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How to Communicate Environmental Issues to a Reluctant Audience

Time & Location: 

November 7, 2019 from 3:30 p.m.- 6:45 p.m. EDT

Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall, Circuit Dr, Durham, NC 27710, USA

About the Event: 

How do you communicate environment and energy issues to audiences who are indifferent or reluctant to hear about them? How do you tailor your message to different audiences, like the general public or policymakers? Join us at Change My Mind: How to Communicate Environmental Issues to a Reluctant Audience for a fireside chat between Duke University Energy Initiative director Brian Murray and former Rep. Bob Inglis [R-SC], who will speak to his work on climate change and tackling these questions. Check out Rep. Inglis’s bio below!  

Registration closed.

After the keynote, there will be two concurrent workshops:

  1. Ariana Eily, postdoctoral associate at Duke Science and Society, will facilitate a workshop about communicating science (particularly controversial science) to the general public.

  2. Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), will speak to his experience communicating energy issues to policymakers. (Students Only) 


This is a great opportunity for students and participants to gain a new set of tools and engage with practical, real-world questions! Please note the subsequent sessions are limited in size and may fill up quickly.



  • 3:00 -- 3:30 pm: Check-in in front of Field Auditorium in Grainger Hall

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Fireside Chat with Bob Inglis in Field Auditorium

  • 4:30 – 4:45 pm: Refreshments and Networking in front of Field Auditorium in Grainger Hall

  • 4:45 -- 6:30: Workshops held in Grainger 2102 and Grainger Gallery room

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Executive Director of

Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned to the practice of commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing reelection in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.


In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become


republicEn is a growing grassroots community of over 5,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. The organization is a 501(c)(3) operation hosted at the George Mason University Foundation and educates, recruits and organizes conservative voices for action on climate change.


For his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He appears in the film Merchants of Doubt and in the Showtime series YEARS of Living Dangerously (episodes 3 and 4), and he’s spoken at TEDxBeaconStreet (watch) and TEDxJacksonville (watch).


Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014.


Inglis grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C., before and between his years in Congress. Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five children (a son and four daughters). They live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. About is a 501(c)(3) educational initiative based at George Mason University. We conduct educational programming on the power of free-enterprise solutions to climate change. Our growing community of over 7,500 “republicEns” is dedicated to building an #EcoRight movement to apply conservative principles to climate action.

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