Seminar Series 2013-14 Academic Year
The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2013-14 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminar dates speakers are as follows:
"The End of Biodiversity: Ethical and Policy Issues Around the Super-Predator, Felis Catus"
|"On the Road to Solutions: Lessons from Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative"
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Kathleen Bell, Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Maine
|2013-14 Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture: "Open for Business: Conservative Activism and U.S. Environmental Policy"
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Judith Layzer, Associate Professor and Head, Environmental Policy and Planning Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|"The Social-Ecological Challenge of Megaregions"
Thursday, February 6, 2014
James T. Connolly, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Political Science, Northeastern University
|"The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology"
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts University
|Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise: "Designing Global Climate Institutions: Political and Legal Challenges"
Thursday, April 3, 2014
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Alexander Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University
Seminars are open to all in the Clark community and will take place from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm in the University Center Lurie Conference Room. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired.
Past Marsh Lectures
Talk on Renewable Energy
Jagan Nath Shrestha, Ph.D., Professor (Visiting), Center for Energy Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal will give a talk "Application of Renewable Energy Technology for Improving the Quality of Life in Developing Countries with specific reference to Nepal" on Thursday, October 24, 2013 (12:15 PM-1:15 PM) in the Higgins University Center, Lurie Conference Room. The talk is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with the speaker is encouraged. Please contact the Institute Director, Robert J. Johnston, for more information.
Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho to lecture on August 29th
The George Perkins Marsh Institute will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho on Environmental Modeling in Support of Sound Policy Development. The lecture will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 1:25 PM-2:40 PM in Room 222 of Jefferson Academic Center. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Soares-Filho will describe applications of one of the world's most sophisticated economic and ecological modeling platforms (SimAmazonia and SimBrasil) to help answer several key policy questions now facing Brazil, from infrastructure development, forest code revision, agriculture expansion, to ranching intensification, as well as the potential impacts of policy choices on regional economies and ecosystem services. In sum, he will show how environmental modeling tools are helping Brazil's government agencies design and coordinate national plans that seek to reconcile development with environmental conservation.
Dr. Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho is full professor of Department of Cartography, Institute of Geosciences and the current coordinator of CSR (Remote Sensing Center) of Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His research focuses on modeling of land-use policy scenarios, including integrated simulation of land-use changes in tropical forest regions and the assessment of their impacts on climate, river regime, carbon balance, forest fires, agriculture and forestry rents, and biodiversity. In addition, Dr. Soares-Filho coordinates the development of DINAMICA EGO software (www.csr.ufmg.br/dinamicaEGO), an environmental modeling freeware used by many scholars worldwide. For more information, email@example.com or call 508-793-7761.
April 2013 Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture
Above: "From Earth Transformed to Sustainability Science" by William C. Clark, with discussion
by B.L. Turner II and Robert W. Kates
This year's Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture, titled "From Earth Transformed to Sustainability Science", is in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Earth Transformed by Human Action Symposium. William C. Clark will lecture, with discussion by B.L. Turner II and Robert W. Kates. The lecture will take place on April 2nd at 4:00 pm in the University Center (Tilton Hall). This event is co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Graduate School of Geography and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.
Also associated with the event are two public panel discussions to be held earlier on the same day:
Panel 1 Discussion: 12:45-2:00 pm
Global Change and Adaptation (Lurie Conference Room)
Karen Frey, Ron Eastman, Colin Polsky (Moderator: Tony Bebbington)
Panel 2 Discussion: 2:15-3:30 pm
Social Transitions and Global Change (Lurie Conference Room)
Jennie Stephens, Timothy Downs, James Murphy (Moderator: Robert Johnston)
Please contact the Institute Director, Robert J. Johnston, for additional details.