On Thursday, September 6th, at 7-8PM, Andy Hoffman will present his book How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, at the meeting for the South East Michigan Group of the Sierra Club. This event is free and open to the public. The meeting will take place at the Royal Oak Detroit Elks Lodge, at 2401 E. 4th St, in Royal Oak beginning at 7 PM. Phone for info: 248-544-3560. The Book Beat will be providing books at the event.
Andy Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, is the author of How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate. Professor Hoffman’s presentation will focus on the sociology and psychology of why people reject the science of climate change and how to overcome it.
Professor Hoffman’s teaching interests include competitive environmental strategy, strategies for sustainable development, organizational behavior, negotiations, green construction, and organizational change. Professor Hoffman has published over 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 14 books, which have been translated into five languages. In this work, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues, including: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome.