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Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

Story posted September 01, 2014

New York City clam vendor, 1900 In this talk Matthew Booker will explore how urban Americans lost their faith in local food by investigating the food panics that helped replace locally-harvested shellfish as the Big Macs of the 19th century with industrial beef, pork and chicken as the daily food of the 20th century working poor. Dr. Booker's work examines the intersection between human beings and the natural world in North America, with a particular focus on the coastal regions …

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Guest Speaker Erika Weinthal Lectures on Water Securitization in Middle East

Story posted May 22, 2014

Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria. On April 16th, Erika Weinthal, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, lectured to Bowdoin students and faculty on the development of international discourse related to the securitization of water and its linkages to climate change and migration in Israel, Jordan, and Syria. Given years of protracted drought in the Middle East, Dr …

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End of Year Cookout

Story posted May 06, 2014

The Environmental Studies Department and the BOC will be hosting a joint end-of-year cookout on Thursday, May 8th at the BOC's Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center. Come and enjoy a chance to connect with ES students and faculty …

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The Future of Cars: Bridging Towards Petroleum Alternatives

Story posted April 14, 2014

Friday, April 18th from 12:30-1:30 pm Beam Classroom, VAC How will we power our cars in the near future? Join three panelists from different perspectives to explore the issue. …

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Green Design Series: Resilient Design

Story posted April 04, 2014

Wednesday, April 9 7PM
Beam Classroom, VAC

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The Garden

Story posted March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31st at 7:30 pm in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall From the ashes of the LA riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future …

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Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria

Story posted March 26, 2014

April 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. in Searles Science Building, Room 315. Protracted droughts and scarce water resources combined with internal and cross-border migration have contributed to the securitization of discourses around migration and water in much of the Middle East …

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Green Career Series: Resilient Design

Story posted March 26, 2014

The Green Careers Series is a fun, casual way to learn about green careers and chat with folks who are working in the field. After a moderated discussion with panelists, there will be ample opportunity for Q&A and conversation …

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Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life

Story posted March 26, 2014

Discussion with Historian and Author Andrew C. Isenberg Thursday, March 27th, at 7pm, in the Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall Join Andrew C …

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RECs and Carbon Neutrality Discussion

Story posted March 26, 2014

Andrew Price ‘95 is the Senior Vice President of Competitive Energy Services, LLC (CES). Mr …

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The 21st Century's Technology Story

Story posted March 24, 2014

Tuesday, March 25th at 7:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium Susan Hockfield, the 16th president of MIT and a professor of Neuroscience, will give the Kates Lecture, titled, "The 21st Century's Technology Story: Biology, Physics, and Engineering Converge." In response to her leadership as a president, in 2006 MIT launched the MIT Energy Initiative, known as MITEI ("mighty"), a $359 million effort to accelerate research, policy, and education to achieve a clean energy future. In recognition of MITEI's momentum, in October 2009 US President Barack Obama became the first American president to speak at MIT and visit its research laboratories. The first life scientist to lead MIT, she championed the breakthroughs emerging from the historic convergence of the life sciences with the engineering and physical sciences, in fields from clean energy to cancer, including the founding of MIT’s David H …

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National Climate Seminar: "Desalination as Adaptation?"

Story posted February 28, 2014

Wed. March 5 at noon

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Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

Story posted February 11, 2014

Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom Event Type: Lecture Sponsor: Environmental Studies Contact: Eileen Johnson - Open to the Public - Making a Difference in the Private Sector: Careers in Corporate Sustainability Panelists include: Kevin Bright: Sustainability Coordinator, Colby College Amy Hattan: Corporate Sustainability Officer, Thornton Tomasetti John Rooks: Sustainability Consultant, President and Founder, The Soap Group Brad Bowers: Plant Manager, Oakhurst Dairy Moderated by Katye Charrette- Emerging Professionals Committee, U.S. Green Building Council Careers in green building are many and varied. Join us to hear from professionals about their careers in Corporate Sustainability …

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Alternative Energy Career Conversation

Story posted February 11, 2014

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Location: Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room) Event Type: Lecture Sponsor: Environmental Studies Contact: Rosemary Armstrong -Open to the Bowdoin Community- Are you interested in learning more about a career in the alternative energy field - from wind power to solar and hydro? Join three Bowdoin alums for pizza and a discussion of their work in the alternative energy field. They will also talk about how they got into the field, and give advice to students …

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Sustainability Careers: Changing the Rules of the Game, with Eban Goodstein

Story posted January 27, 2014

4:30 - 5:30 pm, Thursday, January 30th Adams Hall Common Room "The common key to career success and satisfaction in the sustainability field is the ability and desire to lead, not to manage. …

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"Sweet Blood" and New Directions: Matthew Klingle on his Sabbatical Leave

Story posted October 25, 2013

Although sabbaticals are thought by many students to allow professors a break from the rigors of teaching a full class load, the reality is often quite different. Associate Professor Matthew Klingle (History and Environmental Studies), who teaches interdisciplinary courses in both departments, used his sabbatical during the 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years as “an opportunity to begin tentative new directions in [his] scholarship and teaching.” Thanks to a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W …

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Changing Tides: Perspectives on Sea Level Rise

Story posted October 06, 2013

An interdisciplinary panel to consider both the local and global impacts of sea level rise. Government Professor Allen Springer, geologist Peter Slovinsky of Catalysis Adaptation Partners, and EOS major Cam Adams, '14, will present, highlighting the ways that different governments deal with the issues presented by sea level rise, and what steps are being taken in the Northeast and in Midcoast Maine to combat this problem. Professor Allen Springer teaches courses at Bowdoin in the fields of international law and organization, introductory and advanced international relations, North Atlantic relations, environmental policy and American foreign policy …

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Environmental Studies Pre-Major Meeting

Story posted November 22, 2013

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Voluntary Environmentalists? Are Green Clubs a Win for Businesses and the Environment?

Story posted November 22, 2013

Many companies around the world are participating in voluntary programs that require them to do good things for the environment, even beyond the requirements of government regulations. Some environmentalists worry that these programs are yet more corporate propaganda attempting to greenwash companies’ poor environmental records.  Supporters see in these programs great potential to improve environmental conditions in an era when gridlock prevents government led solutions.  In this talk I will propose an analytic lens that focuses on what problems these programs can solve and what types of rules they need to be effective.  Voluntary programs can induce companies to reduce their pollution emissions if they offer a mechanism that credibly signals their superior environmental behavior.   Matthew Potoski is a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara …

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Cruel Summer: Forest Fires, Climate, and the Enigmatic Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Story posted November 10, 2013

Please join us to hear Kaitlin Keegan of Dartmouth college give a seminar entitled "Cruel Summer: Forest Fires, Climate, and the Enigmatic Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet" on Friday, Oct. 11, at 12:30p.m in Searles 315 …

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Shored Up, Film Screening on Sea Level Rise

Story posted November 07, 2013

Local Political Geography and Institutional Racial Inequality

Story posted September 25, 2013

October 23rd, 7 pm. Searles 315 Dr …

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Zeeman on Environmental Change and the Power of Math

Story posted September 23, 2013

Bowdoin Professor of Mathematics Mary Lou Zeeman is featured in the June/July issue of MAA Focus, the newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America. The article (also viewable here) highlights an environment-themed lecture titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points,” which Zeeman gave as part of the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series. Zeeman sketched graphs of the earth’s energy balance and other phenomena for the audience, and boiled down concepts such as resilience — an ecosystem’s ability to withstand disturbance — to simple mathematical terms. By tracking gradual declines in resilience, Zeeman explained, scientists can figure out how to predict abrupt shifts (or tipping points) before they happen …

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Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

Story posted September 23, 2013

September 26th, 7-9 pm, Searles 315 Kate Brown is a leading historian of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, specializing in environmental history, the history of science and technology, and spatial history. In her latest book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, she provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union. Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is an Associate Professor of History at UMBC …

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Green Career Series: Designing For A Greener Tomorrow

Story posted September 23, 2013

Thursday, October 3rd,  7:00, Beam Classroom Careers in green building are many and varied. Join us to hear from four professionals about their careers in green building.  You’ll hear their “career stories” – how they came to be doing what they’re doing, their lessons learned along the way, and about their experiences in green building The Green Careers Series is a fun, casual way to learn about green careers and pick the brains of folks who are working in green careers …

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Americans and Birds (Joel Greenberg)

Story posted September 16, 2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 4:30 pm, Beam Classroom, VAC

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Applications of Network Science to Environmental Policy (Mark Lubell)

Story posted August 29, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:30 pm Main Lounge, Moulton Union Mark Lubell Professor Mark Lubell, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis, will share lessons learned from more than 15 years conducting economics valuation research to inform public policy decisions. He will speak about social networks as core components of policy processes and individual decision-making …

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Bowdoin Symposium leads to Special Issue of 'Conservation and Society'

Story posted August 02, 2013

Story by Abby McBride, June 20, 2013 Photo: Khumbu, India. Photo credit: Ashish Kotari This spring the Journal Conservation and Society published a special issue on community-based conservation, inspired by a symposium hosted by Bowdoin College a few years back. The introductory article – “Conservation As If People Mattered: Policy and Practice of Community-based Conservation” – was written by former Mellon Global Scholar Ashish Kothari, Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science Philip Camill, and conservation professional Jessica Brown. “Rather than trying to conserve natural areas by taking people out of them, we looked at ways of using participation by local groups to actually aid in conservation efforts,” Camill said …

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Domestic and International Marine Sanctuaries: Stellwagon Bank As A Case Study

Story posted April 29, 2013

Thursday, May 2 7:30-8:30 (CANCELLED) RESCHEDULED: Wednesday May 8 , 4:30-5:30 ES Common Room, Adams Hall An Independent study project by Sarah Johnson and Matt Gamache   Join Sarah and Matt as they present their research on domestic and international marine sanctuaries and their legal and political structures. Their research focuses on Stellwagen Bank, MA and also investigates international attempts to create and monitor marine sanctuaries, comparing the tactics and outcomes of various strategies …

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The Flow of Energy Through the Climate System

Story posted April 24, 2013

Friday, April 26 12:30-1:30 Room 315, Searles Science Building Open to the Public Reception 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm in Searles 314 Aaron Donohoe, as part of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate at MIT, explores the processes controlling the global mean energy balance of the Earth and the poleward energy transport in the climate system. The global mean planetary albedo is partitioned into a component due to atmospheric reflection (clouds) and a component due to surface reflection …

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Shaun Golding '01 Returns to Bowdoin to Teach Environmental Studies and Sociology Courses

Story posted April 18, 2013

            Shaun Golding is a Visiting Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department for the 2012-2013 academic year. This past fall he taught Environmental Sociology and Migration, Work, and Inequality in the Global Economy …

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Film Screening of Thin Ice

Story posted April 17, 2013

Monday, April 22, 1pm Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall Organized by the Arctic Museum The global launch of a film entitled "Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science" will take place on Earth Day, Monday, 22 April 2013. The film aims to give people from all walks of the life the chance to  see the astonishing range of human activity and as scientific endeavor required to help us understand our changing climate …

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Mathematics and the Melting Polar Ice Caps

Story posted April 10, 2013

Friday, April 12 6:00-7:00pm Kresge Auditorium, VAC Dr. Kenneth Golden, presents the Dan E …

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Film Screening of YERT

Story posted April 10, 2013

Thursday, April 18 6:30pm-9:00pm ES Common Room, Adams Hall 3 friends. 50 States …

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Place, Hope and Conservation: How the Oldest Species of Bird on Earth Taught One Man to Adapt to the Future

Story posted April 08, 2013

Thursday, April 11 4:00pm-5:00pm Veam Classroom, VAC Open to the public free of charge. Hank Lentfer, author of Faith of Cranes, will discuss the challenges of conservation work in our increasingly consumptive culture, and how having an attachment to place and community can give us greater hope for the future. Using images and sounds gathered from a life embedded on Alaska's wild edge, Hank will explore the role of beauty and wonder to inspire the work of conservation. “Not that I don’t get discouraged by our seemingly endless ability to keep making the same mistakes, but I have learned to balance the despair with increasingly long bouts of celebrations, and wonder, and (when I am most lucky) pure joy …

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'Sustainable' Businesses: Good Partners For Environmentalists?

Story posted April 08, 2013

Wednesday, April 10 7:00pm-8:30 Beam Classroom, VAC Four years ago Walmart organized The Sustainability Consortium in cooperation with the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International and other environmental groups, plus 80 companies including Stonyfield and 7th Generation.  Their goal is to develop an Index to measure the sustainability of all their products, so customers can be certain they are buying green, and companies can measure progress in meeting their environmental and social goals. Bob Kerr of Pure Strategies helps manage the negotiations. Is this a promising new way to save the planet? Robert L …

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Switch Film Screening: Discover The Future of Energy

Story posted April 01, 2013

Tuesday, April 23 7:30pm Kresge Auditorium, VAC   Now playing at more than 300 universities, see the film that’s changing the global energy conversation. Nonpartisan yet revolutionary, Switch unites diverse audiences in a shared understanding of energy.   In Switch, Dr …

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Compass Points: Art, Science, and the Arctic

Story posted April 01, 2013

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Reaching Day Zero: Living Sustainably at Bowdoin and Beyond

Story posted March 25, 2013

Tuesday, April 2 7:00 -8:30pm Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom An interdisciplinary faculty-facilitated conversation on what Bowdoin students can do about climate change and how different fields can contribute to the conversation. Moderated by President Barry Mills and led by a panel featuring Casey Meehan (Education), David Collings (English, Gay and Lesbian Studies), Emily Peterman (EOS), Laura Henry (Government), Mary Lou Zeeman (Math), Barbara Putnam (Visual Arts), and Katy Longley (Bowdoin's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer). For more information contact Courtney Payne, Anna Hall, or Margaret Lindeman …

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The National Climate Seminar Conference: Between God and Green

Story posted March 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 3 12:00-1:00 PM Adams Hall, ES Commons Room Bring a bag lunch and join us for this conference call with Katharine K. Wilkinson, a former staff member at the National Resource Defense Council, and author of- Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change (Oxford University Press) …

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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

Story posted March 06, 2013

Join a Book Discussion over lunch or dinner: Monday, March 25 Dinner, Mitchell South, Thorne, 5:30-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26 Lunch, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 11:30 am-1:00 pm Wednesday, March 27 Dinner, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 5:30- 7:00 pm Thursday, March 28th 10:00 am - 11:00 am Conversation about writing, ES Common Room, Adams Hall 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch at the Outing Club 12:30 pm -2:00 pm: Shuttle and tours of Milkweed Farm, Brunswick (Shuttle and bike options) 7:00 pm: Dinner with Students and Faculty at Ladd House (limited seating, sign up) Friday, March 29th 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lecture-The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (Kresge Auditorium), book signing to follow in the Kresge Lobby. The lecture is open to the public free of charge. Janisse Ray is writer, naturalist and activist, and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry …

Summer 2012 Fellowships

Story posted March 04, 2013

Click here to learn more about applications and past summer fellowships Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship Sam “David” Bruce ‘13  - UrbanLab, Chicago Sam “David” Bruce ‘13 is the first recipient of the Cooke fellowship, established by Chester W. Cooke III ’57 to support students pursuing environmental studies …

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Sustainable Harvests? Rural Development and Conservation in the Wests Forest Landscapes

Story posted February 25, 2013

Monday, March 4, 7:00-8:30pm Moulton Union, Main Lounge With Maine's vast tracts of corporate and recently-divested forest lands, and with its many struggling timber-dependent communities, our state shares more in common with large Western states than with the rest of New England. Kathryn DeMaster and Melanie Parker will draw parallels and contrasts between the cultural and economic landscapes of Maine's forested northern rim and the American West, both of which have been shaped by large absentee landowners. In light of Maine's on-going dialogue over development of Plum Creek lands in the Moosehead Lake region, these issues resonate locally. Kathryn DeMaster's work centers on sustainable agriculture and rural development …

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A Conversation with Jerry Knecht: Creating Sustainable Fisheries in the Emerging World and in The Gulf of Maine

Story posted February 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 4:00-5:00pm ES Common Room, Adams Hall Join us for a discussion about the future of fisheries here in the Gulf of Maine, and in the emerging world. Jerry Knecht '76, is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood in Portland Maine. North Atlantic Seafood is a member of the Gulf of Maine Sustainable Seafood Initiative's Industry Working Group that is engaged in developing ways to support and market sustainable species from the Gulf of Maine.  Mr …

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Creating Sustainable Fisheries in the Emerging World - Working Hard to Save Us From Ourselves

Story posted February 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 5 7:30-8:30 pm  Main Lounge, Moulton Union Jerry Knecht, '76, is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood, in Portland, Maine. Mr …

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Green Athletes Talk

Story posted February 20, 2013

Friday, March 1, 12-1:30 Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Join Alice Henly, Coordinator of the National Resources Defense Council's Collegiate Sports Greening Project, to learn how to use the significant cultural and market influence of sports to promote environmental stability at stadiums, among fans, and to the industry's massive supply chain. …

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Chasing Ice: Film Screening

Story posted February 20, 2013

Saturday, March 2 7:00 pm Kresge Auditorium, Kresge Visual Arts Center Click Here to Watch The Trailer In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change …

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The National Climate Seminar Conference Call Series: Offshore Wind- Potential and Politics

Story posted February 11, 2013

Wednesday, February 20 12:00-1:00 PM Adams Hall, Room 103 (ES Commons Room) Bring a bag lunch and join us for this conference call with Mike Tidwell, Founder and Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network. We'll have drinks and cookies. Join us every first and third Wednesday via conference call and listen in real-time to climate professionals discuss the latest science, politics, and economics of climate change …

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Land Grabs in Tanzania: The Scramble Over Nature, Food, and Fuel

Story posted February 04, 2013

Wed. Feb 20- Lecture 1:00-2:00 PM ES Common Room Wed …

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The Climate Reality Project with Richard Jennings

Story posted February 04, 2013

February 10, 2013: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room) Open to the Bowdoin Community The Climate Reality Project was developed by Al Gore in 2006, and has been refined since then, to reflect current issues and challenges. Floods, fires, droughts, storms all over the globe are portrayed, with the resulting human impacts …

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The National Climate Seminar: Cutting Carbon at Power Plants

Story posted February 04, 2013

12pm-1pm ES Common Room, Adams Bring a bag lunch and join us for this conference call with Dan Lashof! We will supply drinks and cookies. Join us every first and third Wednesday via conference call and listen in real-time to climate professionals discuss the latest science, politics, and economics of climate change. It is possible to listen online after the call and all calls are available as podcasts 24 hours after the event …

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Professor Lichter Involves ES Class in Data Collection

Story posted January 23, 2013

Students in Perspectives in Environmental Science study forest plots and collect data on tree growth at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center. These data are used to examine the rate of carbon sequestration occurring on the property using growth as a proxy …

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Internships and Fellowships Information Session

Story posted January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 29 7:00-8:30pm Main Lounge, Moulton Union Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the broad range of summer internships, felolowships and other opportunities that are open to you.  Get tips on the application process, and hear from students who had various fellowships last summer. The Environmental Studies Program has three summer Fellowship Programs: Community Matters in Maine Environmental Fellowships, Enviromental Justice and Sustainability Fellowships, and the Cooke Enviornmental Research Fellowship …

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Climate Change - Realities and Opportunities: What Earth's Most Remote Places Tell Us About the State of Our World and the Future

Story posted December 06, 2012

Thursday, April 4 7:00 pm Kresge Auditorium, VAC Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is director and professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine …

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Creating Sustainable Fisheries in the Emerging World - Working Hard to Save Us From Ourselves

Story posted December 04, 2012

Tuesday, Feb 19 7:30 pm Searles Hall Room 315 Jerry Knecht, Bowdoin class of 1976 is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood, in Portland, Maine and PT Bali Seafood International in the Lesser Sundra region of Indonesia. Jerry will give a talk about his involvement with the development of sustainable fisheries in Indonesia Due to the extreme remoteness and lack of infrastructure on Indonesia's islands, the region's fisheries have been protected from major development …

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Recycling Challenge at Men's Basketball Game

Story posted December 04, 2012

Friday, December 7, 7pm in in Morrell Gym Recycling/Composting Challenge at Men's Basketball Game vs. …

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Community Reads Program with Janisse Ray

Story posted October 27, 2012

  Janisse Ray is writer, naturalist and activist, and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. In her most recent book The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, Ray writes about the renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions taking hold across the country and of something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk that is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds …

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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

Story posted October 20, 2012

Join a Book Discussion over lunch or dinner:  Monday, March 25 Dinner, Mitchell South, Thorne, 5:30-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26 Lunch, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 11:30 am-1:00 pm Wednesday, March 27 Dinner, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 5:30- 7:00 pm Thursday, March 28th 10:00 am-11:00 am: Conversation about writing, ES Common Room, Adams Hall 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Homecooked lunch at the Outing Club 12:30 pm -2:00 pm: Shuttle and tours of Milkweed Farm, Brunswick (Shuttle or bike options) 6:30 pm: Dinner with Students and Faculty at Ladd House (limited seating, sign up) Friday, March 29th 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lecture-The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (Kresge Auditorium) The lecture is open to the public free of charge Book Sales and Signing in Kresge Lobby  Janisse Ray is writer, naturalist and activist, and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow …

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Being Animal, Becoming Human: Exploring the Human-Animal Boundary in the Visual Culture of Early Modern Europe

Story posted October 13, 2012

Wednesday, November 14 6:30pm - 8:00 pm Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom Susan Merriam, Associate Professor of Art History from Bard College will speak on "Being Animal, Becoming Human. …

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Walter Wuthmann's Essay Won High Country News Annual Student Essay Contest

Story posted November 16, 2012

Congratulations to Walter Wuthmann (2014) who recently won High Country News annual student essay contest! He majors in English and Environmental Studies. Walter grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He is fueled by what his friends perceive as a disturbing love of books and a massive environmental guilt …

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Environmental Studies Pre-Major Meeting

Story posted November 16, 2012

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Launch Your Green Dream Job: Energy and Sustainability Alumni Panel

Story posted November 11, 2012

Monday, October 22 7:30 pm - 8:30pm Quinby House Are you interested in an environmental career, but uncertain how to go about landing an internship or a job? Join us for this alumni panel to learn about the various career paths that five different graduates from the Class of 2010 pursued on their way to landing a green dream job! Participants from the Class of 2010 Brooks Winner, Community Energy Associate at the Island Institute Thai Ha-Ngoc, Program Assistant at The Henry P. …

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Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest (Film screening)

Story posted November 10, 2012

Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 7:00 PM Kresge Auditorium The film follows the family of Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson, their two sons and their crew through the 2009 growing season, as they struggle first against the rainiest June on record, then with a potato blight that threatens to destroy their entire crop. Co-sponsored by Film Studies and the Environmental Studies Program. …

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Adapting to Change: An interactive Panel Discussion on Climate Adaptation & Preparedness

Story posted September 19, 2012

Adapting to Change: An interactive Panel Discussion on Climate Adaptation & Preparedness Wed. Oct 3 7:00-8:30 pm Searles Hall, Room 315 A Pre-conference panel discussion of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association …

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Protecting Canyonlands in Southern Utah

Story posted September 14, 2012

Wednesday, Sept 19 7:00 pm
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

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Navigating Alaskan Waters: Natives, Science and Politics

Story posted September 14, 2012

Thursday, Sept 20 4:00-5:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

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Arctic Petroleum: Let Science Inform Decisions

Story posted September 13, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:00 PM
Searles Hall 315
Open to the public free of charge

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Environmental Studies Open House: 9/12 @ 7:30

Story posted September 10, 2012

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The Future Is In The Dirt: A Talk by Ben Hewitt

Story posted September 06, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Art Center
This talk is open to the public free of charge 

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Roundtable on A River Lost and Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place

Story posted September 04, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 4:30-6pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

A roundtable discussion on  A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place

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Professor John Lichter on Resilience Thinking: Ecological Recovery in Coastal Maine

Story posted July 25, 2012

Maine used to be a major fishery. Salmon and Alewives used to fill its rivers by the millions and fish such as Cod and Blue Fin Tuna could be found in abundance along Maine’s shores …

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Klingle and Kolster Collaborate on "A River Lost and Found"

Story posted July 24, 2012

Michael Kolster "Rapids, Lisbon Falls (grid), 2010" The Androscoggin River, once devastated by contamination and labeled one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country, is now partially recovered and in a new phase. The complexities of the river’s legacy and its potential are captured in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative project by Bowdoin professors Matthew Klingle and Michael Kolster. Klingle, an environmental historian, and Kolster, a photographer, pose important questions about its shifting cultural and economic status in their interactive installation, A River Lost and Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place, a companion to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s William Wegman: Hello Nature, both of which opened July 13. Also incorporated are oral histories collected on an ongoing basis from members of the Maine community …

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Ben Martens '06 Policy Analyst with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association in Chatham, MA

Story posted July 20, 2012

Tuesday, April 19

Lunch in Hutchinson Room, 12-1

ES Philosophy student investigates sustainability

Story posted July 19, 2012

Chris Jayne ’13 has jumped into the middle of a fray. It’s a philosophical fray, however, so he’ll likely come out of it with few bruises …

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Commencement Reception

Story posted May 18, 2012

Friday, May 25 2012 12:00-pm-2:00pm ES Common Room, Adams Hall A reception for all graduating environmental studies majors/minors, families and friends. …

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ES End of Year Cookout

Story posted April 23, 2012

Monday, May 7th 5:30-7:30 Schwarz Outdoor Leadership Center Join us for our annual ES end of year cookout! We'll be grilling. …

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Basel Action Network Film Screening and Discussion

Story posted April 18, 2012

Tuesday, May 1 7:30 pm ES Common Room, Adams Hall This event is only open to the Bowdoin Community   Come join us for a screening of  two videos from the Basel Acton Network, a group that focuses on the signing and implementation of the UN Treaty designed to prevent the international transfer of toxic wastes. Both videos focus on E-Waste and it's exportation from more developed to less developed nations …

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Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine Symposium

Story posted April 16, 2012

This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th on the campus of Bowdoin College, with an optional field trip on Sunday afternoon to the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island. The symposium research talks are open to the public and will feature a distinguished group of invited speakers representing 17 different institutions …

Trash Audit

Story posted April 11, 2012

Friday, April 20th, 10am-2pm Swing by Hyde Plaza and watch as eco reps and Green Bowdoin sort through trash bags in an effort to gauge how well Bowdoin students are recycling and where we can all improve. …

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Eco Service Day

Story posted April 11, 2012

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Addressing Poverty in Peru: A Talk with Adam Ureneck

Story posted April 09, 2012

Wednesday, April 11 McKeen Center Common Room, Banister Hall 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Adam Ureneck, a 2004 Bowdoin graduate (Environmental Studies & History), has worked in Peru for over nine years, both as a student and organizer for Solidaridad en Marcha, an international organization dedicated to working with the poorest of the poor. Based in his experience in Lima's shantytowns as well as his development work in Perus High Andes, Adam will specifically address the problem of relying entirely on technical solutions to the many challenges that face a complex cultural and social reality such as the one found in Perus highland region …

Graduate Student Information Session

Story posted March 26, 2012

What to think about in selecting a graduate school

 

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John Rooks and Sustainable Organization Advocacy Partners

Story posted March 26, 2012

The SOAP Group works with companies, governments, and organizations to understand, improve, communicate, and own their impact in the world.

The Redneck Legacy: King Coal and Appalachian Activism, 1912-2012

Story posted March 12, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall Bowdoin College Chuck Keeney—a local activist, and labor and environmental justice historian from West Virginia—discusses the impacts of mountaintop removal mining, what the people of Appalachia are doing to stop it, and how we can help here in Maine. Dr. C …

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Cooking With Local Foods- Wed. March 28

Story posted March 09, 2012

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Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Story posted March 09, 2012

Friday, April 6th, 7pm Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall There will be a showing of the film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, the award winning film about the impact on people and the Earth posed by human's growing population. The film breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth …

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Tapping Bowdoin's Maples- Make Maple Syrup

Story posted March 05, 2012

Join the effort—The Tapping Begins Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00 AM behind Quinby House (Next door to Mac House, Main St.) Bowdoin students will be tapping Bowdoin maple trees, and producing maple syrup. A culminating event will take place in late March- Maple Syrup Sunday, Sunday, March 25 …

Meet What you Eat Events Spring 2012

Story posted February 20, 2012

Feed the Farmer Lunch --select Friday’s at Noon at Thorne Dining Hall Meet some of the farmers who provide products to Bowdoin dining Friday, February 24: Stew Smith (Lakeside Farm), Sarah Ayres (Farm Fresh); Neil & Cathi (Greenwood’s Apples) Friday, March 2: Marada (Crown of Maine); Jeff Wolovitz (Heiwa Tofu) Mini theme at Dinner “Great Breakfast Grains” (Fiddler’s Green Farm) Thursday, March 1 Thorne Hall Dining Lunchtime cooking Class- Risotto Basics with Chefs Keith Langston and Matt Escorcio Wednesday, March 21 Maple Syrup Demonstrations Beginning Tuesday, March 6 at Quinby House at 11:00 Bowdoin students will be tapping Bowdoin maple trees, and producing maple syrup. A culminating event will take place in late March …

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Meet Your Farmer: APRIL 4!

Story posted February 17, 2012

Spring 2012 Events

Story posted February 07, 2012

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Ravens' Conflict and Cooperation at the Feast

Story posted February 01, 2012

Thursday, February 16 7:30 pm Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall Bernd Heinrich is the author of numerous award-winning books, including the bestselling Winter World, Mind of the Raven, and Why We Run, and has received countless honors for his scientific work. He also writes for Scientific American, Outside, American Scientist, and Audubon; and he has written book reviews and op-eds for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He studied at the University of Maine and UCLA, and is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont …

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Dimensions of Environmental Justice- Megs Gendreau

Story posted December 06, 2011

Monday, Dec. 12 at 3:00, Adams 406

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Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative: The Messi Road from Biology to Sustainability Science

Story posted October 18, 2011

David Hart will give the Biology Department Seminar Thursday, December 1,2011 at 4:00 pm in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 20, preceded by a reception in Druck 20 at 3:30 pm. David Hart, is Research Leader of Sustainability Solutions Initiative, and Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center …

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Naomi Oreskes Lecture: "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" - Golz Lecture, Tuesday, November 15

Story posted November 27, 2011

Naomi Oreskes - "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM in Kresge Auditorium, VAC -- Open to the public

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and an internationally renowned historian of science and author. 



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Lunch with Environmental Lawyer John Duff

Story posted November 12, 2011

  John Duff, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Environmental, Earth & Ocean Sciences Department, University of Massachusetts/Boston Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00-1:00 Hutchinson Room, THorne Hall John Duff will be visiting Damon Gannon's Marine Conservation Biology class and will be meeting with interested faculty, staff and students over lunch in the Hitchinson room, Thorne Hall. Please get your lunch 'through the line' and join the conversation. John Duff received his J.D …

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Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries

Story posted November 06, 2011

“Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries” is a collaborative project which brings together scientists and students from Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Southern Maine,  the Penobscot East Resource Center, the University of Maine and stakeholders throughout the two watersheds. Members of our research team have long and significant experience working on environmental issues related to Maine’s rivers and coastal waterways. Our research seeks to understand the ecological and socioeconomic influences on recovery of our rivers, estuaries, and coastal marine environments …

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Santagata Lecture: “Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?” Elliott Sober

Story posted September 28, 2011

Monday, October 24  7:30 pm Kresge Auditorium, VAC Elliott Sober is the Hans Reichenbach Professor and William Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University fo Wisconsin. The two big ideas in Darwin’s theory of evolution are common ancestry and natural selection …

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Building Stronger Communities with Fair and Affordable Housing

Story posted September 28, 2011

From Downtown to Downeast: Fostering Community Voices for Fair and Affordable Housing Featuring: Ben Beach ’97, Elise Selinger ‘10 and  Ian Yaffe ‘09 Moderator, Professor Craig McEwen, Sociology Monday, October 17, 4:00 pm Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union Using the example of a low-income Latino immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles where he worked for nearly a decade, Ben Beach ’97, attorney and Director of the Community Benefits Law Center, illuminates the power of campaigns for “community benefits,” including efforts to win standards that create affordable housing as a part of local economic development. Elise Selinger ’10, Associate at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) in New York City, illustrates how this organization preserves affordable housing and promotes self-sufficiency through a system in which low-income residents collectively own and democratically govern limited-equity housing cooperatives …

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Camill To Begin New Arctic Soil-Carbon Research

Story posted September 26, 2011

Phil Camill, Bowdoin's Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science, recently was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a new Arctic soil-carbon project. "Collaborative Research: RUI: Sensitivity of Circum-Arctic Peatland Carbon to Holocene Warm Climates and Climate Seasonality," will involve a pan-Arctic collection and synthesis of peat core carbon accumulation records in Alaska, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Labrador, Scandinavia, Western and Eastern Siberia and Kamchatka. "The idea," explained Camill, "is that we can examine known past warm events and see how wetlands in the Arctic stored carbon during those times. …

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What Happened to the Rats? Crusoe’s Island Ecology (Lucinda Cole)

Story posted September 26, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom Please join us for a talk by Lucinda Cole, professor at the University of Southern Maine, working at the forefront of the study of animals, the environment, and literature in the early modern period. …

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Biodiversity, Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Story posted August 29, 2011

Shahid Naeem, Dept. …

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Professor Nelson Helps Answer the Big Question- What is Nature Worth?

Story posted April 28, 2011

How do you put a price value on the environment?  This was the exact question that Bowdoin’s Professor Erik Nelson tried to help Peter Kareiva, Heather Tallis, Taylor H. Ricketts, Gretchen C …

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The Environmental History of Fisheries: A Workshop with Joseph Taylor and Coastal Studies Scholar Ted Ames

Story posted April 14, 2011

 Thursday, April 28 4:00 PM
ES Common Room, Adams Hall 

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Jeremy Litchfield, Founder of Maine's Own ATAYNE Athletic Gear

Story posted March 31, 2011

Tuesday, April 26
Buck 211, 8-9pm

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Screening: Truck Farm

Story posted March 31, 2011

Tuesday, April 5 7:30-9:30 pm
ES Common Room, Adams Hall

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Third Annual Locavore Dinner!!!

Story posted March 10, 2011

Third Annual Locavore Dinner!!!
Wednesday, April 6th
Thorne Dining Hall

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Wes Jackson- Consulting the Genius of Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture

Story posted March 10, 2011

Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute
Monday, April 11 7:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Art Center

Free and open to the public. Due to the high demand for this event tickets are required. A limited number of tickets will be available beginning at 7:00 pm 'at the door' on April 11. Additional seating will be available in Beam Classroom where the talk will be projected. Audience members in Beam will be invited into Kresge Auditorium for the Q&A at the end of the talk.

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Cooked: A documentary film & social action project in process

Story posted February 21, 2011

Cooked: A documentary film by Judith Helfand
April 14 4:00-6:30 
ES Common Room

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The End of Western Water

Story posted February 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 13 4:00 pm
ES Common Room, Adams Hall

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Accra Shepp

Story posted February 21, 2011

March 9 7:30 pm
Beam Classroom, VAC 7:00-9:00 pm

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Water, Water Everywhere: Dynamic Ice Sheets and the Potential for Rapid 21st Century Sea Level Rise

Story posted February 21, 2011

Friday, March 4 Lecture: 12:30, Searles 315
Reception: 12-12:30 Searles 314

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The Cost of Coal: Emily Simons

Story posted February 21, 2011

Monday, February 28
Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Why We Favor Organic and Local Foods- A Biologist's and Farmer's Perspective

Story posted February 17, 2011

Dinner and Converstaion

Date and Time: (Wed March 2 6:00 Tentative)

Meatless Monday

Story posted February 17, 2011

Bowdoin Dining Will Serve a "Meatless Monday" Dinner

Monday, Feb 21

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Ben Martens '06 Policy Analyst with the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association in Chatham, MA

Story posted February 03, 2011

Tuesday, April 19

Lunch in Hutchinson Room, 12-1

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Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York

Story posted February 03, 2011

Sandy Zipp

Brown University, Department of American Civilization and Urban Studies Program

Monday, March 28 7:00 pm

Location: Searles 315

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Meet What You Eat

Story posted February 03, 2011

A 2011 campus initiative to raise awareness about eating locally.

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Ever thought about grad school in the environmental field?

Story posted December 22, 2010

Bring lunch and join Dr. Eban Goldstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 12-1
in the ES Common Room, Adams Hall

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier - The Right To Be Cold

Story posted December 17, 2010

Canadian Inuit activist, Sheila Watt-Cloutier is the Tallman Scholar at Bowdoin College for 2010-2011. She works on a range of social and environmental issues affecting Inuit, focusing on climate change and persistent organic pollutants in the Arctic.

Shelia Watt-Cloutier presented the Tallman Lecture Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium.

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Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Geoengineering as a response to Climate Change: A Bad Concept Meets an Urgent Problem

Story posted December 07, 2010

Dale Jamieson is a leading expert on the ethics of climate change.  In this presentation, he will focus on his recent critiques of geoengineering as an approach for alleviating climate warming
Wednesday, February 9 7:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

An informal discussion for faculty, staff and students and Dr. Jamieson will take place in the ES Common Room, Adams Hall from 4:00-5:00.

Green Business: Doing Well by Doing Good

Story posted December 07, 2010

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series with Gary Hirshberg (Stonyfield Yogurt)
Wednesday, April 13 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Seeking the Common Good Series on Public Health

Story posted December 07, 2010

In response to increased student and faculty interest in this field, this series takes a multi-disciplinary look at public health issues on the local, national and international levels. …

Santagata Lecture

Story posted December 07, 2010

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Spring Semester Events

Story posted December 06, 2010

Check out the line up of co-curricular events for the spring semester...

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Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbing and the Nature of Risk

Story posted October 11, 2010

Wednesday, April 27,2011 7:30 pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston

Story posted September 23, 2010

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:30 PM
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

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