Former dean speaks on global threat of climate change

Brigadier General (Ret.) Wendell Chris King, Ph.D., P.E., Dean Emeritus of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) addressed students and faculty from the University of Saint Mary’s (USM) on September 21, the International Day of Peace, as part of the Simons Center Distinguished Speaker Series. The presentation was hosted by Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, the Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice in our Global Society at the University of St. Mary’s DePaul Library.

Dr. King, an internationally recognized expert on climate change, presented “Understanding the Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate” to the USM community as part of their “Lunch-and-Learn” series. He spoke about the long-range effects of climate change on global security, including changes to watersheds around the world that are resulting in shortages of food and water, the increasing migration of displaced persons, increasing global instability, and the increasing vulnerability to disease. He charged the students in attendance to become more involved in with political and social policy that addresses the negative resultant aspects of climate change.

The Simons Center Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by the CGSC Foundation at Fort Leavenworth and is designed to bring a variety of subject matter experts from across the U.S. government to share their expertise with area universities, civic organizations, and the general public. For more information about scheduled presentations or to host speakers, contact Col. (Ret.) Rod Cox, email –, or phone 913-682-7244.

For more photos from this lecture visit the album on the Simons Center’s Facebook page.

Dr. Wendell Chris King presented “Understanding the Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate" on September 21.

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