Graduate Student Research Forum
Thursday, May 9 in the EMU
ENVS Graduate Students Alayna Linde, Andrew Dutterer, Chithira Vijayakumar, Emily Sanchirico, Kirsten Vinyeta, Lokyee Au, Marissa Williams, and Sara Nienaber will be presenting their research.
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Crater Lake Talk: A Closer Look at the Bybee Forest Proposal
Thursday, May 9 at 4pm in PAC 30
An informational session presented by OSPIRG and given by Dennis Odion, Ph.D, Vegetation Ecologist, Southern Oregon University.
The National Forest Service is considering allowing logging companies to clear-cut the forest area around Crater Lake National Park. Dennis will talk about the impact of the Bybee forest proposal on the forest in and around Crater Lake National Park.
Alleviating Poverty- Practical Applications of Microfinance Focused on Indigenous Communities
Thursday, May 9, 6-8 pm in Lillis 245
An open discussion about alleviating poverty through micro-development, with a specific focus on micro-finance in indigenous communities within Moldova, Chile, Uganda, and nine other countries.
Annual Environmental Justice Conference
CAER (UO Coalition Against Environmental Racism)
Saturday May 18, 2013 (More details TBA)
Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil
Keisha-Khan Perry (Brown University)
May 6, 2013. 3:30 pm, Browsing Room, Knight Library
Oregon Conference on Biosemiotics and Culture
Fir Room, EMU, May 3-4, 2013
This conference, organized by Visiting Professor Wendy Wheeler and Molly Westling, will focus on the cultural dimensions of this new interdisciplinary field that explores meaningful relationships and communication throughout the living world. This communication includes the whole range of behaviors from intracellular code exchanges to interspecies communication and human language and culture. This new field has enormous potential for reintegrating cultural studies with the life sciences and opening new perspectives on the evolution of language and the arts. “Biosemiotics and Culture” will be the first such conference in the United States.
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Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered
7 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Great Room, Global Scholars Hall
Featuring Woody Tasch, founder and president of Slow Money and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. With a focus on investing locally, particularly in small food enterprises, Slow Money is a national movement that has resulted in $21 million being invested into 180 small food enterprises around the United States over the past two years.
This program is organized by Stephen Wooten, associate professor in the UO International Studies Department, and the UO Food Studies initiative. It is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and cosponsored by the Willamette Food and Farm Coalition and the University of Oregon departments of Anthropology and International Studies.
2nd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
April 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Many Nations Longhouse
“The Perilous Consequences of Public Policy Decisions: Weathering the Storm of Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Gulf.”
A lecture by Dr. Beverly Wright, Professor of Sociology at Dillard University and founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
EMU Ballroom from 7 to 9 pm, Feb. 2nd, 2013
The event is presented by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society and co-sponsored by the UO’s Women of Color Project, School of Law, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and ASUO Women’s Center.
Wright studied environmental sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the late 1970s, and worked with a professor known for her case study of the Love Canal – a toxic waste dump in Niagara Falls, New York, that awakened the U.S. to the issues of poverty and environmental hazards. Ten years later, Wright and other African-American sociologists began to notice patterns suggesting that black communities were affected disproportionately by industrial hazards.
Now at Dillard University in New Orleans, her Deep South Center is a community/university partnership that provides education, training and job placement. Since Hurricane Katrina, the center has focused largely on research, policy, community outreach, assistance and the education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans.
Wright served as co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Taskforce for New Orleans Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s transition team. She is currently serving on the Ethics Review Board for the City of New Orleans and is a member of the board of the Tony Mizzocchi Center of the United Steelworkers of America.
She has served on the Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Advisory Board and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, chaired the 2002 Second National People of Color Leadership Summit, currently co-chairs the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative and serves as the president of the African American Women of Purpose and Power in New Orleans.
Wright’s appearance at the UO is part of the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s “Women’s Rights in a Global World,” the 2010-11 inaugural series of the Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The yearlong series of lectures, symposia, workshops and other events focuses on struggles for women’s rights and is intended to inspire new scholarship and activism.
The Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is funded by a gift from Val and Madge Lorwin to the UO College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law.
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“Indigenous Rights, Women’s Rights and the Environment”
A Lylle B. Parker Women of Color Speaker Series with Chief Caleen Sisk
Hosted by the ASUO Women’s Center
5-8pm, Friday, January 25, 2013, Many Nations Longhouse
Caleen Sisk, traditional and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe located in the McCloud River watershed in Northern California, has been invited to speak about Indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights and the environment. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has been involved in a struggle to regain their federal recognized status, to have their religious rights protected and to restore their local salmon runs in the McCloud River in Northern California. Caleen’s educational background includes a B.A. and teaching credentials from Chico State University. Caleen serves as the Spiritual and Environmental Commissioner for ENLACE Continental, an international network of indigenous women and is active within the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
As a part of her advocacy for federal restoration of her tribe she has been an outspoken advocate for the restoration of salmon. What stands against the restoration of their salmon is the threat of raising the reservoir levels at Shasta Dam, which originally dislocated the Winnemem Wintu in the 1940s. The current threat would raise the dam 18-feet, flooding an additional 39 sacred sites along the McCloud River. This would bring an end to the Winnemem ability to practice their culture and religion.
“Why is Understanding Resilience Important?”
Mike Jones, Stockholm Resilience Centre
November 14th, 2012 4:00 pm, room 202 Ford Alumni Center
Co-sponsored by Institute for a Sustainable Environment and Global Oregon
This presentation is a bricolage of resilience theory in relation to some contemporary sustainability issues that span scales from the local to the global. It offers some thoughts on how any member of society might become involved in building resilience. The presentation begins with the paradox of ecosystem management and the “trap of the expert” that leads to simple partial solutions that inevitably fail. The problem of partial solutions is presented in the context of community-based natural resource management and the “wicked problems” that can arise in such cases. Consideration of the question “How can resilience thinking help us address seemingly intractable issues such as those that arise in community conservation?” will lead through some of the key points about resilience assessment. Moving from the local to the global, we will consider the concept of “thresholds of potential concern” in the form of planetary boundaries and some of the steps being taken by scientists and citizens to address these issues.
Mike Jones is an independent environmental management consultant based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre where he is developing part of the Resilience Alliance’s Connectors Programme linking resilience science to natural resource management. Mike has been a development and conservation practitioner since 1973, working as a park ranger, park ecologist, protected area management planner and environmental management consultant in southern and eastern Africa before moving to his current location in Stockholm in 2009. Mike became interested in the concept of resilience in complex adaptive systems in 2002 when the relevance of Holling’s Panarchy model to community-based conservation was immediately apparent and enlightening. The Resilience Alliance connector’s program aims to deliver the products of resilience science to practitioners and policy makers in simple ways so that environmental management can be practiced from a holistic perspective that accepts complexity and uncertainty as an alternative to a reductionist perspective that assumes living systems are predictable.
“Fermentation: Coevolution, Culture, and Community.”
Sandor Ellix Katz, Author & Cultural Revivalist
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:30-7:00 pm 150 Columbia Hall
UO Cinema Studies Program 2012 Mock SCMS Conference Wednesday, February 29. Cinema studies graduate students and instructors share their current research projects. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of by Q&A. Two eco-criticism presentations include 1:30 pm: Steve Rust – “Postmodern Eco-horror and Youth Dystopia in The Wall (1982)” and at 2:30 pm: Drew Beard – “Defining Eco-horror, or, Why It’s Always Shark Week.” All presentations will be held in PLC 253.
“Terrorizing Women: Feminicide and Gender Violence at the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands,” a lecture by Dr. Cynthia Bejarano on February 28, 2012, 3-4:30 pm. In 2010, she was named Outstanding New Mexico Woman of the Year by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women for her activism in bringing attention to feminicide in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and for her advocacy for farmworkers and their families. UO Knight Library Browsing Room.
Ann Burrill lecture: “Towards a Resource Efficient Europe.” Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012 12-1:30 pm. Her work concerns environmental relations with those neighbors of the EU which aim eventually to become EU Member States, or which have taken on commitments to progressively converge their national policies with EU standards and norms in the context of the EU Neighborhood Policy. Held in the EMU Maple room.
Environmental history lecture by Adrian Howkins, of Colorado State University, February 20th, 2012 “The Conquest of Nature in extremis: the Heroic Era in the Antarctic Peninsula” will be offered twice, 12:00 – 1:20 and 2:00 – 3:20, in Chapman Hall 301, Clark Honors College Library.
Lecture on Local Ecological Knowledge in Niger, Tuesday February 14th 2012 Dr. Jocelyn Mueller, a biologist from Tufts University, offers a lecture as part of the African Studies Series. She will explore the advantages and difficulties of incorporating local ecological knowledge into conservation policy in the W Transborder Park in southwestern Niger. 1 – 2:30 pm, in the Mills International Center.
Graduate Student Research Forum, February 10th 2012 The 2012 Graduate Student Research Forum, “Research Matters,” will highlight why and how the research and creativity of our graduate student s matters. The conference will provide a forum for students to present their work, focusing on the significance of research for discovery, innovation, or impact. Several ENVS graduate students are presenting their research. Held in the EMU from 9am – 5pm.
Dark Chocolate Tasting and Presentation, Thursday February 9th 2012 Judy Logback, Chocolatier and Co-Founder of the Kallari cooperative, will describe the key techniques used to influence the flavor profile of dark chocolates. She will also discuss how this small organization has managed to upset European dominance of the chocolate industry and still keep the cultural traditions of cacao growers intact by helping them increase their income. 6:00 pm in the EMU Fir Room.
“An Environmental History of Zimbabwe’s Highveld” : a lecture by Steven Rubert, January 24th 2012 Rubert is a Professor of History at Oregon State University, and will address how colonial policies impacted the environment of the central region of Zimbabwe, as well as events since the late 1990s. The lecture will be from 1-2:30 in the Mills International Center.
Presentation by farmworker activist and award-winning director, Luis Valdez, Jan. 21st 2012 Hosted by The Spanish and Theater Departments at Oak Hill School. Valdez is also the founder of Teatro Campesino Theater Company. Mr. Valdez also worked with Cesar Chavez for the United Farmworkers’ rights movement in California in the 1960s. The free event takes place in the Oak Hill School Gym, January 21st at 7:00 p.m.
“The Long Now” art exhibition and events at JSMA. A set of diverse projects, all by artists on the faculty of the University of Oregon. This exhibition explores the dynamic interactions between agent and environment. Friday, Jan. 20th – free opening reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 2012– curator’s gallery talk, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1st 2012– artists’ gallery talks, including ENVS affiliated faculty Carla Bengtson.
Ending Hunger in Oregon: 2012 Food Security Summit hosted by Oregon State University. January 19-20 on OSU campus, Corvallis, OR. More information and registration can be accessed here.
Film screening and Q&A with Nora Bateson, Jan. 19th at 7:30 pm 2012 “An Ecology of Mind,” by Nora Bateson, examines her father Gregory Bateson’s life environmental philosophies. Film is shown at the Bijou Theater, 492 East 13th Ave. Eugene.
Talk by Laura Lawson, expert on community gardens, Jan. 19th at 7:00 pm 2012 As part of the Department of Landscape Architecture’s winter lecture series, she will speak about the role of gardens in community life on Thursday, January 19th in 177 Lawrence Hall at 7:00pm.
Kari Norgaard participates in “Food in the Field” lecture series Thursday Jan. 12th 2012 Her presentation, “The Effects of Altered Diet on the Health of the Karuk People,” will be in 330 Hendricks Hall from 3:30-4:30 p.m. More information on the “Food in the Field” lecture series and research interest group can be found here.
The Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Program and partners present two events featuring Timothy Beatley. He is the author of “Green Urbanism,” “Biophilic Cities,” and producer of “The Nature of Cities.” A screening of the “The Nature of Cities” takes place on Thursday, Jan. 12th 2012. A lecture by Timothy Beatley will follow on Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2012, followed by a Q&A session. Both events will be held in 110 Fenton Hall and will begin at 5:30pm.
Campus Forum and Senate Meeting: a presidential search update. Wednesday, Jan. 11th 2012, at 3 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom.
Celebrate the beauty of the McKenzie River with the “MyMcKenzie” ELP team! All are invited to their photography exhibit and opening reception, Friday, Dec 2nd, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2011, 140 Columbia Hall. View more photos and read the team’s stories at their website.
Paul Gilding public lecture November 15. “The Mother of all Conflicts: Infinite Economic Growth vs. a Finite Planet,” will take place on Tuesday Nov. 15th 2011 at 7:30 in 182 Lillis Hall. The Oregon Humanities Center is hosting a visit with Australian environmentalist and sustainability consultant, who is the author of The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.
Hunter, Gatherer, Conservationist: Finding the Forgotten Feast. Reading and Discussion with author Hank Shaw. Monday, November 14. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m in 282 Lillis Hall, University of Oregon. Hank Shaw is a wild foods expert, hunter, angler, gardener and cook, based in Sacramento. His wild foods blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook has been twice nominated for a James Beard Award, and was awarded best blog from the International Association of Culinary Professionals organization in 2010. Shaw will share his experiences in the field and in the kitchen, discuss his recipes and techniques for preparing wild food in the Pacific Northwest, and the political, social, and environmental issues surrounding hunting and gathering in the twenty-first century.
Panel on food commodity security November 14. Global Oregon, the Economics Department, and the Center for Sustainable Business Practices host a panel discussion on agriculture commodities speculation and its impact on food prices. ENVS professor Galen Martin is one of the panel speakers. The event will take place Monday, November 14 at 7pm in the Mills International Center (EMU).
Green Fire film showing, Friday November 11th at 7:30 PM, in 150 Columbia. The film is about Aldo Leopold and the history of the conservation movement in the US. This event is organized by the Eugene Natural History Society and is cosponsored by the ENVS program, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and the US Forest Service. You can watch a trailer here.
Lecture on preservation and environmental regulations on Thursday November 10. In “Nature/Culture Divide: Tales of Two Rivers East & West,” Fran Beatty introduces the conflicts between preservation and environmental regulations as they relate to Olmsted’s Muddy River in the Emerald Necklace, Boston, and a proposed approach for the Klamath River in Oregon and California that takes a Native American perspective. The lecture takes place at 2 pm in 231 Lawrence.
ENVS graduate student reunion and celebration on Wednesday, November 9, at 4 pm, in 142 Columbia Hall. The purposes are to provide words of wisdom (or at least networking possibilities) for current graduate students, and to celebrate the program, alumni, current graduate students, and the new space in Columbia – including the long-awaited and first-ever dedicated ENVS classroom. “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to show up, and talk with some old friends. Or make new friends. And enjoy refreshments,” says Program Director Alan Dickman. All ENVS graduate alumni, current ES grads and ENVS staff and faculty are invited.
“Corporate Power in Politics and the Economy: What the Citizens United Decision Means for Our Democracy” featuring Senator Russ Feingold, Nov. 7, 2011. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom 4 p.m. He is known for his dissent against the Patriot Act and his attempts to limit the influence of corporate money in politics. In 2011, he founded Progressives United, a political action committee dedicated to shining the spotlight on corrupt corporate interests in government. The event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and is part of the Lorwin Lecture Series.
Chet Bowers offers series of conversations on how to introduce ecologically sustainable thinking in public schools and across academic disciplines. The author of University Reforms in an Era of Global Warming and The Culture of Denial, his talks will cover such subjects as computer-mediated learning, strategies for initiating 21st century ways of thinking, and metaphorical nature of the language. Chet will be leading the talks in the Many Nations Longhouse on Saturdays, from 9:00-10:30 am on Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, and Jan. 28.
Kathryn Lynch and Peg Boulay published in Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. “Promoting civic engagement: the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Oregon” has been published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences: Volume 1, Issue 3. Katie and Peg, co-directors of the Environmental Leadership Program, discuss the benefits of the service-learning program. Their case study “shares lessons learned regarding successful program management, academic rigor and reflection, project implementation, quality control, and evaluation.” Learn more about this year’s ELP teams, and the accomplishments of past teams, at the ELP website.
Dr. Kari Norgaard presents “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life” October 12, 2011. Norgaard is an ENVS core faculty member, as well as a recent author to a book with the same title. Part of the UO Climate Change Research Group speaking series, the talk will take place at 5:00 pm in the Many Nations Longhouse.
Kathy Lynn to speak on climate change at the National Congress of American Indian’s annual convention. The panel, “Addressing the New Normal in Climate Change,” takes place from 1:30 – 4:00 pm Tuesday, November 1 in Portland, OR. Lynn’s work with Katherine MacKendrick and Ellen M. Donoghue, “Social Vulnerability and Climate Change,” was also recently published by the National Forest Service.
October 5 event featuring turing best-selling author and economist David Korten. Korten is president and founder of People-Centered Development Forum and co-founder of YES! Magazine. His public address, “Agenda for a New Economy,” will take place at 6:30 pm in 110 Knight Law Center. Presented by ENVS, UO Humanities Center, and the Wayne Morse Center.
Shangrila Joshi Wynn Ph.D. dissertation defense Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Shangrila will present her ESSP dissertation defense, “Justice, Development and India’s Climate Politics: A Postcolonial Political Ecology of the Atmospheric Commons,” at 10am in 185 Lillis.
Amanda Peacher M.S./M.A. Project Defense, Thursday, June 2, 2011. Amanda will present her Journalism and Environmental Studies project defense, “The Caretakers: Protecting endangered sea turtles is a nightly exercise in adapting to the forces of tourism.” The defense is at 11:30am in 249 Columbia Hall.
Allison Carruth on “Food Cultures: New Visions of Sustainability.” Wednesday, April 13th at 5pm. The ENR center and ENVS present this Fireside Conversation in the Many Nations Longhouse this Wed. at 5pm for Professor Alison Carruth’s talk on bioart and food cultures.
The Polluters: a discussion of the book. Tuesday, April 12th. The Polluters co-author Benjamin Ross leads a discussion around the book, which outlines the history of the American chemical industry and its influence on our policy and politics. 7pm, Cozmic Pizza.
Christine Zeller-Powell M.S. Thesis Presentation, ENVS. Monday, April 11, 2011. Christine presents her thesis, “Defining Biomass as a Source of Renewable Energy: The Lifecycle Carbon Emissions of Biomass Energy and a Survey and Analysis of Biomass Definitions in States’ Renewable Portfolio Standards, Federal Law and Proposed Legislation.” 3:30 pm, Room 243, Knight Law Center.
American Environmentalism at the Crossroads: April 5th, 2011. This lecture features Gus Speth, Vermont Law School. Speth is the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, co-founded the NRDC, served with the United Nations, and wrote “The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability” and “Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.” 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Knight Library Browsing Room.
How Will Climate Change Impact Terrestrial Ecosystems? March 18th, 2011 The Eugene Natural History Society presents this talk by Dr. Scott Bridgham, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies. Friday, 18 March 2011, 7:30pm, Room 100 Willamette Hall.
Richard Louv lecture: Monday, March 7, 2011 The Oregon Humanities Center presents Richard Louv on “Beyond Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Restorative Power of the Natural World.” The lecture will take place March 7th at 7:30 in the EMU Ballroom.
29th Annual PIELC Conference: March 3-6, 2011 This year’s conference is Turning the Tides: Creating a Green and Clean Future. The four-day event includes over 125 panels, workshops, and multi-media presentations addressing a broad spectrum of environmental law and advocacy.
Julia Ridgeway CLLAS Grantee Presentation: Thursday, March 3, 2011 ENVS Master’s student Julia Ridgeway-Díaz will present on “Ecosystem Change, Westernization, and Women’s Health in Amazonian Ecuador.” The event is a Winter 2011 Center for Latino and Latin American Studies grantee presentation. It takes place from 3:30-5:00pm in 331 Klamath Hall.
Toxic Trespass — Film and Discussion: March 2nd, 2011 The CSWS Social Sciences Feminist Network Research Interest Group invites you to this free film event. A discussion follows, featuring panelists from Oregon Toxics Alliance, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, ENVS, and CAER. From 7-9pm in Willamette 100.
“Salmon is Everything” public reading: February 18th, 2011 This community-based play about the Klamath River Watershed was developed by members of the Karuk, Hupa, and Yurok tribes and others. The public reading will take place in the Many Nations Longhouse from 5-7pm. Members of the ENVS graduate program community will participate in the dramatic reading.
Food Justice Conference: February 19-21, 2011 The Food Justice Conference features Indian activist Vandana Shiva, farm policy leader Fred Kirschenmann, and Gastronomica founding editor Darra Goldstein, among others.
CAER presents Community Circles: What Environmental Justice Means to You on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. ENVS Master’s student Sara Nienaber will facilitate this Coalition Against Environmental Racism event. All are welcome. Takes place in the Multicultural Center (EMU, Suite 33) at 7pm.
A Series of Fireside Conversations 2010-2011 Cosponsored by the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, the Green Business Initiative, and the Sustainable Cities Initiative.