The Center for Environmental Studies

Environmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and governments to grasp complex scientific concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the Major in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Maritime Studies—are designed to prepare students to effectively address these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The program is administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), located in the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. Founded in 1967, CES was one of the first environmental studies programs at a liberal arts college.

To learn more about our work, please check out the 2022 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

The Story of Invasive Species: Log Lunch with Mystic Professors Sofia Zepeda and Tim Pusack

At the penultimate Log Lunch of the semester attendees were joined by Williams Mystic professors Sofia Zepeda and Tim Pusack, who gave a collaborative talk discussing the story of invasive lionfish species. Zepeda, a professor of American Maritime History at...

Collaboration Over Competition: Log Lunch with Liz Gleason ’08

On April 28, the Log Lunch community welcomed Liz Gleason ’08 to speak about her work as the director of the Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program, part of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB). During her time at...

1960 Scholars Program with Macarena Gomez-Barris – “At the Sea’s Edge: Gold, Settlement, and Artistic Reconversions”

On April 27, the CES community welcomed Macarena Gomez-Barris, Timothy C. Forbes and Anne S. Harrison University Professor & Chair in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Professor Gomez-Barris is a writer and scholar with a...
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