UM Students Organize a Panel Discussion Event on Divestment

December 01, 2014

MISSOULA – Divesting university endowments from fossil fuels is a hot topic nationwide as well as at the University of Montana. Is divestment an effective strategy? What are the costs and benefits of divestment? These questions and others will be discussed when panelists address topic of divestment during an event held at UM.

“Divestment at the University of Montana: A Panel for Campus Dialogue” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. The event features a diverse set of panelists with expertise on issues of divestment. Their remarks will be followed by a moderated Q-and-A discussion. 

Panelists are Dane Scott, director of UM’s Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program and associate professor of ethics; Sarah Rinfret, political science assistant professor; and Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications. The panel will be moderated by Steve Schwarze, UM professor of rhetoric and environmental communication in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Associated Students of UM, ASUM Sustainability Center, The Natural Resource Conflict Resolution Certificate Program and the UM Environmental Studies Program.

For more information call UM graduate student and event organizer Nicola Preston at 617-834-1595 or email



Contact: Nicola Preston, UM graduate student, 617-834-1595,