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Knowledge@Wharton: November 12, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jim Breckenridge (Provost , United States Army War College), Felix Mormann (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law), Rick Edmonds (Media Business Analyst, Poynter Institute), Brian Berkey (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), J. Keith Gilless (Dean of College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley), John Carroll (Assistant Professor, Mass Communication, Boston University), Howard Kunreuther (James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Co-Author of “Mastering Catastrophic Risk”, The Wharton School), and Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton) on the Monday, November 12, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Monday, November 12, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Jim Breckenridge

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Jim Breckenridge

Eric Orts, Brian Berkey, and Felix Mormann

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Felix Mormann, Brian Berkey, Eric Orts

John Carroll and Rick Edmonds

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Rick Edmonds, John Carroll

Howard Kunreuther and J. Keith Gilless

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: J. Keith Gilless, Howard Kunreuther

Featured Guests

Jim Breckenridge

Provost , United States Army War College


Dr. James G. Breckenridge is the 2nd Provost for the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Breckenridge is formerly the dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, at Mercyhurst University; and executive director of the college’s research arm, theInstitute for Intelligence Studies, both in Erie, Pa.

His career in academic leadership is marked by increasing scope, responsibility, and innovation. He is an experienced military practitioner with two decades of teaching and administrative experience in the multidisciplinary field of intelligence analysis and interagency collaboration.

Since 2013, Dr. Breckenridge established the School of Intelligence Studies, and developed it into the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania. As the Ridge College Dean, he created an interdisciplinary program incorporating intelligence studies, forensic science, business, math, computer science, criminal justice, political science, sociology and communication. The evolution of the college was paralleled by innovations in delivering education through both residential and distance, online learning. Applying the Ridge College emphasis on interagency work, he developed effective partnerships with the Department of State and networks of experts in national security policy, business strategy, and law enforcement. Previously, as Dean of the Walker School of Business and Chair of the Intelligence Studies Department, he initiated the interdisciplinary business-intelligence program that is now the hallmark of the Ridge College. In 2010, he founded and served as the chief organizer for the biennial Global Intelligence Forum, held in Dungarvan, Ireland.

Dr. Breckenridge served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1998 after assignments in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including service at the U.S. Military Academy, 1987-1990, as course director of the World History Program. He has published in multiple forums about the field and practice of intelligence, and has presented extensively at academic and practitioner conferences about the essence of expertise in intelligence application, e.g., the 2013 OSINT and Non-Proliferation Workshop of the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College, UK.

Dr. Breckenridge is a tenured full professor with a doctorate in Organizational Learning andLeadership, and a master’s in Business Administration at Gannon University. He holds masters and bachelor’s degrees in History from the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He has been honored with the Legion of Merit, among numerous military awards, and was selected as a Foundation for Defense of Democracies Fellow in 2011 for the study of Middle Eastern security issues.

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Felix Mormann

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law


Felix Mormann is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer–Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Professor Mormann’s research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Drawing on his background as an internationally trained corporate and energy lawyer, Mormann currently investigates domestic and international regulation and policy related to clean-energy technologies. His often–comparative research starts from the premise that environmentally sustainable energy solutions require an economically sustainable policy landscape to leverage necessary investment.

Professor Mormann’s recent publications include Constitutional Challenges and Regulatory Opportunities for State Climate Policy Innovation, 41 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 189 (2017), Clean Energy Federalism, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1621 (2015), Beyond Tax Credits – Smarter Tax Policy for a Cleaner, More Democratic Energy Future, 31 Yale J. Reg. 303 (2014), and Enhancing the Investor Appeal of Renewable Energy, 42 Envtl. L. 681 (2012). Professor Mormann’s work has been widely cited, including before the U.S. Senate. He advises federal policymakers on clean energy and energy efficiency.

Previously, Mormann was a research fellow and lecturer-in-law at Stanford Law School and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he conducted research for his doctoral dissertation. Mormann worked as a corporate and energy lawyer for some of Germany’s premiere law firms. As a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, he advised international clients from the high-tech sector. Professor Mormann holds a German JD and a JSD from the University of Passau School of Law as well as an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law.
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Rick Edmonds

Media Business Analyst, Poynter Institute


Rick Edmonds is media business analyst for The Poynter Institute, where he has researched and written for the last 15 years. His commentary on the industry appears regularly on Poynter Online. He was co-author of the newspaper chapter in 10 editions of the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media reports, 2004 through 2013.

Edmonds is frequently quoted for news stories on newspaper economic issues and new business models, including articles in The New York Times, Washington Post and numerous NPR reports. At Poynter he has helped coordinate conferences on emerging nonprofit news alternatives, the future of advertising and developing user-generated content.

Edmonds has presented his work at annual meetings of the American Society of News Editors and the Newspaper Association of America and to international groups in Paris, Norway, Chile, Madrid, and Vienna. Edmonds spent 11 years with the St. Petersburg Times organization in various editor and publisher roles, including two years as managing editor of the paper’s Tampa edition. Earlier in his career he was James Reston’s assistant at The New York Times and a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1982. He earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1969.

Twitter – @RickEdmonds
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Brian Berkey

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School


Brian Berkey works in moral and political philosophy (including business ethics and environmental ethics), in particular on questions about the demandingness of morality, individual obligations of justice, ethical issues arising with regard to climate change, and the relationship between ideal and non-ideal theory. He is also interested in the notion of collective obligations and their relationship to individual obligations, as well as in methodological issues in ethics and political philosophy, including the appropriate role of appeals to intuitions. His work has appeared in Mind, Philosophical Studies, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Utilitas, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Issues, Ethics, Policy, & Environment, and Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.


Ph.D in Philosophy, University of California-Berkeley

M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University

B.A. in Philosophy (with honors) and Politics, New York University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
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J. Keith Gilless

Dean of College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley


My research uses economic analysis and operations research modeling techniques to address forest resource management issues such as: forest products market forecasting, analysis of resource-dependent local economies, the role of forestry in international development, forest harvest scheduling, protected area management, non-market valuation, the impact of climate change on fire control, structure survival in large urban-wildland fires, and wildland fire protection planning.


Ph.D. Forestry/Agricultural Economics, 1983, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. Forestry, 1982, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. Agricutural Economics, 1982, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S. Forestry, 1978, Michigan State University

Twitter – @NatureAtCal | @JKGilless
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John Carroll

Assistant Professor, Mass Communication, Boston University


Professor Carroll is a veteran of both the advertising and journalism worlds. For five years he was executive producer of news programs at WGBH-TV in Boston; for the three years previous to that, he was producer/panelist on the daily show Greater Boston and the weekly program Beat the Press. Over the past 20 years he has also written extensively on advertising and the media as a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and Adweek magazine, and as a commentator on WBUR-FM and National Public Radio. Carroll has won numerous national and regional journalism awards, including the RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow award for writing, the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse award for press criticism, and multiple New England Emmys for commentary and news writing. In addition, he spent almost two decades as a creative director and consultant in the advertising industry
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Howard Kunreuther

James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Co-Author of “Mastering Catastrophic Risk”, The Wharton School


Howard Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor, Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. Howard is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the 2015 Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and International Insurance Society (IIS) in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks.
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Eric Orts

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton


Research Interests: corporate governance, environmental management, environmental law and policy, securities regulation, theories of the firm, professional ethics

Twitter – @EricOrts
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