Upcoming Events

Newell Lewey and Vera Francis on Passamaquoddy Tribe Initiatives: "Past, Present, and Building Dialogue"

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April 1, 2015 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Cram Alumni House, Barn (Torrey Barn)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has engaged in two initiatives to strengthen their community and restore the ecosystem on which their culture was founded. The first is the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the goal of which is to begin to heal from the pain inflicted on members of the Tribe who as children were forcibly removed from their homes and, in many cases, subsequently abused. The second is an effort to rebuild the natural resource base on which the Tribe depended for thousands of years. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Council has recently set a goal of achieving fifty percent food sovereignty by 2018.

Vera Francis the Vice Chief, and Newell Lewey a Tribal Councilor are members of the Passamaquoddy Tribal at Pleasant Point near Perry, ME. They will provide the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities an opportunity to gain understanding of the tribes struggle to
move forward from hundreds of years of discrimination, disenfranchisement and loss of self-determination.

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and the Environmental Studies Program with funding support from the Concerts and Lectures Committee.

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Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"

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April 6, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The world of climate politics is increasingly no longer confined to the activities of national governments and international negotiations. Critical to this transformation of the politics of climate change has been the emergence of new forms of transnational governance that cut across traditional state-based jurisdictions and operate across public and private divides. 

In this presentation, Stacy Vandeveer will examine the world of climate change governance and the implications for the field of global environmental politics. He is currently professor of political science and chair of the department of political science at the University of New Hampshire. His teaching and research interests include international environmental policymaking and its domestic impacts, comparative environmental politics, connections between environmental and security issues, the roles of expertise in policy making and the global politics of consumption and environmental and humanitarian degradation. 

In addition to authoring and co-authoring over seventy articles, book chapters, working papers and reports, he co-edited six books: Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press 2012); The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy (CQ Press 2010); Changing Climates in North American Politics (MIT Press 2009); Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics (Ashgate 2009); EU Enlargement and the Environment (Routledge 2005); and Saving the Seas (1997). He co-edits the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press).

This event is free and open to the public.

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Jessica Lefevre and the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition: "Modern Ecological, Political, and Social Change in the Alaskan Arctic"

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April 9, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Have you ever wondered what it is like to watch major portions of the coast on which you depend destroyed by massive storms, discover that waters from which you make a living are becoming an international shipping route, and observe that the marine mammals on which you depend are suddenly acting strangely? 

Jessica Lefevre is an attorney who specializes in natural resources issues and serves as counsel and advisor to Alaskan indigenous groups. She will be joined by seven Yup'ik and Inupiat hunters and leaders representing the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition. These Alaskan maritime hunting groups are on the front lines of climate change and globalization. They will discuss what it is like to live through rapid social, economic, and legal transition and how they are responding to challenges to their environment and way of life. 

Sponsored by the Oak Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Photo of Inupiat hunters by Bill Hess.

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Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World

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April 15, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

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