Environmental Studies News
Volume 3 November 2015
Earth at the Brink
This academic year Bryn Mawr will invite filmmakers, writers, scholars, and scientists to campus to explore the impact of environmental change on health, wealth, and humanity. Join students, faculty, and staff as they investigate the impact of these themes on the quality of life in our local and global communities. Click on the link in the sidebar to see what is happening on campus.
Second Annual Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment - April 14-15, 2016
Boundaries/Crossings: Art, Culture, Politics, and the Environment in Asia - April 15-16, 2016
College is pleased to host two back-to-back conferences on Asia and the
Environment: a research conference designed specifically for
undergraduate and graduate students, followed by a two-day in-depth,
scholarly focus on art, culture, politics and environment in
transboundary context. Please see the calls for papers and poster
Asia/Environment Student Research Conference, April 14-15.
and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the
environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at
this second annual conference.
Today it is impossible to think seriously about the challenges of sustainable
development and the environment without understanding the local and
global environmental footprint of rapid economic growth in Asia—and the
Asian response. At the same time, Asian Studies students increasingly
require familiarity with the scientific, cultural, and political
dimensions of environmental crises and sustainable development.
the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring
this second annual student research conference, providing a venue for
students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the
intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed
critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050
world with three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening
blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic
development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.
conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley, which is easily
accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing
and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included
for non-student registrants.
To learn more about the conference, please sign up for our mailing list here.
To submit a paper for a panel, or an idea for a poster presentation, please send a one paragraph abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor. Proposals will be accepted through March 15, 2016.
Boundaries/Crossings: Art, Culture, Politics, and the Environment in Asia, April 15-16, 2016
the turn of the 21st century, we find our world beset by a growing
sense of planetary environmental crisis. This crisis transcends national
and regional borders and boundaries; nowhere is it more evident than
across Asia. The Asian continent is both subject to intense contemporary
pressures of environmental degradation and home to a rich variety of
cultural and artistic traditions that represent and negotiate human
beings’ relationships with the natural world. At the same time, as
boundaries have become more fluid and the movement of people and capital
accelerates, questions of natural resource use have become more
contested and urgent than ever.
With the support of the Henry
Luce Foundation, this conference explores the intersection between
culture, arts, and politics in relation to nature and environmental
resources in Asia. We aim to address how scholars, artists, and
activists have approached the environment in the present and past. For
example, how have the visual, literary, and plastic arts, depicted,
shaped, and critiqued the dialectics of the artificial and the natural,
the human and the non-human? What challenges do cultures and communities
face vis-à-vis impacts upon their local ecologies, and how have they
responded? How are understandings of nature configured at the level of
localities, nation-states, and cross-border regions, and how is access
to natural resource usage determined? How have cultural and political
actors wielded the earth’s resources and raw materials to make public
the precariousness of our ecosystem?
We invite papers from a
spectrum of disciplines, so long as proposals address the relationships
between art, culture, politics, and the environment in East, Southeast,
and South Asia. Topics might include pre-modern poetics of nature and
landscape, land and installation art, media representations of disaster,
activism and political movements, conservation and conflict in
protected areas, the cultural politics of rivers and forests, the place
of NGOs in environmental governance, or the imagination of Asia in the
global environmental movement, among many others. Just as many of the
issues at stake transcend the national and approach the planetary, we
are particularly interested in work that addresses transnational,
transregional, and cross-border concerns. In addition to analytic
papers, we strongly encourage artist and curator presentations, reports
from involved parties, and discussions of pedagogical strategies for
teaching on Asia and the Environment.
The conference will be held
on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in the scenic
Hudson Valley, and easily accessible by train from New York City.
small registration fee will be charged and meals will be provided.
Nearby off-campus dormitory-style housing is available at a low rate, or
can be arranged independently at local hotels and inns.
learn more about the conference, please sign up for our mailing list here. To submit a paper for participation in the conference, please send
a 250-word abstract and brief biography to email@example.com. Proposals are due by Friday January 15th, 2016.
Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy &
Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability
www.bard.edu/cep — www.bard.edu/mba
Wednesday, Nov 4th, 2015
Dr. Carol Hager, Chair and Professor of Political Science
on the Clowes Professorship in Science and Public Policy
will present a talk titled:
"Community Action against Climate Change:
The Local Origins of Germany's Energy Transition"
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Carpenter Library B21
Reception to follow in the London Room
Thursday, November 5 at 7pm
As part of the environmentally themed programming sponsored by the Provost's Office, Earth at the Brink
of the English Dept. at Colorado State University
will present the following talk:
"On Answering Questions When We are Looking for Answers"
Camille Dungy's talk also will be held in Carpenter Library Room B21.
Camille is a poet whose work focuses on nature writing by African American poets.
talk will focus on her work in environmental studies and will be of
great interest to those of us in a range of fields. Camille is the
author of several books including Smith Blue (2011), What to Eat, What
to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (2006) and the editor of the
anthology - Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature
Rutgers Regional Climate Symposium
November 20, 2015
Rutgers University - Livingston Student Center
Poster Abstracts Deadline: November 9th
Registration Deadline: November 16th
This symposium is intended
to stimulate interaction and foster collaboration among the
community of natural and social science
climate researchers and university
students from institutions in the greater NJ, NY and
Posters can be on any climate change scholarship; they are not
restricted to the symposium theme.
Climate Change and Polar Regions
Keynote By Jennifer
Francis, Rutgers University
Crazier Weather and The Arctic Meltdown: Are They
Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph
Doug Martinson, Columbia University
Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut
Patricia Yager, University of Georgia
The poster session is
restricted to the symposium theme
Poster abstracts may be submitted on any scholarly research
related to climate change
Key Details and Deadlines
The symposium is free; however, registration is required
Participation is intended for researchers and university students
A limited number of registrations for the general public will be
submissions due by 11:59 PM Monday November 9, 2015
Registration deadline is 11:59 PM Monday November 16, 2015
Agenda and Flyer attached.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - PennEnvironment Tri-Co Training
On November 21st from 12pm-5pm, a number of tri-co environmental
groups and PennEnvironment will be hosting a workshop-style
activism training on Haverford's campus.
This event, which will be open to all student on the tri-co
campuses, will center on providing students with the tools they
need to be effective change-makers on their campuses. Students
will learn the tenets of how to build effective campaigns from the
ground up and will then discuss how to apply these concepts to the
issues they are involved with on campus.
In addition to learning concrete skills about how to craft a
strategy, choose effective tactics and create an outreach plan,
there will also be opportunity for discussion and forming
connections with other groups across the tri-co community. The
training will be led by the Executive Director of PennEnvironment,
David Masur and other PennEnvironment staff members.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Climate Change - Our Call to Ecological Consciousness
The Philadelphia Area Coalition for Responsible Investment
(PACRI) will hold a seminar titled "Climate Change - Our Call to
Ecological Consciousness" at Neumann University in Aston, PA on Saturday, November 21st.
This free event will feature panels discussing a) grassroots
strategies, both local and national, on climate change and b) investing
in a changing environmental and financial world.
The keynote speaker, Ilia Delio, OSF, is a theologian, a
writer, and a dynamic presenter on topics related to religion, science,
ecological consciousness and culture. This seminar promises to be an
enlightening and inspiring gathering. You can register for the event by
clicking on the below link, or by opening the attached flier and
clicking on the appropriate link.
I invite you to also share this announcement with your
colleagues, friends, and anyone else with an interest in our planet's
future. Space is limited, so register soon! If you have any questions,
please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610-558-7764.