The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals gather at Columbia University for three months of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs. The 2013 topic is: The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance.

The program consists of three key components 1) a selective seminar of 15-20 students with a demonstrated interest in the topic, 2) elective courses open to seminar participants and students enrolled in Columbia University’s summer session, 3) a weekly lecture series of renowned experts that is free and open to the public. Our seminar aims to produce new discoveries in several interrelated fields and to demonstrate the transformational potential for collaborative research on historical subjects too large for individual scholars to tackle on their own. Participants work closely with leading scholars, meet key policymakers and learn critical skills in archival research, oral history, and computational analysis. Our elective classes and lecture series seek to encourage community participation and contribute to a broader understanding of these critical issues.

The 2013 global strategy seminar will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and James Fleming, professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. They will be assisted in the classroom by a number of experts in the field. This year’s participants include:

Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Wallace Broecker, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Deborah Coen, Assistant Professor of European History at Barnard College
Paul Edwards, Professor of History and Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Michigan
Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia
Anthony Janetos, Director of Joint Global Change Institute, University of Maryland
Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations
Bill McKibben, Author, Journalist, Founder and Chairman of 350.org
Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, Ohio State University
Roger Pielke, Jr., Professor in the Environmental Studies Program, Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Eric Pooley, Author, Journalist, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Communications at EDF
Gavin Schmidt, Climatologist and Climate Modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
John Topping, President and Founder, Climate Institute

The program was made possible by a gift from the Hertog Foundation, which was founded by Roger Hertog. A graduate of City College of New York, Hertog is chair of the New York Historical Society; chair emeritus of the Manhattan Institute; and a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the New York Public Library, the New York Philharmonic, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He is also vice-chair emeritus of Alliance-Bernstein L.P. In 2007, he received the National Humanities Medal.

Dates: May 28-August 16, 2013 (Summer School Sessions 1 and 2).
Credits: Eight Points (seminar); Three-Four Points (per elective).
Tuition: Tuition is calculated on a per point basis, as set by the School of Continuing Education. For Summer 2013, tuition for all undergraduate and graduate students is $1,454 per point. Tuition for students not currently enrolled in an academic program is $1,488 per point. Accordingly, the cost of our 8-point seminar ranges from $11,632-$11,904 plus fees. Information on our elective courses can be found here.
Fellowships and Financial Aid: Outstanding undergraduates and postgraduate applicants may apply to receive substantial fellowships to help pay tuition and fees. Some PhD students may be eligible for tuition exemption and a research stipend.