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Environmental video archives


Fall 2021 Colloquium Videos

The Case for Wilderness in a Rapidly Changing World
Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director, Northeast Wilderness Trust


Spring 2021 Colloquium Videos

Merrill “Mez” Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Dan Brayton
, Director, Environmental Studies Program, Professor of English and American Literatures
Alexis Mychajliw, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Daniel Suarez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Pesticides in Paradise
Virginia Rauh ‘69, Professor and Vice Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

What Are Rivers For? The Case for Happiness
Nicolas Howe, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Williams College

Midd Climate Action Fellows Reflections on Learning
Students discuss research, projects, and opportunities from inaugural Fellowship year

MAY 13
Resistance to Business as Usual: Integrating Environmental and Social Responsibility into Business
Ali Kenney, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy & Insights at Burton

MAY 18
ENVS 0401 A Community Engaged Practicum Presentations

MAY 20
ENVS 0401 B Community Engaged Practicum Presentations

Fall 2020 Colloquium Videos

From High Pond with Doc Woodin to Policy Advocacy for The Nature Conservancy in the Time of COVID: A Conversation with Phil Huffman, Class of ’84 ES Major
Phil Huffman ‘84, Director of Government Relations and Policy, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont

Truth in Numbers? Data in Environmental Studies
Joseph Holler, Assistant Professor of Geography
Christopher McGrory Klyza,
Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environmental Studies
Marc Lapin,
Associate Laboratory Professor in Environmental Studies and College Lands Ecologist
Kathryn Morse,
John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies, and Professor of History

Wildpreneurs: Turning Passion into Business
Tamara Jacobi ’06.5, Author of Wildpreneurs and Founder/CEO of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge

Cinema toward Future Life
Brett Story, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Image Arts at Ryerson University

Distancing and Machine Intimacy: Robots, Drones, and Waste Conversion in the COVID Era
Peter Wynn Kirby, MPhil, PhD (Cantab), Senior Member at Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Climate and Security in an Age of Great Power Competition and Global Disruption
Sherri Goodman, Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate & Security; Senior Strategist and Advisory Board Member, Center for Climate & Security; Board Chair, Council on Strategic Risks; Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security); Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center

The Material Is the Message: Art in the Time of Climate Change
Jessica Beels, Sculptor and Installation Artist, Washington, D.C.

What’s Old Is New Again: Activating Natural History Collections for Climate Change Research
Lauren Williams, Curator, Blacker Wood Natural History Collection, Rare Books Department, McGill University Library

Agroecology and Food Sovereignty - in Theory and Practice
Martha Caswell, Codirector, Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative, University of Vermont

Other Pastorals: Writing Race and the Environment
Jennifer Chang, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, George Washington University
Cosponsored by Franklin Environmental Center and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum Presentations


Spring 2020 Colloquium Videos

February 20
Communicating Climate Change, Mobilizing Behavior Change
Michael Shank
, Communications Director, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

February 27
MIDD-ES CORE PANEL DISCUSSION: Siting a Solar Farm in Vermont
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Jeff Howarth, Associate Professor of Geography
Peter Ryan, Professor of Geology

March 5
Good for the Poor, Good for the Forest? Land Rights and Biodiversity Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Lisa Naughton, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fall 2019 Colloquium Videos

September 12
The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor of Food Studies and Affiliate of the Departments of Geography and Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University.

September 19
Science and Conservation in the Largest and Deepest UNESCO World Heritate Site on Earth: The Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Randi Rotjan, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University
As part of the 2019 Clifford Symposium: The Future of the Global Ocean

September 26
The Future of the Oceans
Kathleen Doyle,
Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Biology
Rebecca Gould,
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Joseph Holler,
Assistant Professor of Geography
Chris Klyza,
Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environmental Studies

October 3
This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back 
Ken Ilgunas, Author and Journalist

October 10
Art in the Age of Planetary Distress
Karen McCoy, Professor, Kansas City Art Institute Sculpture Department and Social Practice

October 17
MIDD-ES STUDENT REFLECTIONS ON LEARNING: Summer Research and Internship Experiences

October 24
Batteries and the Matter of a Clean Energy Future
Jay Turner, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Wellesley College

October 31
Turning Tricks into Treats: Behavioral Insights to Deconstruct Common Myths in Transportation Planning and Improve Sustainability Outcomes
Andrea Hamre ‘05, Ph.D., Transportation Researcher, Barre VT

November 7
The Inner Workings and Long-Term Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in the Bakken Shale Play
Kristin Smith ’08, Ph.D. Candidate, Montana State University

November 21
Climate Struggle: A Working Class Strategy for the Climate Movement
Matt Huber, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Syracuse University

December 5
ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum Presentations



Spring 2019 Colloquium Videos

February 14
Seeing the Unseen: Using Visual Feedback of Electric Consumption to Engage Students
Michelle McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Middlebury College, and Thomas Wentworth '18, Research Assistant, University of Vermont, and Independent Contractor, Staple Health.

February 21
Building a Campaign to Conserve Canada's Great Northern Boreal Forest
Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor to the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council

February 28
Time: Past Present, Future
Joseph Holler, Assistant Professor of Geography
Kathryn Morse, John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of History
Daniel Suarez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Stephen Trombulak, Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies and Professor of Biology

March 14
I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Help: Challenges and Opportunities in USDA Conservation Program
Jeannie Bartlett '15, District Manager, Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation

March 21
Agriculture on the Brink: Climate Change, Labor, and Smallholder Farming in Botswana
William Moseley, Professor of Geography and Director of the Food, Agriculture, and Society Program, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota

April 4
Spirit Lands: Ontology and the Environment in the South Pacific
Emily Donaldson, Anthropologist, Writer, and Adjunct Faculty, Saint Michael's College

April 11
The Longest Conversation: How the Earth Speaks to the Writer
Luis Alberto Urrea, Author, and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago

April 18
Student-Led Campus Sustainability Initiatives


May 7
ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum Presentations

May 9
ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum Presentations

Fall 2018 Colloquium Videos

September 13
Farms, Fish, and Forests: An Ethnography of Climate Change in Maine
Kathryn Olson '05, Ph.D. Candidate (Sociology), Boston College

September 27
Negotiating a Relationship with Beauty during a Time of Environmental Degradation
Megan Mayhew Bergman, Director of Breadloaf's Environmental Writers' Conference and Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College

October 4
Pondering Pollutants
Molly Costanza-Robinson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemistry and Biochemistry
Rebecca Kneale Gould, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Joseph Holler, Assistant Professor of Geography
Christopher Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environmental Studies

October 11
Fighting Dirty Energy: Are We Losing on Climate Because We're Only Fighting Half the Battle?
Theo Spencer '88, Senior Policy Advocate, Dirty Energy Team, Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council

October 18
Study Away Experiences

October 24
Thoreau, Katahdin, the Penobscot People, and the Maine Woods
Huey, Independent Filmmaker, Portland Maine

November 1
Hope's Echo: Learning an Extinct Birdsong for Ecosphere Healing
Julianne Warren, Writer, Climate Justice Community Organizer, and Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature

November 8
Living on the Wind: The World of Migratory Birds
Scott Weidensaul, Writer and Researcher 

November 15
The Interspecies Dance: Confrontation and Choreography with the Animal World
Karima Borni, Scholar in Residence, Dance Program, Middlebury College

November 29
Ecosystem Management, Resilience, and Resistance: When Are Our Mistakes Reversible and How Do We Avoid Making Them?
Indy Burke '80, Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Professor of Ecosystem Science, Yale University.

December 6
ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum Presentations


Spring 2018 Colloquium Videos

February 15
The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation
Robin Kimmerer
, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

February 22
Buddhism and Agriculture: Environmental and Religious Practice and Resilience in Northern Thailand
Susan M. Darlington, Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Hampshire College

March 1
Decarbonizing and Economy: Electricity, Coal, and the Threat of a Good Example
Frederick Weston '79, Principal and Director, Global Policy and Strategy, the Regulatory Assistance Project

March 8
Summer Research and Internship Experiences

March 15
Visual Storytelling for Science and Conservation Impact
Carolyn Barnwell
’06.5, Documentary Producer, National Geographic

March 22
Being Interdisciplinary: What Does It Really Mean?
Jon Isham, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Dan Brayton, Professor of English & American Literatures and Environmental Studies
Marc Lapin ‘83, Assistant Laboratory Professor in Environmental Studies
Kathy Doyle, Visiting Associate in Science Instruction in Environmental Studies

April 5
Ocean Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solutions
Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor, Sea Education Association

April 12
Conserving the Wilderness Within and Cultivating an Environmental Ethic
Christopher Kiely, Licensed Acupuncturist, founder of Falling Water Tai Chi School

April 19
Studying the little things that run the world to understand biodiversity in a changing world
Nathan Sanders, Professor, and Director of the Environmental Program, University of Vermont

April 26
Expressway to (In)equity: Environmental Justice, Community Engagement & Urban Redevelopment
Lemir Teron, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

May 8
ENVS 0401 B Community-Engaged Environmental Studies Practicum Student Presentations
A Mountain Interval: The Stories of Lincoln

May 10
ENVS 0401 A Community-Engaged Environmental Studies Practicum Student Presentations
Sustainable, safe, accessible and equitable transportation infrastructure

Fall 2017 Colloquium Videos

September 14
Environment and Power in the Soviet Arctic
Andy Bruno, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies, Northern Illinois University.

September 28
MIDD ES-CORE PANEL DISCUSSION: Environmental Studies for an Unpredictably Changing World: An Interdiciplinary Conversation
Pete Ryan
Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies, Jon Isham Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Kathryn Morse John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of History, Middlebury College.

October 5
Mind the Gap Link: Integrating Urban Migrants and Their Hometown Ties into conservation Policy in Madagascar.
Laura M. Tilghman,  Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Plymouth State University.

October 12
Lions, Wolves, and Bears, Oh My! Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Conservation Advocacy in the Northern Rockies.
Tim Stevens, P’20.5, Montana Fund Advisor, the Kendeda Fund. 

October 19
Metropolitan Foodsheds: A Resilient Solution to the Climate Change Challenge?
Laura Lengnick, Owner and Principle, Cultivating Resilience, LLC and Vice President of Resilience, Climate Optimize, Inc.

October 26
The Evolution of Private Governance across Sectors
Graeme Auld, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University.
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November 2
Healing the Agricultural Mind
Bill Vitek, Professor of Philosophy, Clarkson University.

November 9
Beyond Moral Fundamentalism: Pragmatic Pluralism in Environmental Ethics
Steven Fesmire, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Middlebury College; Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College.

November 30
Same As It Ever Was: State Leadership on Climate Change in the Post-Obama Era
Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissoner, Office of Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

December 5
ENVS 0401 B Senior Seminar Presentations
Solid Waste and Climate Change: A Systems Approach.

December 7
ENVS 0401 A Senior Seminar Presentations
Cultures and Agricultures: Untold Stories and New Initiatives in Vermont



Spring 2017 Colloquium Videos

Pipelines, Pipedreams, and "Sovereignty by the Barrel": Tribal Nations as Environmental Stewards of the Natural World
N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, Darmouth College

Persephone on a Warming Planet
John Elder, Professor Emeritus of English and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College

Outliers: Exploring the Realm of the Peculiar
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; Molly Costanza-Robinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Studies; Daniel Brayton, Associate Professor of English and American Literatures, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Middlebury College.

Food Localization and Black Power in Contemporary Detroit
Erica Morrell, C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Middlebury College

Thriving Cities...Trees Are the Answer!
Rich Cochran '91, P'20, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, President and CEO

April 6
Historical Marine Ecology: Informing the Future by Learning from the Past
Loren McClenachan '98, Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College

April 13
The Power of Peers: How Transnational Advocacy Networks Shape Protest on Climate Change
Jennifer Hadden, Assistant Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

April 20
Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activisim in New York City
Kristin Reynolds, Critical Food Geographer; Lecturer, Food Studies and Environmental Studies, The New School; Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Distinguished Visiting Faculty of Food Studies, University of Southern Maine

April 27
What is Recylcing Good For? The Case of American Paper in the 21st Century
Daniel Press, Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies and Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Univsersity of California, Santa Cruz

May 4
Cultural Ecosystem Services: How Do You Measure That?
Rachelle Gould, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

May 9
0401 Senior Seminar Presentations

May 11
ENVS 0401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Fall 2016 Colloquium Videos

Soil and Forest Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa
Julia Berazneva, Assistant Professor of Economics, Middlebury College

A Discipline of Looking
Tim Lilburn, Professor, University of Victoria

What Is Safe?
Peter Ryan, Professor of Geology; Rebecca Kneale Gould, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Co-Chair of Philosophy, Religion, and the Environment Focus; and Christopher McGrory Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College

Forest Fragmentation: A Fuzzy Look at a Clear-Cut Problem
Amy Frazier, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Oklahoma State University

Identifying & responding to the health impacts of climate change in Vermont
Jared Ulmer, Climate & Health Program Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health

Targeting Big Polluters: Understanding Activism against the Fossil Fuel Industry
Johannes Urpelainen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Farmworker Food Security in the Northern Borderlands
Teresa Mares, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,
University of Vermont

America’s Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake
Ted Levin, Nature Writer and Recipient of the 2004 Burroughs Award

A Scientist’s View of Climate Change as a Moral Issue
Curt Stager, Author, Educator, and Scientist

If Perpetual Is Not Forever: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Land Conservation
Jessica E. Jay, Land Conservation Attorney and Law Professor

Getting Energy Use Down to a (Social) Science: Advancing Energy Efficiency through Research-Based Behavioral Techniques
Kira Ventura Ashby ’05, Senior Program Manager, Behavior, Consortium for Energy Efficiency

ENVS 0401 Senior Seminar Presentations


Spring 2016 Colloquium Videos

2/25 - Adequacy and Equity under Neoliberal Climate Governance: Assessing the Paris Moment
Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies; Professor of Sociology Brown University, Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society

3/3 - Futurity Despite: Planting Ourselves into the Tomorrow
Ross Gay, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Indiana University; Spring 2016 Bread Loaf Orion Resident

3/10 - Shedding Light on the Working Forest: Curiosity, Connection, Creativity
Kathleen Kolb, painter and Verandah Porche, poet

3/17 - Shift in Perspective: Observing Food Systems
Jon Turner, Owner, Wild Roots Farm Vermont in Bristol, VT; President, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont

3/17 - Shift in Perspective: Observing Food Systems
Jon Turner, Owner, Wild Roots Farm Vermont in Bristol, VT; President, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont

3/24 - Energy Company of the Future
Mary Powell, President & CEO, Green Mountain Power

4/7/16 - Forcasting Global Water Stress: Successes and Limitations
Matt Landis, Research Scientist, ISciences, LLC

4/14/16 - "We Conserve What We Love": Stories About the Conservation of Bread Loaf
Katherine Michels '14.5 Environmental Philanthropy Associate at the High Meadows Fund

4/28/16 - Looking Back a Half Century: "1966...the year of the new conservation" - LB Johnson, 2/23/16
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; Marc Lapin, Associate in Science Instruction in Environmental Studies; Kathryn Morse, John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of History; Nick Muller, Associate Professor of Economics

5/5/16 - Lebanon's Shouf Bioshere Reserve Transition Zone: Sport Hunters and a Protected Area
Robert Greeley, Visiting Instructor in Arabic, Middlebury College

5/12/16 - Senior Seminar Presentations
ENVS 0401 Students

Other Presentations:

2016 Scott A. Margolin Class of '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs:
Environmentalism in the Interstices: California's Salton Sea and the Borderlands of Nature and Culture
Traci Brynne Voyles, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Loyola Marymount University

Fall 2015 Colloquium Videos

9/17- Boom & Bust: Documenting human stories on the front lines of energy extraction
Sierra Crane -Murdoch '09.5, Contributing Editor, High Country News & Visiting Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program, UC-Berkeley
Chad A. Stevens, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication, UNC Chapel Hill and Director of Overburden

9/24- Working in a Central Asian oil field: Insights from an environmental scientist
Katharine North ‘05, Environmental Hydrogeologist
Peter Ryan, Professor of Geology, Interim Director of Environmental Studies Program

10/1- FlashBack FlashForward: Environmental Studies 1965 and 50 years on
Rebecca Gould, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies
Chris Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science and Environmental Studies
Marc Lapin, Associate in Science Instruction in Environmental Studies

10/8- Public Art and the Environment: herman de vries' wintergräser at Franklin Environmental Center 
Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture

10/15- Perspectives on the Designed Environment
Susannah Drake FASLA, ASLA Principal DLANDStudio
Ashar Nelson ‘90- Principal, Vermont Integrated Architecture, AIA, LEED AP
Andrea Murray- Principal, Vermont Integrated Architecture, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

10/22 – What does a liberal arts approach to sustainable development look like?
Lila Buckley ‘04, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development
Mike Sheridan- Associate Professor of Anthropology

10/29- Life after Middlebury: An Entrepreneur's Quest 
Bobby Levine ‘08, CEO of Digested Organics and Chief Science Officer of Algal Scientific
Jon Isham- Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship

11/05 – Telling Stories about CO2: History, Science, and the Politics of Climate Change
Josh Howe ‘02, Assistant Professor, History and Environmental Studies, Reed College
Kathy Morse- John C. Elder Prof of Environmental Studies; Prof of History

11/12- Birds, Turtles, Econ & Law:  Adventures in the Federal Government
Amy Horner Hanley ‘97, Office of the Solicitor, Environmental Restoration Branch, US Department of the Interior
Chris McGrory Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science and Environmental Studies

11/19- Conservation Biology: Looking forward with an eye on the rearview mirror
Lydia Beaudrot ‘05, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan
Steve Trombulak, Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies, Director of Sciences, and Director of the Middlebury School of the Environment

12/3- International Marine Conservation: Problems, Practices and Progress
Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak ‘07, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

12/10- ENVS 0401 - Senior Seminar Presentations

Other Presentations: 

11/5-Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Dan Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer for General Nonfiction, as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award, and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Dan’s recent publications include The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Slate. His new book project is about monarch butterflies and the Anthropocene.


Spring 2015

Understanding Daily Climate at Northern Latitudes
Dr. Alan K. Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

Catching Fire: Alaskan Boreal Forest in a Changing Climate
Carolyn Dash; Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Hamilton College

Exploring Social Justice and Sustainable Agriculture: Experiences of Social Integration in Local and Regional Food Systems in the U.S.
Diego Thompson, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College

Life Overlooked: Humanities for the Environment
Joni Adamson, Professor of Environmental Humanities, English Department, and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Business, Climate Risk and the Global Atmospheric Commons
Lyuba Zarsky, Professor of Sustainable Business and Development, Graduate School of International Policy and Management, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources
Mina Girgis, The Nile Project; Moderated by Pete Ryan, Professor of Geology and Mike Winslow, Lake Champlain Committee

Landscape-Scale Conservation and Community Development in Maine’s North Woods
Bryan Wentzell ’96, Maine Policy and Program Director, Appalachian Mountain Club

Ethical Oil: The Moral Economy of Nature and Culture in the Tar Sands of Alberta
David Bond, Faculty Member at Bennington College and Senior Associate at The Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Environmental Consciousness in Germany: From “Waldsterben” to Sustainable Development
Natalie Eppelsheimer, Assistant Professor of German, Middlebury College

Finding a Path of Hope and Sustainability: Rachel Carson as Inspiration
Stephanie Kaza, Professor and Director, Environmental Program, University of Vermont

Fall 2014

Native Peoples and Landscape-Scale Conservation
Nicholas Reo, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

Life in the Plastisphere: The Ecology of Plastic Marine Debris
Erik Zettler, Professor of Oceanography, Associate Dean, Sea Education Association

What Would Rachel Carson Do Today?
Bob Musil, President and CEO, the Rachel Carson Council; former CEO, 1985 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility

Persuasive Technology for Positive Behavior Change: Employee Engagement as a Sustainability Super Strategy
Sarah Finnie Robinson, Founding Partner, WeSpire

Corporate Blow Out: The Untold Story of the BP Disaster in the Gulf
Daniel Jacobs, Professor, Department of Management, Kogod School of Business, American University

Fixing Capitalism's Flaws
Peter Barnes, Entrepreneur and author, latest book is "With Liberty and Dividends For All"

Reflections on Nearly Three Decades Working at the US EPA
Carl R. Howard P ‘17, Assistant Regional Counsel, US EPA, Region 2

Hot Times in a Cold Place: Global Warming in Antarctica
Dr. Amy Leventer P ‘15, Professor of Geology, Colgate University

Zero Energy Mobile Home Replacement
Peter Schneider ‘97, Senior Energy Consultant, Efficiency Vermont

Building the Boundary: Race and the Environment at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Mary Mendoza, Visiting Instructor in History, Middlebury College

Panacea or Poor Perspective? The Role of Urban Agriculture in Growing a Greener City
Hamil Pearsall ‘03, Assistant Professor and Graduate Chair, Geography and Urban Studies Department, Temple University

Communicating Science: Reflections on Being the Vermont State Climatologist
Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Professor and Vermont State Climatologist


Fall 2013

Elizabeth Courtney
, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Author, Environmentalist
"Greening Vermont: The Next Fifty Years"

Dan Brayton, Associate Professor of English and American Literatures; Chris McGrory Klyza, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies; Pete Ryan, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies
"Global Inequalities and the Environment"

Don Mitchell, writer, farmer, and retired Middlebury faculty member
"Adventures in Enhancing Habitat for Endangered Bats"

Elizabeth Stark, Writer, Photographer, and Recipe Developer, Brooklyn Supper; Brian Campbell, Writer, Brooklyn Supper
"Bringing Local Foods to the Table, One Recipe at a Time"

Sophie Esser-Calvi ‘03, Middlebury Food and Farm Educator; Jay Leshinsky, President of the Board, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op; David Dolginow, Head of Product Development, Sunrise Orchards and Founder of Shacksbury Cider
"Feeding America: A Panel Discussion about Sustainable Food in a Growing Nation"

Paula Z. Segal, Executive Director and Legal Director, NYC Community Land Access Program, 596 Acres
"This Land is your Land: Unlocking the Secrets of our Urban Commons"

Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
"How does a Biocultural Perspective Influence our Conservation Strategies?"

Paul Hines, Assistant Professor, Engineering and Computer Science, University of Vermont
"Large Blackouts in Power Grids: Why They Happen and What to do"

Peter Thomson, Environment Editor, PRI's The World
Through the Media Haze: Why (Environmental) Journalism Still Matters

David Grass, PhD ’99, Environmental Health Surveillance Chief, Vermont Department of Health
Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate Change Adaptation in Vermont

Melissa Scanlan, Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law School, Associate Professor, Vermont Law School
Social Entrepreneurs: Be The Change You Want to See

Spring 2014

History of Vermont Legislation to Save its Farms and Protect its Water James H. Maroney, Jr.

Landscape Conservation: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Nancy Bell, Vermont Director of The Conservation Fund

The Power of Storytelling
Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee, Filmmaker

Re-inventing the long form online: The changing face of science and environmental journalism
Sujata Gupta, Freelance Science Journalist

Reflections on the Movement
Terry Kellogg ’94, CEO, 1% for the Planet

Seeing the Unseen: The Secret Life of Seaweed
Josie Iselin, photographer, writer, and book designer

The Shouf Biosphere Reserve and Co-Management
Nizar Youssef Hani, Manager, Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon

Harvest the Wind: An American Clean-Energy Resource Comes of Age Philip Warburg, writer and veteran environmental advocate

A Journey to Local Climate Action 
Mike Morrice, Founder, Sustainable Waterloo Region and Executive Director of Sustainability CoLab


Tammy Newmark, President, Ecoenterprises Fund
"Portfolio for the Planet"
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Amy Sheldon ’88, River Scientist and Natural Resource Planner
"Interdisciplinary River Management in a Changing Environment"

Steve Trombulak, Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies; Chris McGrory Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science & Environmental Studies; Dan Brayton, Associate Professor of English and American Literatures
"Creativity and Collaboration"

James L. Elder P'13, Environmental Literacy Social Entrepeneur
"Creating Change"

William S. Keeton, Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry & Forestry Program Chair; University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
"Towards a Unified Theory of Forest Carbon Management"

Beth DeSombre, Frost Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College
"Saving Global Fisheries"
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Sidney Ribaux, Cofounder and Executive Director, Equiterre; Ashoka Fellow
"How to Build the Greenest Building in Canada with No Money, No Land, and No Building Knowledge"
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Paul Markowitz P'15, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont 
"The Role of Community in Our Energy Future"

Gregg Humphrey, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, Middlebury College
"Education for Sustainability: A Comprehensive Vision for Environmental Education"

John Seager, President, Population Connection 
"A World of 7 Billion: Population, the Environment, and Social Equity"
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Mary Malloy, Ph.D., Professor of Maritime Studies, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole
"Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems: Undergraduate Ship-Based Research in the Pacific"

ES 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Andrew Schwarz '72, President, Industrial Economics, Inc.
"Environmental Risk Communication"

Kristofer Covey, PhD. Candidate, Silviculture and Biogeochemistry, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
"The Production and Emission of Methane by Living Trees"
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David Abram, Cultural Ecologist, Geo-philosopher, and Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics
"Between the Animal and the Animate Earth: Some Thoughts on Language and the Ecology of Sensory Experience"

Molly Constanza-Robinson, Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry; Rebecca Kneale Gould, Associate Professor of Religion; Nicholas Z. Muller, Associate Professor of Economics, Middlebury
Boundaries, Interfaces, and the Environment

Holmes Hummel, Senior Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary for Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Action on Clean Energy and Climate Change (via Skype)

Chris McGrory Klyza, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies, Middlebury
Change We Can Believe In? U.S. Environmental Policy in the Obama Years

Kacy McKinney, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Middlebury
Tracing Obscure Connections: Monsanto and Child Labor in the Production of Hybrid Genetically Modified Cottonseed in India
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Sylvia Johnson '00.5, Documentary Filmmaker
Stories from the Wilderness
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Charley Stevenson, Owner, Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC
Rating Green Buildings: LEED, Living Building Challenge and the Learning Process

Katherine Ebner '87, Co-Director, Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University; Founder, CEO, The Nebo Company
The Sufficiency Principle: A Key to the Sustainable Future
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Sarah Stokes Alexander ‘93, Director, Environmental Practice, The Keystone Center
Resilience: A Personal, Community, and Systems Perspective
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Kenneth Pratt, ANCSA Program Manager, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Region
“The Country Keeps Changing”: Cultural and Historical Contexts of Ecosystem Changes in Alaska’s Yukon Delta
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Special Afternoon ES 401 Senior Seminar Presentations



April 12, 2012
Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
"Mapping the Value of Nature"
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April 5, 2012
Steve Trombulak, Environmental Studies and Biology, Middlebury College; V. Josselyne Price, Fine Arts, St. Michael’s College; Emmanuel Agbeli, Dagbe Center for Cultural Arts, Kopeyia, Ghana; and members of the Akoma Ensemble, St. Michael’s College
"The Dagbe Antelope Project"
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March 22, 2012
Ben Blackshear ‘12, Janet Rodrigues ‘12, Jacob Udell ‘12 and Kenny Williams ‘12
"Growing a Healthy Future: The Story of a School Garden in the South Bronx"
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March 8, 2012
David Darling, Cellist
"Music and the Environment"
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March 1, 2012
Michael Rozyne, Founder and Director of Red Tomato
"Scaling Up the Local and Regional Food Supply Chain"
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February 23, 2012
Ned Farquhar ’80, P ’14, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Interior Department 
"Energy is Relative – Thrills, Spills, and Drill, Baby, Drill"
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December 6, 2011
Environmental Studies 401 Senior Seminar
"Addressing stormwater runoff and phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain"
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October 20, 2011
Patrick Berry '91, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
"Wildlife as a Public Trust Resource"
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April 21,2011
Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Colby College 
"The Regional Greenhouse initiative: Is It Working" 
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March 17, 2011
Chris Wood '88, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited
"Recovering Fish and Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change"
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March 15, 2011
Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of StonyField Yogurt and Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest Entrepreneur-in-Residence
"Why Organic is a Better National Policy than Genetic Modification"
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February 17, 2011
Adrian Benepe '78.5, Commissioner, New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation
"Sustainable Parks for the 21st Century: A paradigm grows in Brooklyn" 
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October 14, 2010
Jon Isham, Associate Professor of Economics, Molly Costanza-Robinson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Studies, and Rebecca Gould, Associate Professor of Religion
"Responding to Environmental Crisis: Focus on the Gulf"
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September 16, 2010
Daniel Brayton
Assistant Professor of English and American Literatures
"Whale (cultural) wars: From Leviathan to Baby Beluga"
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September 15, 2010
Jennifer Sahn
Editor of Orion
"Unstuck: Writing our way out of the eco-conundrum"
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April 23, 2010
John Elder
2010 Margolin Environmental Affairs Lecture 
"Education, Sustainability, and Letting Go"
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Sierra Murdoch '10
Brower Youth Award winner and Power Past Coal co-founder. 
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March 11, 2010
Michelle McCauley
Professor of Psycology
"Why we act and why we don't: The Psycology Behind Engaging (or not) in Pro-Environmental Behaviors"
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March 4, 2010
Marc Lapin
Associate in Science Instruction in Environmental Studies
"In it for the Long Term: Colby Hill Ecological Project's First Ten Years of Biodiversity Monitoring on Forever Wild Private Lands"
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November 12, 2009
Nadia Horning
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Poor Conservation in Rich Africa: the Politics of Deforestation in Madagascar, Uganda and Tanzania"
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November 5, 2009
Laura Sewall
Director, Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Shortridge Coastal Area, Bates College
"The Psychology of Right View: Nature, Neuroscience, and What We See"
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October 14, 2009
Jed Smith '88
Managing Partner, Catamount Ventures; Middlebury Board of Trustees

"Eco Entrepreneurship: The Time is Now"
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September 17, 2009
Jeffrey Langholz
Associate Professor of International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies
"Can the Private Sector be Trusted to Protect Nature? Conservation Cowboys in Africa and Latin America"
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September 11, 2009
Kat Hartley, Stephanie Joyce, and Deanna Tamborelli
Middlebury College Seniors
"Greening Study Abroad: Sustainable Study Abroad Grant Presentations"
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April 23, 2009
John Jensen
Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, Massachusetts
"Archaeology, the Maritime Landscape, and Fishing the Ocean's Past"
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April 20, 2009
Christian H. Thommessen
Constantia a.s. - Sollund a.s. - Hovedstaden Eindomsselskab a.s.
"Creating Value for All - Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor"
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April 16, 2009
Amy Seidl
Consultant, LivingFuture Foundation, and author of Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World
"Early Spring: Climate Change in a New England Landscape"
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April 14, 2009
Cheyenna Weber
Organizing Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition
"Corporate Social Responsibility 101"
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April 2, 2009
David Vogel
University of California, Berkeley
"The Market for Virtue: A Critical Appraisal of the Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility"
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April 2, 2009
Jon Kim, Geologist, Vermont Geological Survey, and Peter Ryan, Associate Professor of Geology, Middlebury College
"The rural water resource in Vermont: Relationships between bedrock geology and naturally-occurring trace metals in groundwater"
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March 12, 2009
Andrew Meyer
Vermont Natural Soy, Vermont Natural Coatings, and Center for an Agricultural Economy
"Hardwick, VT: Rebuilding a Healthy Food System"
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March 5, 2009
Thomas Hand '06 and Jamie Hand '08
Hand Energy Services
"Residential Energy Efficiency in Vermont"
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February 24, 2009
2009 Scott Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs
P. Dee Boersma
Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science
Biology Department, University of Washington
"Penguins as Marine Sentinels"
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February 19, 2009
Randy Kritkausky
President and Co-Founder, ECOLOGIA
"Corporate Social Responsibility, From Vermont to China"
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February 13, 2009
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel
"Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East"
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February 12, 2009
Judith Layzer
Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Urban Sustainability - Can We Make Cities Sustainable?"
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November 20, 2008
David Brynn
Founder and Executive Director, Vermont Family Forests
"A Family Forest Journey: From Farming to Rewilding of Vermont’s Private Working Woodlands"
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November 13, 2008
Bill Hegman, GIS Specialist; Matthew Biette, Director of Dining Services; Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, Middlebury
"Understanding the Role of Food in Middlebury’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative"
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November 11, 2008
JD Bergeron, Senior Manager, Kiva Fellows Program
"Microfinance’s Role in International Development and the Kiva Story"
(additional co-sponsor - the Henry Luce Foundation)
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November 6, 2008
Amy Trubek
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont
"The Taste of Place: Our Possible Future"
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October 2, 2008
David Blittersdorf
President and CEO, Earth Turbines, Inc
"Our Energy Future – A Major Change"
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September 19, 2008
Cully Cavness, Samuel Lazarus, Jeremy Martin
Middlebury College Seniors
"Greening Study Abroad: Sustainable Study Abroad Grants"
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April 21, 2008
2008 Scott A. Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs
Gus Speth
Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
“The Coming Transformation: America, Capitalism and the Environmental Future”
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March 13, 2008
Michael Woolcock
Professor of Social Science and Development Policy
Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute
University of Manchester
“Actionable Responses to Global Poverty: Supporting ‘What Works’ as Solution and Problem”
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March 10, 2008
The Symposium on Climate Change Research
A faculty panel presented a symposium exploring the range of climate change research being conducted at Middlebury College.  The specific focus of the symposium was on the importance of time scales in understanding the consequences and solutions to the current climate crisis. 
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March 6, 2008
Jean Carroon, AIA, LEED

Principal for preservation
Goody Clancy
“Green Strategies for Historic Buildings”
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September 12, 2007
Ross Gelbspan
"Scenes from the field: lessons from reporting in a hostile environment"
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May 8, 2007
Bjorn Lomborg
Author of "The Skeptical environmentalist" and editor of "Global crises, global solutions."
"Global Warming: interpreting the Facts"
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April 27, 2007
Jeremy Jackson
William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"Brave New Ocean"
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April 17, 2007
Michael Klare
Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies
Hampshire College
"The Impact of Resource Wars in Africa"
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February 27, 2007
Van Jones
Eco-visionary, human rights attorney, and founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
"The New dream: Updating MLK's vision to meet today's ecological and social challenges"
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March 7, 2006
2006 Scott Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs
Michael Mann
Director, Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC), and Professor in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (ESSI), Penn State University
"Global Climate Change: Past and Future"
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November 11, 2006
Professor David K. Smith Visiting Economic Lecture Series
Bill McKibben, Scholar-in-Residence for Environmental Studies; Pat McConathy, Founder, Phoenix Oil & Gas; Will McConathy, Founder, Parthenon Resources
"Fuel or Food: Dealing with the Global Energy Crisis"
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October 27, 2006
Bill McKibben
Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental Studies
"On Loving a Damaged Planet"
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October 12, 2006
Joel Sartore
Writer, National Geographic Magazine
"Oil versus Wilderness: Selling Alaska's North Slope"
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September 23, 2005
William Ruddiman
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
"Anthropogenic warming began well before the industrial era"
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September 22, 2005
Bill McKibben
Scholar-in-Residence for Environmental Studies

"How Big is too Big? Global Warming and Moral Choices"
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