Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will join former Obama White House advisor and onetime chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Karen Diver in a panel discussion on the climate Wednesday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The panel is part of a two-day conference at UMD where multiple speakers and sessions will address the topic of Duluth becoming a climate refugee city, said a UMD news release.

UMD biology professor Julie Etterson said the conference posits the question: “Is it possible that unbearable weather and coastal flooding will set off a wave of human migration seeking more tolerable conditions?”

Larson and Diver will take the stage in the Marshall Performing Arts Center, 1215 Ordean Court, following a 7 p.m. Wednesday keynote address from Jesse Keenan, a Harvard faculty member.

“In one iteration of a climate future, Duluth may be well-positioned to accommodate a diverse influx of people, culture and capital associated with a national redistribution of people and places,” Keenan said in advance of his address.

The panel discussion will also include Al Rudeck, president for Duluth-based Allete Clean Energy. The event is scheduled to conclude by 9 p.m. Free tickets are available by contacting the Marshall box office at 218-726-8561.