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Read about past lectures, Log Lunches

Karen Weinberg (right) and CES Chair Professor Ralph Bradburd (left)

Karen Weinberg owns and operates a sheep farm named 3 Corner Field Farm, with her husband, Paul Borghard, and their two daughtes. Their farm started in 2000 and raises sheep which in turn provide yogurt, cheese products, fiber, and meat. Weinberg spoke about the challenges of meeting the desires of...

Roopali Phadke, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. She studies political economy, science, and technology through the lens of environmental studies. Some of her work has focused on wind energy development, local place politics and energy production. On March 10, 2014, Phadke spoke about her work...

Alison Carter

Alison Carter is a Senior Program Officer with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s largest conservation organization. The mission of WWF is “to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth” and “to build a future in which people live in harmony...

Gregory Durrell (right) and his daughter, Stephanie Durrell '14 (left)

Gregory Durrell is a Senior Research Scientist and chemical engineer at Battelle where he specializes in sediments found in water. As a research and consulting firm, Battelle is unique in its purely scientific approach. Durrell spoke about his work in the chemistry of sediment offshore Alaska.

Durrell began his log...

Joshua Welch '86

Joshua Welch ’86 is a Managing Partner at Vicuna Advisors LLC. Additionally, he is the owner of a small grass-fed beef cattle operation that is located by his home in Stonington, CT. In 2002, Welch decided to move to southeastern Connecticut and convert 45 acres of land into pastures to...

Sarah Gardner (left) and Lisa Fernandez (right)

Lisa Fernandez is the Assistant Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

She has a background in urban development both nationally and internationally. Fernandez spoke about the work of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and how their research focuses on climate change and the American mind....

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Julie Blackwood is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, and on January 27, 2014, she gave a Log Lunch talk on the ecological aspects of her mathematical research. Blackwood studies models of bats and analyzes them in order to help bat populations and prevent unnecessary human aggravation. Bats...

Silver Namunane,  Chisomo Chakachadza, and Mphatso Banda

On January 17, 2013, three graduate students from the Williams College Center for Developmental Economics spoke about natural resources and politics in Malawi and Uganda. Chisomo Chakachadza and Mphatso Banda discussed natural resource extraction and the politics of Malawi. In 2007, a permit was granted to Paladin Africa to extract...

Talia Calnek-Sugin '15 (left) and Piper Sallquist '15 (right)

Two current Williams College students presented their CES-funded summer projects at Log Lunch on January 10, 2014. Piper Sallquist ’15 received CES summer funding for a creative project called “Seattle’s Food Culture through Stories and Doodles.” Throughout the summer of 2013, Sallquist created a book about her summer of food...

Ginger Strand

Ginger Strand is the author of three books: Flight, Inventing Niagara, and most recently, Killer on the Road. Her work has also been published in Harper’s, The Believer, The Iowa Review, The New York Times, This Land, and Orion. Strand came to Log Lunch on December 6, 2013 to discuss...

Rich King with Williams-Mystic Spring '13 students

Rich King is the senior lecturer in Literature of the Sea with the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program as well as an accomplished writer. He is the Series Editor for a forthcoming collection of books about America’s relationship with the sea published by the University Press of New England and writes...

Betsy Kolbert (left) and Jeff Goodell (right)

Jeff Goodell is the author of several books including Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind American’s Energy Future and, most recently, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate as well as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. This summer, he wrote a piece...

Molly McEntee '14 (left), Kiah Walker '15 (middle), and Jon Labaree '85 (right)

Jonathan Labaree ’85 is the Director of Community Initiatives at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). GMRI works from Rhode Island to Northern New Brunswick in Canada with a focus on Maine and Massachusetts. Their work incorporates four major ideas: healthy ecosystems, sustainable industries, vibrant communities and inspired children....

Amherst South Congregational Church
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Caroline Meyers is a pastor at Amherst South Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although a religious institution, The Amherst South Congregational Church has made considerable efforts in the environmental movement as well. Back in 2006, the Board of Trustees voted for a net zero...

Lucy Bergwall '15 (left) and John Guerin (right)

John Guerin is the Vice President of Operations and Sales at EOS Ventures. EOS Ventures works to develop and own renewable projects. They work in wind energy, solar energy, cogeneration, and thermal storage. Guerin spoke specifically about the conception of the Pownal Racetrack Solar Field and Renewable Project and the...

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Aseem Shrivastava is an environmental economist, activist, and a freelance writer. He is also the co-author of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. Shrivastava began his Log Lunch talk by describing the concept of money as a form a debt that is a claim against the Federal Reserve...

Jon Piasecki is a landscape architect who specializes in trying to reconnect people and the land. He is the recipient of the 2004 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome. Within his lifetime, Piasecki has witnessed the landscape alter drastically which motivated him to design...

Eban Goodstein '82 and Professor Ralph Bradburd,  Chair of CES

Eban Goodstein ’82 is an economist; the author of several books including Economics and the Environment, now in its 7th edition; as well as the founding Director of Graduate Programs at Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy and MBA Program in Sustainability. On October 1, 2013 Goodstein came to Williams...

Joan Brunetta '15 and Leslie Brunetta

Leslie Brunetta is the co-author of Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating. In the book, Brunetta and her co-author, Catherine Craig, wrote about the different types of spider webs and the story of spider evolution and natural selection. Although Brunetta studied a mostly...

Ben Swimm ’09 and Liz Gleason ’08 at Log Lunch on September 20, 2013

Two recent Williams alumni spoke about their current careers related to the agriculture industry after romanticizing the idea of farming as Williams students.

Liz Gleason ’08 originally dreamed of being a cheese maker after Williams. However, she now works as a program coordinator for the Vermont Farm Viability Program (VFVP). ...

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Not long after Uttarakhand’s formation in 2000, the Uttarakhand government adopted policies to promote organic agriculture as part of its rural development and poverty-fighting programs.
Professor James Carlton

Dr. James Carlton, Director of the Williams-Mystic Program and Professor of Marine Sciences, presented on “Coming to America: Marine Biology and Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris” at Log Lunch on April 12. Focusing on the story of four large docks dislodged from the port of Misawa in Japan, Carlton discussed the...

Beginning Farmers Panel

Thanks in part to CES funding, Andrea Lindsay ’13 was able to attend the Just Food conference in New York over spring break. Here is a report on her experience:

As an Environmental Policy major and Latina/o Studies concentrator, I have spent most of my time at Williams exploring the...

Professor Michelle Joffroy speaks at Log Lunch

Professor Michelle Joffroy of Smith College presented a Log Lunch talk on April 5 entitled “The True Cost of Justice: Imagining Ecological and Social Debt in Latina Fiction.” Arguing that cultural expressions allow us to examine questions of environmental justice with greater creativity and to take more risks in critiquing...

Dr. Fortun with Williams faculty

The Center for Environmental Studies welcomed professor Kim Fortun of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a lecture on “Late Industrialism: Characterizing a Historical Moment and its Political-Scientific Challenges” on April 4. Dr. Fortun discussed the need to understand industrialism as a culture with its own set of norms and assumptions that...

USGS research oceanographer Peter Howd has made great strides in actually quantifying the relationship between tropical storms and a warmer planet.
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Today’s log lunch featured Williams College’s Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Hank Art speaking about his travel winter study course to California. Students in the course experienced a broad range of agricultural practices from the vineyards of San Luis Obispo County to winter vegetable and livestock operations in...

Friday’s Log Lunch featured two students from the Williams College Center for Development Economics, Alex Contreras Miranda and Maria Jose Sobalvarro Obregon.
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Climate change, energy supply, and obesity are three major dilemmas in America today. As a prominent cyclist, commentator, and activist, Richard Fries believes that creating an American bike culture could be a big part of the solution.
The Keep Berkshire Farming environmental planning team meeting with Tara

Tara Kelley, executive director of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link in Vermont, gave a Log Lunch presentation on November 30 titled, “Real Food: Real Challenges.” Beginning with an overview of RAFFL’s mission and the need for change in the food system, Kelley detailed RAFFL’s work in supporting farmers,...

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At Friday’s Log Lunch, Chris Varrone ‘84, president of Riverview Consulting, claims that the wind industry will beat fossil fuel prices within seven years.
Jane and Bruce Winn
Bruce Winn, president and co-founder of Berkshire Environmental Protection Team (BEAT), discusses the power of grassroots activism.
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Log Lunch on October 19 featured presentations on student summer research and internships. Amelia Simmons ’13 researched “The Secrets of Italian Salumi” with a Wilmers travel fellowship, using the Slow Food network of “endangered” local and traditional “presidia” breeds and food products to connect with small-scale meat producers in Italy....

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Professor Sarah Gardner, Sam Murray ’14, David Nolan ’13, Cary White ’13, and Emily Ury ’13 talk about their summer researching the challenges and opportunities for farmers in Berkshire County.
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Jesse Brackenbury '97 discusses his role as Director of Operations at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
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Two alumni from the class of 2005, Jonathan Landsman and Ken Brown, gave an entertaining and informative presentation on September 21 entitled, “You Don’t Have to Be a Consultant.” Introductions from Sarah Gardner, Scott Lewis, and Joan Edwards highlighted the connections both alums built and still maintain at Williams: Jonathan...

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Kathleen Merrigan, Williams class of 1982, kicked off the 2012-2013 Log Lunch season speaking about her role as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.