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Sustainability careers: Changing the Rules of the Game

Sustainability careers: Changing the Rules of the Game

January 30, 2014 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

"The common key to career success and satisfaction in the sustainability field is the ability and desire to lead, not to manage. By definition, driving sustainability-either though rule-changing (policy) or game-playing (business)-involves taking people where they otherwise would not go, and inspiring others to lead in the same direction." Join Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College for a discussion about careers in the sustainability field.

Read an article in Green Biz magazine by Eban Goodstein to learn more about his thoughts on careers in the sustainability field. This event is co-sponsored by Sustainable Bowdoin and the Environmental Studies Program.

Image credit: Image of Man with blank sign outside by Stephen Finn; inset of pollution and clean energy by Tom Wang, both via Shutterstock. Photo collage by GreenBiz Group

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Environmental Justice: At the Crossroads with Public Health, Conservation Politics, and Generational Change

Environmental Justice: At the Crossroads with Public Health, Conservation Politics, and Generational Change

February 8, 2014 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership, Beebe Room

Schwartz Outdoor Leadership, Beebe Room

This program will bring together practitioners and experts in the environmental justice movement who will focus on the interconnected issues of environmental health, and conservation politics. Speakers and participants will also explore and discuss the importance of equity, inclusiveness and diversity for the future of the environmental movement and social change.

Angela Park will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Park is the founder and executive director of Diversity Matters (soon to be Mission Critical), a Fellow of the Sustainability Institute's Donella Meadows Leadership Program, and author of Everybody's Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. Ms. Park is a writer and a consultant to non-profits, governments, foundations, and companies. Much of her work focuses on the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues, and she is a leading expert on equity and diversity in the environmental field in the United States.

This symposium is free to Bowdoin students, staff, and faculty. A $10 registration fee to cover lunch is asked of other participants.

REGISTER HERE.

For more information please contact Rosie Armstrong, 207-725-3396, rarmstro@bowdoin.edu.

CO-SPONSORED BY the Departments of Africana Studies, Earth & Oceanographic Science, Gender & Women's Studies, Government & Legal Studies, History, Math, Philosophy, the Asian Studies Program, Environmental Studies Program, the McKeen Center, and Sustainable Bowdoin.

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Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

February 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

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

This program is a project of the Emerging Professionals Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, Maine Chapter, and hosted by the Bowdoin College Career Planning Center and the Environmental Studies Program. Questions? Call 725-3396.

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Beyond Bowdoin: Germany and Europe in our Careers

Beyond Bowdoin: Germany and Europe in our Careers

April 8, 2014 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

"Beyond Bowdoin: Germany and Europe in our Careers," a panel presentation with Bowdoin alumni (Keri Forbringer '10, Julia Littlefield '11, and Bryce Lednar '11) and co-moderated by Professors Steven Cerf and Birgit Tautz of the German Dept.

A "Germany In Europe" Campus Weeks event, sponsored by the German Embassy and the Bowdoin College German Department.


Open to the Public.  Free.

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Is 'Conservative Environmentalist' an Oxymoron?

Is 'Conservative Environmentalist' an Oxymoron?

April 10, 2014 4:15 PM  – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

The lecture will be delivered by Steven F. Hayward, currently the inaugural visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

From 2002 to 2012 Professor Hayward was the F.K Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D in American Studies and an M.A. in Government from Claremont Graduate School. He writes frequently on a wide range of current topics, including environmentalism, law, economics, and public policy for publications including National Review, Reason, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Public Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, and Policy Review. He is the author of a two-volume narrative history of Ronald Reagan and his effect on American political life, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980, and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989 (CrownForum books).

The evening is sponsored by the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund, which was established at Bowdoin College in 1990 by family members, professional colleagues and friends of John C. Donovan. Donovan served as Bowdoin's DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government from 1965 until his death in 1984. Established through the leadership of Shepard Lee, Bowdoin Class of 1947, this fund is used to support lectures in the field of political science.

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

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

April 16, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
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. This presentation will examine how Israel, Jordan, and Syria frame issues of water, climate change, and migration as national security concerns in different ways. Dr. Weinthal and her colleagues identify two different framings of the water-climate-migration nexus, depending on whether migration is largely external or internal. In Israel and Jordan, concern with influxes of external migrants elevated migration as a security issue in part through impacts on already-scarce water resources. In Syria, where severe drought in the early 2000s prompted large-scale internal migration, officials downplayed connections between scarce water resources, drought, and internal migration, part of a broader pattern of rural neglect.

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building.

Dr. Weinthal is Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment. She earned a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Co-sponsored by the Government Department and Environmental Studies Program with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.

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The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

April 23, 2014 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

Please join us as Dr. Kivland explores the relationship between street gangs, grassroots community politics, the state, and international development and aid organizations in Port-au-Prince Haiti.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:00 pm
VAC Beam


Chelsey Kivland is the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and is a cultural and political anthropologist who studies street politics and violence in urban Haiti. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and Cultural Anthropology, and she is currently preparing a book entitled "Street Sovereigns: Politics, Violence, and Development in Urban Haiti."

Sponsored by: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund.

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Human Trafficking Q&A

Human Trafficking Q&A

April 24, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

June Guo will share insights from her recent experience attending the Not Here conference on Human Trafficking. She will be joined by a panel of faculty and other concerned students to answer questions, examine the local and global dimensions of the problem, and discuss what Bowdoin can do to make a difference on this issue.

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Two Presidents Are Better Than One - Lecture by David Orentlicher

Two Presidents Are Better Than One - Lecture by David Orentlicher

April 29, 2014 4:15 PM  – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

How can we fix our broken political system? The notion of a plural executive was rejected in 1781 but perhaps "two presidents are better than one" - a constitutional reform that could help to solve problems of executive power and decision-making, political polarization, and public disengagement.

Professor David Orentlicher of Indiana University's School of Law will present this provocative argument which forms the basis of his new book, "Two Presidents are Better than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch" (NYU Press, 2013).

Sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

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