Science Center Faculty Seminars Series (February 14, 12:30PM)
Sponsored by Science Center
Trump and the Environment Panel (February 14)
Sponsored by EnAct
Dr. Carlo Ratti: "Senseable Cities" (February 20, 5:30PM, Colins Cinema)
The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design practice Carlo Ratti Associati.
Sponsored by CLCE, Science Center, President’s Office, Art, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies program, Botanical gardens
Screening of Bluespace (February 23, 7:00PM, Science Center 278)
The movie Bluespace will be screened in SCI278. Following the film, there will be a faculty talkback with Kim McLeod,Wes Watters, Erich Hatala Matthes, and Katrin Monecke.
Sponsored by Astronomy, Environmental Studies Program, Geosciences
Science Center Faculty Seminar Series (February 28, 12:30PM)
Sponsored by Science Center
Douglas Lecture (March 1, 5:00PM, Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities)
Dr. Rob Nixon: Environmental Martyrdom and the Fate of the Forests
Martyrdom is direct action in extremis. Martyrs put their bodies on the line, risking, for the sake of principle, not just a weekend in jail, but burial in the dead of night in a shallow grave. Some environmental martyrs remain anonymous, they're vanishing unnoticed beyond their villages. But others gather posthumous fame and purpose, achieving in their earthly afterlife a rallying power and an enduring force. This talk will address the current surge in environmental martyrdom across the global South against the backdrop of the neoliberal resource wars and the compound threats of climate change.
Rob Nixon holds the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of four books, most recently Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, which won numerous awards, including the 2012 Sprout prize from the International Studies Association for the best book in environmental studies. Nixon writes frequently for the New York Times. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Nation, Chronicle of Higher Education, London Review of Books, and Critical Inquiry.
This event is organized in collaboration with the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities.
Philosophy Colloquium (March 9)
Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte
Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte’s research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations.
Sponsored by Philosophy Department
Community forum to Develop Sustainability Principles for Wellesley (March 13 or March 14)
Sponsored by the Albright Institute, Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, Office of Sustainability, and Sustainability Committee
Dr. Regina LaRocque: Climate Change and Health (April 4, 6:30PM, Science Center 278)
Dr. LaRocque is a clinician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. LaRocque is a laboratory and clinical researcher in the fields of travel medicine and enteric infections and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. This year, she was elected to the Natural Resources Commission of Wellesley. Dr. LaRocque will discuss the impact of climate change on human health and the spread of infectious diseases.
This topic should be of interest to anyone who is interested in public health and medicine. Read more information on the link between sustainability and health.
Sponsored by EnAct and Sustainability Committee
The Calderwood Lecture in Economics (April 10, 4:15PM, PNE Atrium)
Professor Anna Aizer: The Environment and Disparities in Children's Outcomes: The Care of Lead
Dr. Aizer is a labor and health economist with interests in the area of child health and well-being. She is a professor of economics at Brown University. Her research considers the mechanisms behind the intergenerational transmission of poverty with a focus on health insurance and access to medical care, domestic violence, exposure to environmental toxins, the role of stress, and poor children's greater interaction with the juvenile justice system.
Sponsored by Economics Department
Science Center Faculty Seminar Series (April 11, 12:30PM, Science Center 277)
Dr. Andrew Yang: Aesthetics for a Changing Planet
Dr. Yang’s work explores the intersection of art and biology, with a recent focus on the Anthropocene – the era of modern humans. He will discuss his work on art and science, specifically highlighting the synergies between art and sustainability. Dr. Yang is a professor at the Art Institute Chicago who will bring a unique perspective of a biology Ph.D. who recently obtained an MFA.
Sponsored by CLCE, Science Center, President’s Office, Art, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies program, Botanical Gardens
Earth Week (April 16—20)
Sponsored by EnAct
Science Center Faculty Seminar Series (April 19, 12:30PM)
Sponsored by Science Center, Environmental Studies program, and Sustinabaility Committee
Terry Tempest Williams (April 24, 4:30PM for the Reading/Q&A Session)
An author, environmentalist, and naturalist who advocates for freedom of speech and demonstrates how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. She will teach a student writing workshop in the morning and a Reading/Q&A in the evening.
Sponsored by Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative
Wilson Lecture: Former Vice President Al Gore (April 25, 5:30PM Alumnae Hall)
This year's Wilson Lecture will be delivered by Former Vice President Al Gore. Gore is an environmental activist who won the Nobel Peace prize for his work on global warming. Gore served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee from 1976 until 1985 and as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1985 until 1993 when became the 45th Vice President of the United States. After serving as Vice President for 8 years in the Clinton Administration, Gore has worked tirelessly on issues surrounding global warming. He continues to educate activists around the world on how they can effectively educate the public about climate change and currently serves as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit that tackles climate change.
Gore has authored several books on the issue of global warming: “Earth in the Balance”, “An Inconvenient Truth”, “The Assault on Reason”, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” and “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change”. He starred in the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and his book “An Inconvenient Truth”, which was published in conjunction with the documentary won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. In 2017, he starred in “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and released “Melting Ice”, which is a virtual reality project.
For his contributions to climate change, Gore has won numerous awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The Nobel Prize was awarded to Gore along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". He holds honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions, including Hamilton College (2011), Tilburg University (2010), the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2010) and Concordia University (2007).
Deane Lecture: Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant (May 1, 5:00PM, Science Center 277)
Dr. Wynn-Grant is a Conservation Biologist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). She studies the movement patterns and behavior of black bears to uncover the causes of human-bear conflict in developing landscapes and to help create recommendations for human-bear coexistence. She is trained as a large carnivore ecologist, and her research combines biology and social science methods to better understand human-wildlife interactions. Dr. Wynn-Grant also works to develop educational and outreach programs that promote diversity and inclusion in conservation science at AMNH and within the Society for Conservation Biology.