Kathleen Mogelgaard, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center

Globally, nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night. Agricultural systems and human communities face growing threats from rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Meanwhile, the world’s population is projected to add another 2-3 billion people by mid-century, further straining political and ecological systems. This seminar will explore three global trends—food security, climate change, and population growth—that are key to shaping society, human welfare, and environmental sustainability in the 21st century.


In this interactive seminar, students will review causes and consequences of these interlinked challenges, and engage with guest speakers from the US government and non-governmental organizations who are shaping innovative policies and programs to address them. By the end of the seminar, students will have a nuanced understanding of sustainable development challenges and opportunities, an appreciation of the urgency for action, and an understanding of the diverse professional pathways available to those with interests in the field.