DENIN Dialogues

As part of the DENIN Dialogue Speaker Series, award-winning environmental writer, Terry Tempest Williams, was interviewed by McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tighman Professor of English.

The hallmark of DENIN-sponsored speaker events is that they bring together scholars from various disciplines for a meaningful dialogue with the public on environmental issues.

DENIN Dialogues are our highest profile events featuring internationally renowned guests. They are usually structured as an on-stage conversation between the guest and a knowledgeable interviewer followed by a substantial question-and-answer period with the audience. Past guests have included Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Daniel Hillel, winner of the 2012 World Food Prize; and Terry Tempest Williams, environmental author and activist.

The DENIN Distinguished Scientist Lectures are designed to engage the audience on a slightly more technical level and generally feature a prominent scientist giving an illustrated talk. In either case, the public is invited to learn more and engage with inspiring environmental thinkers and experts. 

Details about any upcoming DENIN speakers will be listed below.


21st Century Clean Energy Solutions:
A Conversation Between
the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden,
and Former Energy Secretary, Ernie Moniz

A Biden Institute and DENIN Partnership

Tuesday, May 15
12 – 1:15 p.m.
Mitchell Hall Auditorium

Join us for a dialogue between the former vice president and the former secretary of energy focusing on energy jobs and innovation. Following their discussion, the audience will also have a chance to join the conversation in a question-and-answer session.

The doors of Mitchell Hall will open to ticket holders at 11:15 a.m. on May 15, with the program set to begin at noon. Free tickets are available at University box offices. Guests may pick up two tickets per person at the box office, and seating will be general admission.

Box offices are located in the Trabant University Center and the Bob Carpenter Sports Center; see this campus map for locations. The Trabant box office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the sports center box office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The event will also be streamed live. To view the live webcast, visit The link will become active 10 minutes before the program begins at 12 p.m. A recording will be posted on the DENIN website following the event.

We are very pleased to be partnering with the Biden Institute, a research and policy center working to bring together the sharpest minds and the most powerful voices to address our nation’s toughest problems. Established at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, the Biden Institute is a world-class intellectual center and destination for scholars, activists, policymakers, and national leaders whose mission is to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America.

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