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University reveals speakers for first keynote event of 2021 forum

| Thursday, September 2, 2021

The first keynote event of the 2021 Notre Dame Forum will feature NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson and U.S. Senator Chris Coons taking part in a “fireside chat” in the Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College of Business on Sept. 10 at 3 p.m., University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in an email Wednesday evening.

This year’s Forum, announced in April, is titled “Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future” and will focus on placing a continued emphasis on caring for God’s creation, as Pope Francis writes about in Laudato Si.

“We will host a wide range of discussions and events that aim to explore climate challenges across various dimensions,” Jenkins said in the email.

Thompson, a 1979 Notre Dame graduate, and Coons, a co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, will discuss building a sustainable future by crossing political divides and steps the U.S. government can take domestically and internationally to ensure an environment-focused future.

Jenkins added that additional events are planned for the week of Sept. 6. The Forum, established in 2005, begins Sept. 7.

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