Environmental Science and Studies Events
February 19th, 2014
Don Chapmen from Uncas Consulting Services and Jon Andrechik from the National Ocean Council will screen and discuss the documentary Ocean Frontiers.
Off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive. Ocean Frontiers II is an inspiring story of citizens working together for healthier economies and healthier seas across New England.
February 20th, 2014
Recipes for Change: Briana Pobiner
Briana Pobiner, Research Scientist and Museum Educator, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Briana Pobiner has a BA in Evolutionary Studies from Bryn Mawr College, where she created her own major, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Rutgers University. Her research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as cannibalism in the Cook Islands and chimpanzee carnivory. She has done fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Indonesia and has been supported in her research by the Fulbright-Hays program, the Leakey Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, Rutgers University, the Society for American Archaeology, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Her favorite field moments include falling asleep in a tent in the Serengeti in Tanzania while listening to the distant whoops of hyenas, watching a pride of lions eat a zebra carcass on the Kenyan equator, and discovering fossil bones that were last touched, butchered and eaten by one of her 1.5 million year old ancestors. She came to the Smithsonian in 2005 to help work on the Hall of Human Origins, got bitten by the “public understanding of science” bug and hasn’t looked back, continuing to do her research while leading the Human Origins Program’s education and outreach efforts. She currently manages the Human Origins Program’s public programs, website content, social media, and volunteer content training. http://humanorigins.si.edu/research/hop-team/briana-pobiner
This lecture is the first of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.
March 6th, 2014
Recipes for Change: Ann Vileisis
Ann Vileisis, Environmental Historian and author Award-winning environmental historian Ann Vileisis is the author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need To Get It Back. The Library Journal describes Kitchen Literacy as an “important and eye-opening book (that) uncovers the machinery behind the modern food industry.” She has shared her “lost knowledge” as a guest on Martha Stewart Living, West Coast Live, and many other television and radio programs, both commercial and public. Vileisis has attracted equally wide notice with her book on America’s wetlands, Discovering the Unknown Landscape, honored as best-of-the-year in its class by both the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History. She has co-authored, researched, or edited several additional books and reports on river, wetlands, and fisheries issues. A Yale graduate in history, she has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and from the Ford Family Foundation. Vileisis speaks on food, nutrition and health and on wetlands preservation. http://www.ecospeakers.com/speakers/vileisisa.html
This lecture is the second of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.
March 19th, 2014
The Nature-Rich Life
“The future will belong to the nature-smart–those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”- Richard Louv
Richard Louv will come to Washington College on March 19, 2014 to discuss “The Nature-Rich Life: Nature-rich cities, nature-rich homes, nature-rich schools and more.” Louv is a bestselling author of “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods.” Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.
March 29th, 2014
Recipes for Change: Amy Kalafa
Amy Kalafa, holistic health and nutrition counselor For over 25 years, Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Amy’s production credits include three seasons of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s parenting show, “What Every Baby Knows”, PBS specials, “Our Nation’s Health: A Matter of Choice” and “Healthy Aging”, as well as the Reiner Foundation’s, “The First Years Last Forever”. She has produced food and health segments for “Martha Stewart Living”, has appeared as a guest chef on PBS’s “Cultivating Life” and is a writer/producer for PBS’s “Lidia’s Italy”. Amy holds a Lectureship at the Yale School of Medicine and Psychiatry for her work in the field of health communication, in recognition of a series she created for Court TV, “Inside the Criminal Mind”. Amy has worked on numerous training films for Yale University and the US Department of Education. Amy is also a holistic health and nutrition counselor and a Lyme disease consultant. Her advocacy work extends to her personal life as well. She served a four-year term on the advisory board of the Weston / Westport Health District’s CDC funded “Target Lyme” prevention initiative and she is a founding board member of the AIDS Treatment Data Network, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and an organic farmer. She and her husband Alex have two daughters who have always brought their lunch to school. http://angrymoms.org/about/the-moms/
This lecture is the third of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.