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Upcoming Events

Hope on a Warming Planet

Tuesday, October 4, 12:00PM-1:30PM, SIS Abramson Family Founders Room

Wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, displaced communities, intensified storms: the signs of global warming are everywhere. How can we forge a hopeful path forward? Please join Profs. Simon Nicholson and Paul Wapner along with Senator Raskin for a conversation at the interface between policy and scholarship focused on building a socially just approach to climate change. RSVP.

Spreading Agroecology and Creating Food Sovereignty from the Ground Up: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, October 5, 12:30-2:00PM, MGC 200

Join representatives from Ekorural, the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development, and Groundswell International to learn about grassroots efforts to achieve food sovereignty in Egypt, Ecuador, Haiti, and Ghana. RSVP.

The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies, Artist James Leonard

Monday, October 17, 10AM-6PM, SIS Atrium


Past Events

Introduction to International Environmental Law

David Hunter of the Washington College of Law explored the changing field of international environmental law.

Why Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Engineering Need to be a Part of the Same Conversation

Holly Buck of Cornell University delivered a lecture on the intersection of agriculture and climate as part of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment lecture series.

Climate Change Governance on the Road to Paris

This conference highlighted the importance of subnational initiatives, such as the Québec-California linked emissions trading system, in anticipation of the upcoming Paris UNFCCC negotiations. 

Al Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding: Liz Alden Wily

Liz Alden Wily delivered the third annual Al Moumin lecture, titled "Communities and the State: Getting the Property Relationship Right for a Safer 21st Century." 

The Ecology of Wonder: David Abram

David Abram is a writer, cultural ecologist, and geophilosopher concerned with life at a time of immense environmental intensification. 

Is it Permissible to Research Solar Climate Engineering?

Dr. David Morrow of George Mason University, also an SIS/FCEA fellow, discussed the major arguments against solar climate research and argued that none provide a conclusive reason to ban research, but rather provide guidance on the governance of climate engineering research. 

Water, Cooperation, and Peace in the Middle East: Student Practicum Report

Co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies, a student practicum team presented their report on their work on water management as a peacebuilding mechanism in the West Bank.

Food Tank: The Real Cost of Food

Co-sponsored by Food Tank, panelists discussed true cost accounting that reveals the environmental and social costs associated with food production.

Our Climate Future: A Conversation with Jeff Goodell

Rolling Stone magazine contributer Jeff Goodell discussed his recent interview with President Barack Obama on climate change with GEP Professor Paul Wapner.

A Hippocratic Oath for Climate Intervention Research?

Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist at the Union for Concerned Scientists, and Admiral David W. Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University, examined what lessons could be gleaned from the medical and engineering fields about the application of a hippocratic oath and the concept of informed consent to the practice of climate intervention research.

Oceans and Activism with Greenpeace

Join GEP Professor Victoria Kiechel, Environmental Science Department Chair Professor Kiho Kim, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar, and Greenpeace Senior National Organizer Dan Cannon for a discussion on student environmental activism and a screening of the sustainable fishing documentary, The End of the Line.

Second Annual GEP/NRSD Alumni Conference

Program alumni joined us for a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of working for both government agencies and for NGOs.

US and Cuban Agricultural Cooperatives

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, this forum launches a bilateral, participatory dialogue about what Cuban and US agrarian cooperatives have to learn from each other. This event will include panelists from the UN Development Program- Cuba, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Business & Cooperatives Programs, and FAO's Office of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.