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
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
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
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.
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
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
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"
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
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
History of Vermont Legislation to Save its Farms and Protect its Water James H. Maroney, Jr.
Tammy Newmark, President, Ecoenterprises Fund
"Portfolio for the Planet"
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
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"
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"
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"
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"
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
Sylvia Johnson '00.5, Documentary Filmmaker
Stories from the Wilderness
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
Sarah Stokes Alexander ‘93, Director, Environmental Practice, The Keystone Center
Resilience: A Personal, Community, and Systems Perspective
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
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"
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"
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"
March 8, 2012
David Darling, Cellist
"Music and the Environment"
February 23, 2012
Ned Farquhar ’80, P ’14, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Interior Department
"Energy is Relative – Thrills, Spills, and Drill, Baby, Drill"
December 6, 2011
Environmental Studies 401 Senior Seminar
"Addressing stormwater runoff and phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain"
October 20, 2011
Patrick Berry '91, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
"Wildlife as a Public Trust Resource"
Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Colby College
"The Regional Greenhouse initiative: Is It Working"
March 17, 2011
Chris Wood '88, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited
"Recovering Fish and Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change"
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"
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"
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"
September 16, 2010
Assistant Professor of English and American Literatures
"Whale (cultural) wars: From Leviathan to Baby Beluga"
September 15, 2010
Editor of Orion
"Unstuck: Writing our way out of the eco-conundrum"
April 23, 2010
2010 Margolin Environmental Affairs Lecture
"Education, Sustainability, and Letting Go"
March 11, 2010
Professor of Psycology
"Why we act and why we don't: The Psycology Behind Engaging (or not) in Pro-Environmental Behaviors"
March 4, 2010
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"
November 12, 2009
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Poor Conservation in Rich Africa: the Politics of Deforestation in Madagascar, Uganda and Tanzania"
November 5, 2009
Director, Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Shortridge Coastal Area, Bates College
"The Psychology of Right View: Nature, Neuroscience, and What We See"
October 14, 2009
Jed Smith '88
Managing Partner, Catamount Ventures; Middlebury Board of Trustees
"Eco Entrepreneurship: The Time is Now"
September 17, 2009
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"
September 11, 2009
Kat Hartley, Stephanie Joyce, and Deanna Tamborelli
Middlebury College Seniors
"Greening Study Abroad: Sustainable Study Abroad Grant Presentations"
April 23, 2009
Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, Massachusetts
"Archaeology, the Maritime Landscape, and Fishing the Ocean's Past"
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"
April 16, 2009
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"
April 14, 2009
Organizing Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition
"Corporate Social Responsibility 101"
April 2, 2009
University of California, Berkeley
"The Market for Virtue: A Critical Appraisal of the Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility"
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"
March 12, 2009
Vermont Natural Soy, Vermont Natural Coatings, and Center for an Agricultural Economy
"Hardwick, VT: Rebuilding a Healthy Food System"
March 5, 2009
Thomas Hand '06 and Jamie Hand '08
Hand Energy Services
"Residential Energy Efficiency in Vermont"
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"
February 19, 2009
President and Co-Founder, ECOLOGIA
"Corporate Social Responsibility, From Vermont to China"
February 13, 2009
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel
"Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East"
February 12, 2009
Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Urban Sustainability - Can We Make Cities Sustainable?"
November 20, 2008
Founder and Executive Director, Vermont Family Forests
"A Family Forest Journey: From Farming to Rewilding of Vermont’s Private Working Woodlands"
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"
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)
November 6, 2008
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont
"The Taste of Place: Our Possible Future"
October 2, 2008
President and CEO, Earth Turbines, Inc
"Our Energy Future – A Major Change"
September 19, 2008
Cully Cavness, Samuel Lazarus, Jeremy Martin
Middlebury College Seniors
"Greening Study Abroad: Sustainable Study Abroad Grants"
April 21, 2008
2008 Scott A. Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs
Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
“The Coming Transformation: America, Capitalism and the Environmental Future”
March 13, 2008
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”
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.
March 6, 2008
Jean Carroon, AIA, LEED
Principal for preservation
“Green Strategies for Historic Buildings”
September 12, 2007
"Scenes from the field: lessons from reporting in a hostile environment"
May 8, 2007
Author of "The Skeptical environmentalist" and editor of "Global crises, global solutions."
"Global Warming: interpreting the Facts"
April 27, 2007
William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"Brave New Ocean"
April 17, 2007
Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies
"The Impact of Resource Wars in Africa"
February 27, 2007
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"
March 7, 2006
2006 Scott Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs
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"
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"
October 27, 2006
Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental Studies
"On Loving a Damaged Planet"
October 12, 2006
Writer, National Geographic Magazine
"Oil versus Wilderness: Selling Alaska's North Slope"
September 23, 2005
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
"Anthropogenic warming began well before the industrial era"
September 22, 2005
Scholar-in-Residence for Environmental Studies
"How Big is too Big? Global Warming and Moral Choices"