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Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Internship Experiences
Wednesday, September 12 • Perdue Hall (PH) 156 • 7:30 p.m.

Students share their internship experiences from the past year. Come hear their stories and learn about possible internship opportunities!

Mistrust and Metaphor: Communicating About Climate Change and Other Polarized Science Debates
Wednesday, October 10 • Perdue Hall (PH) 156 • 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Katie Burke received her Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology & Evolution) from University of Virginia, focusing on conservation biology and the ecology of forests and plant diseases such as chestnut blight. Since 2012, Dr. Burke has worked as an editor at American Scientist and is currently their digital features editor. Her talk will focus on how one effectively communicates complicated and polarizing issues such as climate change to the general public.

Structures of Violence: Narrative and Environmental Memory in the Plantationocene
Wednesday, November 7 • Perdue Hall (PH) 156 • 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Evans is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Winston-Salem State University, where she researches and teaches on contemporary American literature and culture, speculative fiction, and social and environmental justice. Her work has appeared in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books, and is forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Science Fiction and Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon (University of Minnesota). She holds a PhD in English from Duke University. Her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS and the Huntington Library.

From Dr. Evans: "This talk, drawn from my book in progress, theorizes genre as a strategy for narrating the representationally challenging forms of violence that characterize contemporary life. I argue that friction between genres dramatizes both the presence of environmental and structural violence and the difficulty of integrating an understanding of such systemic violence into daily life. The talk thus addresses both contemporary literary/cinematic/televisual genre formation and a broader assessment of the relationship between speculative genres and environmental rhetoric."

Land, Weather, Spirit: Towards an Environmental History of Slavery in Maryland
Wednesday, December 5 • Perdue Hall (PH) 156 • 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Tony Perry, American Studies, University of Maryland College Park and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Carter Woodson Institute for African American and Africa Studies at University of Virginia

From Dr. Perry: "In this talk, I chart the contours of a Maryland-based environmental history of slavery through an examination of three scenes. Together these scenes richly illustrate different dimensions of enslaved people’s relationship to the landscape, climate, and supernatural environments of antebellum Maryland."

Students in ENVR 460: The Bay in Words and Pictures, produced their own publication, Chesapeake Stories, over the fall semester.  Featuring instruction and practice in both journalism and photography, the course requires students to go out into Bay-area communities to find stories, conduct interviews, and capture images.  Explore the first issue virtually below—click on the icon in the bottom right corner under the image to view it full screen.


Past events ...

Spring 2018 Lecture Series

High Tide in Dorchester
Wednesday, February 21 •  Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 7 p.m.

A film by Tom Horton, David Harp, and Sandy Cannon Brown. The future of climate change is here and now in Maryland’s lowest-lying county, projected to shrink from fourth largest in land area of Maryland’s 23 counties to fourteenth by the end of this century.  Film runs 45 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Fulton Dean’s office. Learn more about the film here >

Note: This is the Maryland preview, the film officially premieres at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., in March.

Quantifying the Socioeconomic Benefits of Observing Earth from Space
Wednesday, March 7 • Devilbiss Hall (DH) 123, 5:30 p.m.

Yusuke Kuwayama, a researcher with Resources for the Future, will discuss how, as satellite technology grows more refined and powerful, so do significant opportunities to use vast quantities of new Earth observation data to improve decision-making and solve pressing problems. Accurately assigning an economic value to the data gathered by satellites and aircraft is critical to ensuring environmental and human health as well as financial well being around the world.

Chernobyl and the Anthropocene
Wednesday, April 18 • Devilbiss Hall  (DH) 123, 7 p.m.

Kate Brown, Professor of History at UMBC will talk about her research on the environmental and medical consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.

Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Indigenous Landscapes of Delmarva
Wednesday, September 20 • Conway Hall 153, 7 p.m.

Jeff Kirwan, emeritus professor and Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation extension specialist, has spent his career conducting research on indigenous ecology and cultural landscapes, particularly on Delmarva. A member of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians on his native Eastern Shore of Maryland, he shares an overview of his findings on how indigenous peoples have managed the landscapes of Delmarva. Co-sponsored by the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Lessons from the Forest
Wednesday, October 25 • Conway Hall 153, 7 p.m.

An SU emeritus professor of biology and one of the founding members of SU’s Environmental Studies program, Joan Maloof is now the executive director of the Old Growth Forest Network, an NGO that she founded to promote old growth forest preservation throughout the U.S. She discusses our native forests: what is happening to them and what should be done to preserve them.

Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation & Future
Wednesday, November 29 • Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 7 p.m.

Nabb Center Lecture: Kate Livie, associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, discusses the history and future of oysters in the Chesapeake. Based on her book Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future, winner of the Maryland Historical Society’s 2016 Brewington Book Prize. In this lecture, she will provide an overview of the history and prospects for the on-going attempts at restoring the Bay's once plentiful oyster population.

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Colloquium Series and Fulton School.

Bike Loan Program

Want a faster way to get from class to class or across campus?  Then try the ENVR Bike Loan Program - it's free! It's just like checking out a book out of the library - all you have to do is fill out the liability waiver, bring it to the ENVR house, give it to the program specialist, and you will be given a bike to borrow. The loan includes a bike, helmet, lock, and two pannier bags.

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