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Date: Friday, April 12, 2024 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm EDT

Location:  Reynolds Theater (Reunion Weekend 2024) + Vimeo Login (Virtual Audience)
125 Science Drive
Durham, North Carolina  27708
United States

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How often do we take for granted the ease of flipping on a light switch and being able to read, cook, or do work with abundant light? Communities all over the world lack stable electricity and the benefits that come with it. Expanding energy access is critical to leveling disparities—and that goes beyond just an electrical power grid. Providing reliable and sustainable energy sources leads to healthier communities, fosters economic growth, and supports education. In this session, Duke experts will discuss the interconnected nature of climate and human development policies and goals—ultimately fostering a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for all.


  • Neelan Kumar, Co-President of Duke Undergraduate Energy and Climate Club, and Economics, Computer Science, and Energy Student at Duke University, Class of 2024


  • Connel Fullenkamp, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
  • Christine Folch, Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Jonathan Phillips, Director, James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

This session is being offered in partnership with Duke Reunions 2024.