Joseph H. McLain Lecture Series in Environmental Studies
The Joseph H. McLain Lecture Series in Environmental Studies has hosted a number of lecturers to come talk to Washington College students, faculty and staff. All of the lectures are open and free to the public. The lectures on record date back to early 1999 and show the variety of professions the program has hosted. The purpose of this program is to bring knowledge, stories and experience directly to the college, which further opens students eyes to possible interests in the field.
From its establishment, the McLain Program has hosted nationally and internationally recognized scientists, researchers, environmental planners, photographers, resource consultants, architects, lawyers and authors for its lecture series.
In most recent years the program has hosted lectures for example “Environmental Policy and Regulation” a lecture by legal experts Lynn Bergeson and Jane Barrett who visited Washington College to discuss the legal aspects of environmental policy and regulation. Another lecture, “Studying Birds in the Context of the Annual Cycle: Carry-over Effects and Seasonal Interactions” was presented by Peter Marra, a research scientist with the Migratory Bird Center at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.