The McLain Program History and Past Lectures
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.
“On Hunting” a lecture by Dr. Donald Munson, former McLain Professor of Environmental Studies at Washington College and Professor in both Environmental Studies and Biology, shared insight with the Washington College community about Munson’s childhood and his upbringing in a hunting family. He explored how his profession both challenged and formed his views on hunting.
“George: His Legacy” a lecture byJohanna E. Barry, the founder and president of the Galapagos Conservancy brought her personal perspective to the story of lonesome George the tortoise, and the need to protect species diversity.
“Do Fish Feel Pain?” a lecture byVictoria Braithwaite, associate director and professor of fisheries and biology at the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences. Braithwaite shares research on the evolution of animal cognition with a focus on fish learning, perception, and memory.
“Bio-cultural Conservation & Climate Change: Agro-ecotourism in the Tropics” a lecture by Christina T. Cavaliere, researcher and manager of sustainable tourism projects. Cavaliere offered advice for eco-friendly, sustainable travel when she visited her alma mater, Washington College. She formerly headed up training and education for the International Ecotourism Society, a D.C.-based organization.
“Golf and the Environment: Creating Sustainable Relationships Through Common Values” a lecture by golf architect Troy Miller who serves as the Assistant Director of Land Design for Landmark Land Company and has been involved in environmentally aware golf course construction at sites around the country.
“The Case for Geo-Pragmatism in an Age of Climate Crisis” a lecture byDr. Jonathan T. Isham Jr., Luce Professor of International Environmental Economics at Middlebury College, spoke about his research focus on the construction of what is known as the “New Climate Movement”
“Endocrine Disruption: What Is It and Should We Be Worried on the Eastern Shore?” a lecture by Daniel J. Fisher a Senior Research Scientist of the Wye Research and Education Center at the University of Maryland.
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