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CURRENT EVENTS 2018-2019

spring 2019

Friday, Feb 1, 5:30 – 10:30-11:30 am – Mothers, Mothering, and Environmental Activism

As part of the Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference, ESS Professor Nurcan Atalan-Helicke will discuss feminism and environmental activism.
Location:  Murray-Atkins Dining Hall, 2nd floor

Thursday, Feb 7, 5:00 – 6:30 pm – Honors Forum annual policy debate

Oren Cass and Andrew Revkin will discuss public policy, environmental regulation, and climate change.  Cass, who served as the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s 2102 Presidential Campaign, is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.  Revkin is an award-winning writer who serves as Strategic Advisor for Environmental and Science Journalism for the National Geographic Society.  ESS Professor Kris Covey and HF student Erin Mah ’19 will co-moderate the event.
Location:  Gannett Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb 12, 7 pm – “This land is our land: How we lost the right to roam and how to take it back”

Author and adventurer Ken Ilgunas will talk about his 1,700-mile hike across the Great Plains and how it inspired him to call for an American “right to roam”.  Inspired by the US history of roaming, and taking guidance from present-day Europe, Ilgunas calls into question our entrenched understanding of private property and provocatively proposes something unheard of: opening up American primate property for public recreation.
Location:  Emerson Auditorium

Thursday, Feb 28, 7 pm – Tomorrow documentary

Saratoga Unites is screening Tomorrow, a documentary that sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, and education.  It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level.
Location:  Filene Auditorium

Monday, Mar 4, 12 pm – Food Futures: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being

Anthony Hatch, author of Blood Sugar, will speak as part of an Accelerator panel called Food Futures: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being
Location:  Tang Museum

Tuesday, Mar 5, 5:30 pm – Exploremore ESS Advising

ESS faculty will give an overview of the ESS Program and talk about upcoming classes for the fall, internship opportunities, and study abroad options.  Afterward, we will break into groups to talk about our 2 majors: Environmental Studies and Environmental Science.  If you are planning on majoring or minoring in ESS, don’t miss this session.
Location: TBD

Tuesday, Mar 19, noon – Curator’s tour of Like Sugar

The Like Sugar exhibit explores both the problematic and the joyful aspects of sugar, from the foundations of empires, slavery, ecological distribution, and health issues to harvest and celebration.  Tour will be let by Sarah Goodwin, Rachel Seligman, and ESS Associate Professor Nurcan Atalan-Helicke.
Location: Tang Museum

Mar 25-27 – Michael Twitty residency

The Like Sugar exhibit explores both the problematic and the joyful aspects of sugar, from the foundations of empires, slavery, ecological distribution, and health issues to harvest and celebration.  Tour will be let by Sarah Goodwin, Rachel Seligman, and ESS Associate Professor Nurcan Atalan-Helicke.
Location: Tang Museum

Saturday, Apr 6 – Sustainability Fair

The Sustainability Office will host multiple events and workshops highlighting sustainability efforts on campus and ways to increase sustainability.
Location:  around campus

Fall 2018

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. – ESS Keynote speaker Rachel Gutter: "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: WELL Buildings Ignite a Second Wave of Sustainability"

Rachel Gutter is the President of the International WELL Building Institute, a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.
Location:  Filene Auditorium

Thursday, September 20, 5:30 p.m., informational tables from local environmental groups

Informational tables from local environmental and conservation groups will be set up in advance of the keynote address.  If you are interested in finding out about internship or volunteer opportunities, please come by to talk to local representatives.
Location: Filene Lobby

Friday, September 21, 3:30 p.m., ESS outdoor adventure

All interested students are welcome to join us on either a hike up a local ADK mountain or an exploration of Fish Creek in kayaks and canoes, followed by a pizza dinner.

Friday, September 28, 2 p.m., Chef Bun Lai

Chef Bun Lai works at Miya Sushi, the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world.  He creates sustainable menus by exploiting destructive invasive species, along with ingredients that are often otherwise discarded.
Location: Dining Hall Test Kitchen

Tuesday, October 23, 5 p.m. – ESS Advising Meeting

In advance of registration for spring courses, the ESS Program will hold a meeting to introduce students to the ESS curriculum and answer questions about major and minor requirements and upcoming courses. ESS faculty will give an overview of the program, and then students will break into small groups to discuss our 2 majors:  Environmental Studies and Environmental Science.
Location: Harder 201

Monday, November 19, Renewable Natural Gas Workshop

Energy Vision is a nonprofit organization with a mission to research, analyze and promote the technologies and strategies required to transition toward a sustainable, low-carbon energy and transportation future. As part of this mission, Energy Vision, in collaboration with Skidmore’s ESS Program and Sustainability Office, will hold a workshop on campus to explore local and regional opportunities to produce and utilize renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic waste.
Location: Gannett Auditorium

Wednesday, December 12 – ESS Holiday Party

Join ESS faculty and students in celebrating the end of the fall semester.
Location: Dana Atrium

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