Amitav Ghosh's writing, which includes nine novels and six works of nonfiction, has been translated into over 30 languages and appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The New York Times. His most recent publications include The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) and Flood of Fire (2015), the concluding novel of his Ibis trilogy. Ghosh holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates, and he is the first Indian English-language writer to earn the Jnanpith Award for his outstanding contributions to literature. He has taught at Dehli University, Columbia University, Queens College, and Harvard University. His latest book, Gun Island, is due to be published in 2019.
Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Environmental Studies, the History Department, and the English Department, and with the support of an Institute for the Liberal Arts Major Grant Award.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
A discussion between some of the leading business and scientific thinkers on how we tackle climate change.
A recording of the event can be viewed here.
- Juliet Schor, Professor, Sociology Department, Boston College
- Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Former, Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute
- Jeremy Grantham, Chief Strategist Officer & Co-Founder of GMO; Founder, Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
- James Hansen, Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Former Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies
Gasson Hall, 100
This film and presentation by the filmmaker will be conducted online via a Zoom meeting due to the coronavirus situation. The meeting link will be sent out, with instructions, shortly before the event date. To receive it, register with your email address at the red register button in the event listing, or at tinyurl.com/WaterisLifeRSVP.
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With filmmaker Sam Vinal, for film commentary and Q&A.
L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP follows water protector Cherri Foytlin as she leads us on a no nonsense journey of Indigenous resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP) in the swamps of Louisiana. At the film’s opening, viewers are introduced to the Atchafalaya Basin, which was once a Maroon colony--a critical hub of Indigenous and black resistance. Cherri recounts her first-hand experience with the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil spill and how it devastated a local crawfisher man and his way of life. This event caused Cherri to take a hard look in the mirror and ask herself--how did I contribute to this and what can I do to change it? It’s in that moment that the fire of resistance is ignited and Cherri’s life takes a sharp turn. This seed grows into the L’eau Est La Vie Indigenous resistance camp led by a council of Indigenous women, including Cherri Foytlin and Anne White Hat. As the documentary unfolds, we get an on the ground glimpse into the 100+ non-violent direct actions that laid the base for the strongest resistance in Louisiana history.
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Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Biology Department, the BC Global Health program, and the Sociology Department.
Part of BC's Green Week.
Run time: 24 minutes
Light refreshments to be served.
As a part of its Indian Ocean Current programming, the McMullen Museum welcomes scientists Sujata Murty and Caroline Ummenhofer from the Department of Physical Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for an overview of how the Indian Ocean affects climate in surrounding countries. This virtual webinar will focus on rainfall and extreme events such as droughts and floods. Murty and Ummenhofer will discuss changes over recent decades in the Indian Ocean with particular attention paid to the role of corals as natural climate archives that can provide a long-term context for recent unusual ocean conditions. Their lecture will showcase key oceanographic and climate research methods that will help to address future changes expected in a warming Indian Ocean climate.
The Indian Ocean basin and its surrounding regions that are home to more than a third of the world’s population are particularly vulnerable to human-induced climate change. Yet the Indian Ocean remains one of the great frontiers of oceanography: few long-term measurements of Indian Ocean conditions exist; this severely limits our ability to predict future changes in a warming world.
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Sujata A. Murty received a BA in Geology and Biology from Oberlin College and a PhD in Oceanography from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She now holds a postdoctoral fellowship at Woods Hole. Sujata’s research uses coral climate archives and high-resolution ocean model simulations to examine past changes in climate and ocean systems throughout the Indo-Pacific, a region of the world particularly vulnerable to future climate change.
Caroline C. Ummenhofer received a BS in Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography from Bangor University and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, specializing in climate modeling, from the University of New South Wales. Since 2012, she has held a faculty position at Woods Hole. She won several awards, including the Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation by the Australian Museum, and the AGU James B. Macelwane Medal. Caroline’s research focuses on the water cycle and extreme events, such as droughts and floods, and their impact on human and natural systems around the Indian Ocean.
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Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, TED Fellow, and National Geographic Society Explorer. M earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon where she examined how climate change transformed people and glacier communities in Iceland. M is the recipient of many grants and awards, including three U.S. Fulbright grants and a U.S. Fulbright Ambassadorship. M currently serves as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society, holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. She has worked for over a decade in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 memoir While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. Her 2019 book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers, explores the profound impacts of glacier change on the human and physical geography of Iceland. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Earth & Environmental Science Department and the Environmental Studies Program.
*Please note that this is a digital event. Registration details to follow at a later date.
James Balog '74 will be on campus for a screening of his new film, "The Human Element." Mr. Balog has been a photographer for almost 40 years, focusing his work on one of the most important issues of our era: the human modification of nature. This innovative and visually stunning film will take a look at how humans interact with earth, air, fire and water.
Devlin Hall, 008
Beyond BC: Images of Changing Climates and Landscapes
Exhibit on display in Higgin's Atrium Thursday, April 25th to Saturday, April 27th
Artist Talk: Higgin's Atrium at 12pm on Friday, April 26th
Alex Krowiak tells stories of change in people and their environment through photography. His exhibit features 12 photos that capture, in vivid detail, the ebb and flow of the natural world. At noon, on April 26th, Alex will walk participants through his process for nature photography and explore how visual art can help us all better understand the world in which we live.
A graduate of Boston College with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies, Alex's work has been featured in The New York Times, News Deeply, and BostInno, among others. Currently, Alex serves as a Certified Photo Instructor & Naturalist with National Geographic Expeditions and a Trip Leader with National Geographic Student Expeditions.
(Image: Originally published on 5.9.2017 in The New York Times.)
April 25 – April 27
Higgins Hall, Atrium
Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990–1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997–2002. Currently, she is Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice at Trinity College Dublin. She is Chair of The Elders, a member of the Club of Madrid, and the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and also serves on the board of the European Climate Foundation. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary Robinson served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change, and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Mary Robinson’s memoir, Everybody Matters, was published in September 2012 and her book, Climate Justice - Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future, was published in September 2018.
Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.
Additional resources for teachers and students here.
Gasson Hall, 100
Dr. Jim Hansen will speak in a new lecture series coming to you this fall from the Environmental Studies Program and other partners called Answering the Call: A Climate Justice Lecture Series.
Dr. Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming.
Devlin Hall, 110
Panel with 3-4 recent BC alumni in environmental careers
McGuinn Hall, 521
With Dr. Chunghao Kuo
This lecture stresses four sorts of specific aquatic foodstuffs (Shad, Pufferfish, Soft-Shelled Turtle, and Milkfish) in East Asia to understand their culinary significance. The significance of Shad is closely associated with Shad tributary system and the gastronomic enjoyment in early Modern China. The examination of pufferfish in modern Japan brings students to realize the close culinary connection between traditional China and modern Japan. The discussion of soft-shelled turtle investigates four main factors—TCM principles, Taiwan’s evolving turtle-breeding system, colonial Japan’s aquatic policy, and the Team Ma phenomenon—shaped the significance of turtles in modern Taiwan. The discussion of milkfish explores the culinary relationship between Taiwan and the Dutch.
Dr. Chunghao Pio Kuo is currently an Assistant Professor at Taipei Medical University. He is a historian of modern East Asian history, specializing in food history, medical history, and animal history.
McGuinn Hall, 121
After becoming a mother, and realizing the greatest threat to her children and children everywhere was climate change, Julia Olson began focusing her work in that field and, in 2011, founded Our Children's Trust. In her capacity as Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel for Our Children's Trust, Olson is the litigator behind the groundbreaking litigation Juliana v. United States which asserts a Constitutional right to a safe climate on behalf of youth and future generations.
Julia Olson graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a J.D. in 1997. She worked for 15 years representing grassroots conservation groups, helping to protect the environment, organic agriculture, and human health. Julia is the recipient of the Rose-Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism and The Kerry Rydberg Award for Environmental Activism.
Devlin Hall, 110
Join us for a live conversation with climate experts and farmers/ranchers in Puerto Rico and Honduras about the impact of more intense hurricanes and a changing climate on rural and urban livelihoods, agriculture, and human health. Learn about the grassroots efforts in these areas to adapt to new environmental stresses and to mitigate carbon emissions. The three-way conversation, using video links provided by the Global Engagement Portal, will be moderated by Professor Tara Pisani Gareau, Director of Boston College’s Environmental Studies and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras (1997-1999). Following the live conversation, participants are invited to discuss in small groups how the Boston College community connects to and responds to our American neighbors' experiences.
Gasson Hall, 100
Profit, Public Health, and Ethics in Our Ongoing Desire for Bottled Waters
With Prof. Christiana Zenner
Christiana Zenner is Associate Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, where she is affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies and American Studies. Her research into emerging and established fresh water ethics intersects with ecological theory, religious ecologies, developments in the earth sciences, and the ecological turn in Catholic social teaching. She lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has provided analysis of contemporary topics in ecological ethics and religion and science in venues such as Public Radio International, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The New Republic, the Washington Post, TED-Ed, MSNBC, and others. She is the author of the 2018 book, Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and Fresh Water Crises. Before earning her PhD from Yale in Religious Studies, she earned a BA from Stanford in Human Biology.
As part of PULSE’s 50th anniversary, Prof. Zenner will serve as
scholar-in-residence during the week of December 2 and guest lecture in each of the 16 PULSE core courses. As part of her residency, she is offering this public lecture.
The Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
Environmental Studies Program
Gasson Hall, 100
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.
One of the Secretary-General’s first major initiatives was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, followed by extensive diplomatic efforts that have helped put the issue at the forefront of the global agenda. Subsequent efforts to focus on the world’s main anti-poverty targets, the Millennium Development Goals, have generated more than $60 billion in pledges, with a special emphasis on Africa and the new Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health. At the height of the food, energy and economic crises in 2008, the Secretary-General successfully appealed to the G20 for a $1 trillion financing package for developing countries and took other steps to guide the international response and protect the vulnerable and poor.
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Robsham Theater
Hear from alumni working in green and sustainability-focused careers.
Attending alumni represent a variety of organizations, including:
- Boston Building Resources
- Boston Public Schools
- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Synapse Energy Economics
- Zoo New England
This event is co-sponsored by BC Earth & Environmental Sciences Department, BCEEAN, and EcoPledge.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Jonathan F.P. Rose is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose work and advocacy focuses on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. Rose is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to the urban issues facing us today. Mr. Rose has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees on housing, infrastructure and environmental issues, and served as an Advisor to the White House Office of Urban Affairs.
Mr. Rose is the Founder and President of Jonathan Rose Companies, a real estate development company whose mission is “to develop communities that enhance opportunity for all.” The firm’s innovative work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.
Rose is the author of The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, published by Harper Wave in 2016. In the book, Rose champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century.
Gasson Hall, 100
The fifth annual Senior Thesis Poster Session will feature thesis projects from 14 departments and programs in the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies.
This panel discussion will examine the current status of sustainable
development in Boston through insights from professionals in the
fields of architecture, real estate development, climate change
mitigation and adaptation, and sustainability
Cushing Hall, 001
US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained
Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution.
McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.
Presented with Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, International Studies Program, Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Jesuit Institute.
Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Room
Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems.
After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.
Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the US Green Building Council and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.
Presented with the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action
Fulton Hall, Room 511
The Environmental Studies Program will be hosting a series of two talks by Prof. David Montgomery from the University of Washington.
Tuesday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m., Gasson 305
Reception to follow in Devlln 201
David and his wife, biologist Anne Biklé, will speak on their 2015 book, The Hidden Half of Nature: the Microbial Roots of Life and Health. This book shows how breakthroughs in microbiology are leading to an understanding of the links between the health of our digestive systems and the soil from which the plants that nourish us grow. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing in Devlin 201.
Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m., Higgins 300
Light Refreshments and book signing to follow in Higgins Atrium.
How the mystery of one of the Bible's greatest stories shaped geology: a MacArthur Fellow presents a surprising perspective on Noah's Flood. In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world’s flood stories and—drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists—discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. Steno, the grandfather of geology, even invoked the Flood in laying geology’s founding principles based on his observations of northern Italian landscapes. Centuries later the founders of modern creationism based their irrational view of a global flood on a perceptive critique of geology. With an explorer’s eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
“The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function: Merging Environmental Science with Health Science”
Monday, November 7, 2016
7:30 p.m., Stokes South 195
In this lecture, Joseph G. Allen, DSc, MPH (BC Class of 1998) of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will talk about the role of the environment through a health lens. He will discuss the role of the built environment on human health, the impact of green buildings on cognitive function, and chemicals of concern in the indoor environment. There will be time for discussion on these topics, as well as time to discuss public health as a career path and Harvard’s new Master of Public Health degree track that focuses on Sustainability, Health and the Global Environment.
“Science in the Courtroom: From Clarence Darrow to NCIS”
Friday, October 21, 2016
12:00 noon, Devlin 201
Marc Rollo ’87 and Bill Stack, Environmental Law Partners at Archer and Greiner, will address the role of “Science in the Courtroom.” Their presentation will demonstrate the connection between the legal process and several different scientific disciplines. Specifically, this will include a discussion of the unique and pivotal role of scientific evidence in proving claims in environmental litigation, and also a discussion of the criteria for admission of sound expert and scientific evidence and opinions at trial. Relatedly, the presentation will also include a discussion of the judge’s power as the “gatekeeper” to exclude “junk” science from a jury’s consideration of “junk” or “bad” science at trial.
“Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance”
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Donald Worster has agreed to give a speech on his new book,“ Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance.” The talk will be about a broad theme — the shift from the post Columbus sense of new world natural abundance (and economic growth) to the age of seeing a tiny, vulnerable Earth from outer space.
“40 Years of Exploration and Conservation in China and Beyond”
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Stokes 195S
Dr. How Man Wong visits Boston College from Hong Kong to deliver this installment of the The Daniel C. Morrissey ’88 and Chanannait Paisansathan, MD Lecture Series in Asian Studies. He will discuss his career as an explorer and conservationist.
New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future
Eban Goodstein, Bard University
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Devlin 201
Dr. Eban Goodstein is an economist, author and environmental educator known for his work in the clean energy movement. Currently Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, he holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Williams College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: C2C and The National Climate Seminar.
Our Common Home: An Ethic Summons to Tackle Climate Change was held Monday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
“The Environmental Studies Program recently co-sponsored a conference exploring the implications of Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical on the environment and climate change, “Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for our Common Home” over four days at Boston College. Distinguished speakers, including Cardinal Peter Turkson and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), discussed how the moral voice of faith communities can offer distinct contributions to address climate change, as well as the national and international policy implications of the upcoming international climate conference (COP21) to be held in Paris, and theological considerations of the encyclical. Webcasts may be seen here. Read coverage of the conference at the from the following media outlets: BC Chronicle, National Catholic Reporter, NECN, Vatican Radio, Independent Catholic News, French financial daily newspaper Les Echos, AP via Washington Times, WCVB-TV News, Boston Herald.”
Monday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
The Environmental Studies Program will co-sponsor a conference exploring the the implications of Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical on the environment and climate change, “Laudato Si' (Praised Be): On Care for our Common Home” over four days at Boston College. Distinguished speakers, including Cardinal Peter Turkson and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), will discuss how the moral voice of faith communities can offer distinct contributions to address climate change, as well as the national and international policy implications of the upcoming international climate conference (COP21) to be held in Paris, and theological considerations of the encyclical.
Texas Tech University
Respondent: Stephen Pope, Boston College
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: McGuinn Hall 121
Katharine Hayhoe is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and director of the university’s Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She serves as a scientific advisor to Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the EcoAmerica MomentUS project, the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, the Evangelical Environmental Network and the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative. With her husband Andrew Farley, she is the author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, and her work as a climate change evangelist was recently featured on the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. She received a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Co-sponsored by Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life, the Environmental Studies Program, and The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., Gasson 100
Bob Inglis, Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University and former member of the House of Representatives, will address free market solutions to energy and climate change policy. This event is co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.
Wednesday, October 1, 5:00 p.m., Devlin 201
From the depths of the 2008 crash, the US has experienced yet another jobless recovery, with high unemployment sustained for one of the longest periods since the great depression. With the failure of the “old economy,” attention has focused on an IT-enabled New Economy variously modified as “sharing,” local, ”sustainable,” “idealist,” “mission-driven,” and “resilient.” This talk focuses on the forces driving the emergence of the New Economy, and assesses whether the new boss will be the same as the old boss.
Climate Smart: Artists Respond to Climate Change
Thursday, April 24
6:30 p.m., Devlin 101
Four artists and Frances Dubrowski ’70, Project Director of Honoring the Future, explored how artists are tacking the complex subject of climate change, pointing the way toward prepared, resilient, ‘climate smart’ communities.
Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Concord
Tuesday, April 1
6:30 p.m., Fulton 511
Dr. Richard B. Primack of Boston University addressed how evidence climate change at Walden Pond is supported both by scientific data and the work of Thoreau.
Energy: From the Last to the Next 150 Years
Friday, October 25, 9:00 a.m.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
This symposium will explore the science of energy generation and the politics and policies of energy use. Scientists today concur that human dependence on fossil fuels has changed our climate, particularly over the past 150 years. Some of our greatest challenges in the future will involve discovering new forms of energy, finding efficient routes to energy conversion, and developing national and global agreements on energy management. Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey ’68, J.D. ’72 and Dr. Susan Tierney, former Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Energy and Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, will give keynote addresses.
Evening with Bill McKibben
Thursday, October 24
7:00 p.m., McGuinn 121
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, is a leading voice in the movement to take substantial steps to address climate change and is a well-known author of many books on environmental studies topics, including his two most recent, Oil and Honey and Earth. Co-sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.