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Upcoming Events


Fall 2014 Events:

September 5 - GEP Masters Colloquium, "Studying Global Environmental Politics: Wrapping One's Head Around the Planet"
3:30 - 5:00PM, TBA

September 15 - Introduction to International Environmental Law, with David Hunter
11:45AM - 2:00PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

September 19 - GEP/NRSD Alumni Panel, featuring:

Olivia Gilmore, Returned Boren Fellow (Brazil) and U.S. Foreign Service Candidate
Casey Harrison, Program Officer - Private Sector Engagement & Agriculture, WWF
Adam Jadhav, Fulbright-Nehru researcher affiliated with the Indian government's National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management
Larke Williams, Regulatory Project, US-EPA

MGC 245, 3:30 - 4:45 PM

September 23 - SIS 660 visit to Greenpeace (all GEP/NRSD students welcome)
12:00 - 2:00PM

September 26 - Fall Welcome Potluck (details TBA via email)

September 29 - SIS 660 visit to NRDC (all GEP/NRSD students welcome)
12:00 - 2:00PM

October 3 - NRSD Orientation, meeting with UPeace representatives
9:00AM - 12:30PM, SIS 300

October 8 - Second annual Al-Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award and Lecture, with Jon Barnett
3:00 - 5:00PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room



Past Events:

January 15: Clive Hamilton on Environmental Justice Considerations of Climate Engineering
3:00-4:30PM SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

March 14-16 - Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN) conference, "Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning Conference"

March 26 - Dr. Dr. Michael Fabinyi will give a talk entitled "Chinese Seafood Consumption and Implications for the Asia-Pacific"
2:30-4:30PM - SIS 300

March 20 - GEP Colloquium "Why Bother? A Discussion about Environmental Commitment" with GEP faculty panel.

March 18-30 - DC Environmental Film Festival

April 4-6 - “Chico Vive” conference in partnership with the Rainforest Foundation on global environmental activism, commemorating 25th anniversary of the death of Chico Mendes
-SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

April 22 - "Earth Day in a Conflicted World" Panel with GEP faculty and guest (TBA)
3:00-4:30PM - MGC 245



Fall 2013 Events

Spring 2013 Events

Fall 2012 Events

Spring 2012 Events

Fall 2011 Events


Fall 2013 Events

Monday, September 16 (11:45 - 2:30 pm,SIS Abramson Family Founders Room, Introduction to International Environmental Law, with David Hunter

September 23 (9:30 am-11:30 am, MGC 200) The American Way of Eating, with Tracie McMillan

October Practicum team on water and peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine presents research and reports

October 1 (9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room) Ivory Belongs to Elephants, with Jim Nyamu

October 1 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sixth Floor Student Lounge, American University WashingtonCollege of Law) Environmental Peacebuilding on the Jordan River

October 16 (details TBD)- World Food Day

October 17-18 (details TBD)- JPAC Conference on 20th anniversary of NAFTA’s Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

October 23 (11:00am - 12:00pm, Ward 1) GEP will co-host "Growing Our Way Into a New Economy." Schoolteacher Stephen Ritz speaks about teaching urban agriculture in the South Bronx.

October 24 (details TBD)- National Food Day

November 6 (9:00am - 4:00pm, WCL)- Putting People First: Regulating Big Industry to Promote Environmental Health Symposium presented by the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Publication.

November 11 (4:30pm, SIS 110)- The Cuba study abroad course will present their findings, research, and experience from the two-week intensive program.

November 18-21 (details TBD)- Cuban economist and scholar Laneydi Martinez will be a visiting scholar at AU. This will include a formal presentation on changes in the Cuban economy and its effects on sustainability, agriculture, and food security. There will also be a brown-bag lunch.

December 5-6 (details TBD)- Rural Coalition Winter Forum and Annual Gala


Spring 2013 Events

Sunday, May 12:

GEP & NRSD Graduation Ceremony,

10AM-12PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

SIS Commencement Ceremony,

1PM, Bender Arena


Wednesday, April 30:

GEP/NRSD SRP Presentation Day

SIS 300

Friday, April 26:

Save the Date for SIS Practicum Presentations
SIS Abramson Family Founders Room


  • Agricultural Policy for Social and Ecological Resilience 


  • International Financial Flows: Environmental Practices


  • Development and Conflict in the Mekong River Basin, Office of Conservation and Water Team
  • Local-scale Sustainable Design, National Capital Planning Commission Team


 April is Earth Month!

Panel on Sustainable Food & Agriculture:
Advocacy in Action
Monday, April 8th
10:20 A.M. - 11:35 A.M.
SIS 233

Panel on Climate Activism:
Wednesday, April, 10th
10:00 A.M. - 11:35 A.M.
Ward 304

Working Downtown:
Careers in Environmental Politics Panel
with young professionals from National Geographic, Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency.
Tuesday, April 23rd
9:00 A.M.- 10:30 A.M.
SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Event on Food Security and Sovereignty:
Tuesday, April 23rd
4:00 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.
Location TBD

And more!

Sunday, February 17:

Forward on Climate Rally (350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus)

12PM, The National Mall


Friday, March 1:

Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the Role of International Financial Institutions, with Charles E. Di Leva, Chief Counsel at the Environmental and International Law Unit for The World Bank

10:20-11:35AM, McDowell Formal Lounge


Monday, March 18:

Environmental Film Festival screening of Shark Loves the Amazon(60 min).  

7PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room


Tuesday, March 19:

The inaugural Al Moumin Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding presents "Natural Resources and Conflict: A Glimpse into the Future,"
with Michael Ross. Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute.

2-4:30PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room








Fall 2012 Events

Thursday, October 11:

Summer Activities and Internships Panel

3:30-5:00PM, SIS 300


Tuesday, December 4:

The Future of International Climate Policy,
with Ruth Greenspan Bell

12:00-1:30PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Tuesday, October 2:

China's Environmental Challenges,
book launch with Judy Shapiro

4:00-5:30, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Thursday, October 4:

Visit from Norwegian polar explorer Thorleif Thorleifsson

12:30-2:00PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Tuesday, September 18:

Introduction to International Environmental Law,
with David Hunter

9:00-11:30AM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Saturday, September 15:

GEP/NRSD Potluck, 5:30-8:00PM

Thursday, September 27:

Silent Spring Anniversary

12:00-2:30PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room








Spring 2012 Events

Tuesday, May 8:

Resource Geopolitics for the 21st Century: Security Dilemmas in the Anthropocene

9AM-12:15PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Monday, May 7:

SRP Day!
Graduating students will present work on their Substantial Research Papers

10 AM-6 PM, SIS 300

Campus-wide Earth Day Events


Thursday, April 26:

Farm Bill 101: Teach-in with freshly baked pies
In preparation for the April 27 symposium U.S. Farm Bill 2012: Policy & Potential, the symposium's steering committee invites you to Farm Bill 101. Learn about this massive legislation and its far-reaching implications from current SIS graduate students who are researching it while enjoying freshly-baked pies. This will be a zero-waste event, so BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) if you want to wash those pies down.

7PM, SIS 300


Friday, April 27:

U.S. Farm Bill Symposium 2012: Policy & Potential
Panel Discussions on the Domestic and International Implications and Potential for the 2012 Farm Bill, and a Closing Reception at AU's Own Community Garden

SIS Abramson Family Founders Room
See an archive video of this event here

Farm Bill Symposium Videos

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4


Monday, April 16:
Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems
with Eric Holt-Giménez and Ben Burkett

5:30PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room


Tuesday, April 17:
Zen of Environmental Activism: Stephanie Kaza

7:30PM, SIS 300


Thursday, April 19:
Opening Ceremony: A View from UPEACE
GEP & NRSD alumni opening reception for the University of Peace's photo exhibition in the SIS Atrium

6-8 PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room
RSVP to gep@american.edu


Friday, April 6:

Professor Judith Shapiro participated in the 2012 Roundtable on Post-Communism discussion on "Energy and Conservation"
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University

Monday, April 9:
The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits the Global Environment Facility
2 PM


Tuesday, March 27:
UC Berkeley professor Kate O’Neill speaking on "New Directions in Global Environmental Governance: Studying Complexity, Linkages and Scale"

3:45-5:15 PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room


Monday, March 19:

The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits the Alliance to Save Energy
2 PM


Monday, March 19:
Film screening and discussion for the DC Environmental Film Festival. We’ll screen Waking the Green Tiger: The Rise of a Green Movement in China, followed by a panel discussion with director Gary Marcuse and GEP professor Judy Shapiro.
6-8 PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Be sure to check out the entire schedule for the DC Environmental Film Festival, from March 13-25.


Monday, March 5:

The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits Chemonics International
2 PM


Thursday, March 1:
Discussion and Workshop with Neil Chambers, Author of Urban Green: Architecture for the Future
12 PM, Kay Spiritual Life Center Basement


Professor Judith Shapiro was keynote speaker at the Half the World Symposium at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, offering insights from her forthcoming book China's Environmental Challenges. Her topic: "Environmental Justice and the Displacement of Environmental Harm."


Professor Simon Nicholson speaks at the USDA's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum about global food security and his report on the federal government's Feed the Future Initiative.   


Environmental Activism in a Climate Age, panel discussion with Rachel Bagby, J.D., Mitchell Ratner, Ph.D., and Mike Tidwell.


Monday, February 27:
The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
2 PM


Professor Judith Shapiro spoke with Radio Free Asia about Chinese air pollution. Watch here.


Monday, February 13:
The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits Forest Trends
2 PM


Monday, February 20:
The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits the American Forest and Paper Association
2 PM


Monday, January 30:

The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits the State Department, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
2 PM


Monday, February 6:
The SIS 663 Washington Workshop visits Pew Environment Group
2 PM


Ken Conca speaking on water and conflict at the annual conference of the National Council on Science and the Environment






Fall 2011 Events

Famine Media and the Politics of Representation


Occupy Wall Street: Why Should We Care?


Building Sustainability: Frontiers of Architecture & Policy


Jane Goodall's Town Hall Meeting: A Conversation on Peace


Brahma Chellaney: Preventing "Water Wars" in South Asia


David Hunter: An Introduction to International Environmental Law
See a video of this event here.


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