Spring 2014 Events

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.


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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"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall

February 27, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities with the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, shares Galileo Galilei's insults written for philosophers and inspired by Italian poets with a reading from her new book. Also, in celebration of Galileo's 450th birthday and 404th anniversary of his observation of the moon and Jupiter, attendees will partake in a live demonstration using Galileoscopes. These telescopes allow one to view things the same as Galileo.

Crystal Hall holds a PhD and an MA in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research and teaching draw from the interdisciplinary crossroads of Italian literature, early modern science and philosophy, and digital studies. The research for Galileo's Reading generated the material for her digital humanities project "Galileo's Library" and the conclusions she reached while writing the book are allowing her to test new tools for large-scale text analysis in multilingual bodies of work.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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Common Hour with Dan Kahan, Professor of Psychology at Yale Law

Common Hour with Dan Kahan, Professor of Psychology at Yale Law

April 4, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include science communication and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2014 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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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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"What Does Neuroscience Teach us About Free Will?" with Daniel Dennett

April 29, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

A number of distinguished neuroscientists have recently been declaring that their science shows that free will is an illusion. It turns out that what they mean by this is something quite trivial, having almost nothing to do with whether or not we can be morally responsible choosers of our actions--but some of them think otherwise. Exposing the confusions in their thinking is a good job for philosophers.

Please join us for this free lecture
Tuesday, April 29th
4:00 pm
Druckenmiller Hall 016

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy with support from the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience.

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