Monthly Meeting – Thursday, May 16, 2024: CLIMATE CHANGE AND SECURITY

Topic: Climate Change and Security

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Devlin


Dr. Michele Devlin is Professor of Environmental Security at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Professor of Arctic Health and Human Security with the National Science Foundation’s UNI ARCTICenter. She is a Doctor of Public Health, registered nurse, and emergency medical technician. Dr. Devlin’s primary specialty areas include the circumpolar human terrain of the North, environmental migrants, civil-military response to climate disasters, indigenous populations, and cross-cultural engagement with diverse and underserved populations.

Prior to joining the US Army War College, Dr. Devlin was Professor of Global Health at the University of Northern Iowa for 27 years. She was the founding director of the UNI Global Health Corps and the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, a model agency established by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations.

Michele Devlin completed her doctorate degree in international public health at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

She has published more than 150 articles, reports, and books including “Health Matters: A Guide to Working with Diverse and Underserved Populations”; “Postville USA:  Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America”; and “Tactical Anthropology: A Practical Guide for Emergency Responders in Culturally Complex Communities.” 

In addition to her academic and center director expertise, Dr. Devlin has 25 years of experience providing technical assistance on cross-cultural issues to thousands of military members, first responders, public health professionals, and emergency managers at the national and international levels. Dr. Devlin has served as a frequent cultural awareness trainer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Law Enforcement Academies. She is an international disaster relief team member with the American Red Cross and has deployed to both Haiti and the Philippines.  Dr. Devlin has led or participated in multiple medical missions around the world, and is also a wilderness medic with the US National Park Service. She is a member of the California Medical Reserve Corps; the Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Disaster Mortuary Operational Team; Team Rubicon; and other humanitarian organizations. Dr. Devlin is the recipient of the One Iowa Award, the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame Award, the Iowa Civil Rights Award, and other honors for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.  She has extensive travel experience in 65 nations around the world, and most recently spent six months living and working above the Arctic Circle with indigenous Inupiaq communities on health and human security issues.  Dr. Devlin is honored to have served with the U.S. Army Corps of Civilians during Operation Enduring Freedom as a lead social scientist in Afghanistan.

FPA Coordinator: Alan Stolberg

The Susquehanna Club


House Salad
Chicken Marsala
Homestyle Whipped Potatoes with chives and light garlic
Steamed Broccoli
Dessert: Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
Rolls, Butter, Coffee, Water, and Hot Tea

Social hour & Dinner Information
5:30-6:30 Social Hour
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30—Announcement, Speaker followed by question and answer session

Cost for FPA Members: $33.00
Non-Members: $38.00 – We Welcome Non-members to attend dinners.

There is no charge for anyone to attend the program presentation only, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Dinner co-chairmen are Dan Sim and Ron Pontius.

Reservations must be made by 10:00 am on the Monday before the meeting. To make a reservation, fill out the form below or telephone or email Ron Pontius at (717) 991-0899 or

To CANCEL your reservation, please telephone or email Ron Pontius at (717) 991-0899 or Please be sure to give your complete name, address and phone number.

If you come for dinner as a “Walk-in” without a reservation, we cannot guarantee you the selected entrée. You will be provided a meal, but it may be chef’s selection.

NOTE: We bill “No-shows”

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