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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.

Upcoming Events

 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

Bard 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 proposals below.

Asia/Environment Student Research Conference, April 14-15.
Undergraduate 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.

With 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.

The 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 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

 At 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.

A 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.

 To 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 Proposals are due by Friday January 15th, 2016.

Eban Goodstein

Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy &
Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability


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

Camille Dungy
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.
This 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 Poetry.

Rutgers Regional Climate Symposium 2015

November 20, 2015
 Rutgers University - Livingston Student Center
 Piscataway NJ

 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 Philadelphia region
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 Connected?

Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph
Doug Martinson, Columbia University
Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut
Patricia Yager, University of Georgia

Poster Session
The poster session is not  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 made available.

Poster abstract 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 or by phone at 610-558-7764.


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