Bryan AlexanderMay 9, 2023
Universities on Fire
Higher Education in the Climate Crisis
Johns Hopkins University Press 2023
In Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Climate Crisis (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023), futurist Bryan Alexander explores higher education during an age of
unfolding climate crisis. Powered by real-world examples and the latest research, Alexander
assesses practical responses and strategies by surveying contemporary programs and academic
climate research from around the world. He establishes a model of how academic institutions
may respond and offers practical pathways forward for higher education. How will the two main
purposes of education—teaching and research—change as the world heats up? Alexander
positions colleges and universities in the broader social world, from town-gown relationships to
connections between how campuses and civilization as a whole respond to this epochal threat.
Brady McCartney is an environmental educator and the Consortium Director of the EcoLeague, an environmental education consortium currently based at Dickinson College's Center for Sustainability Education.