sociology, 308.865.8804,