Mark Manis ’69 will return to campus on Monday, Oct. 18 to deliver a talk, “Negotiating a Climate Change Treaty: Reflections from a U.S. Negotiator.” Manis is senior policy advisor for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. As such, he is a member of the U.S. negotiating team for climate change and participated in the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
“The Copenhagen Accord was a very significant step forward because for the first time all major economies have made commitments to curb greenhouse gas pollution and report on their actions and emissions,” Manis is quoted in a Pulteney Street Survey article, winter 2010. “The Accord establishes a strong transparency and verification regime and also provides for landmark funding with particular focus on vulnerable countries.”
His talk, part of the Professionals in Residence series, will begin at 7 p.m., in the Geneva Room. It is cosponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and the environmental studies and economics departments. Manis will meet with students in the Monday afternoon class of Professor of Economics Tom Drennen, and will join other students at a dinner that evening.
Manis graduated with a B.A. in political science from Hobart College. While a student, he was a member of the football team and the Herald.