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Glenn Gordinier on “Epiphany: From Surfer to Activist, Inspirational Lives from the Surf Zone.”

On Friday, May 5, Glenn Gordinier, Associate Professor of History at Williams College Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies and lifelong surfer, spoke to Log Lunchers about what he calls the surfer-activist “epiphany.”   Gordinier, whom geosciences professor Rónadh Cox introduced as a “righteous, badass, old-dude surfer,” described his own epiphany at the age of sixteen, when

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Les Beldo on “Whales and Other Fish”

Les Beldo admitted that the title of his talk is a “cheap provocation,” since, technically, whales are not fish. However, Beldo said, in the eyes of the US federal government, they are.   On Friday, April 28, Les Beldo, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies, spoke to the Log Lunch crowd about how the legal

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Bill McKibben on Global Grassroots Movements, Divestment

“Were losing badly,” he said. “We’re way behind.”   On Thursday, April 20, famed climate change writer and activist Bill McKibben spoke as part of the Confronting Climate Change initiative.   McKibben began his talk by establishing the “pace and scale” of the effects of climate change, which he said, “came a hell of a

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Benjamin Downing on “Why Politics Matters”

Friday, April 22, former Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin Downing spoke with Williams College students, faculty and community members at Log Lunch. Mr. Downing grew up in Pittsfield, MA and was told that the town’s best days were behind it. Inspired by the city’s struggles and its people’s lack of confidence, he returned years later as

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Katrina Korfmacher on “Environmental Justice and Urban Housing: Lead Poisoning Prevention in Rochester, NY”

At Log Lunch on April 14, Kartrina Korfmacher, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester, spoke about her environmental justice work fighting lead poisoning in Rochester, NY.   As a student at Brown, Korfmacher dreamed of doing flashy environmental work, like saving Narragansett Bay or expanding the public trust doctrine to radically

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Jacquelyn Gill and Andrew Revkin on “Communicating Climate Science in a Post-fact World”

Last Wednesday, April 5, award-winning environmental journalist Andrew Revkin and paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill joined professors Nick Howe and Phoebe Cohen in a roundtable discussion about communicating climate change in a “post-fact world.” Jacquelyn Gill, Assistant Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology at the University of Maine, is a first-generation college graduate from a working-class background

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Leah Penniman on “Ending Racism in our Food System”

On February 24, Leah Penniman entertained the Log Lunch crowd with a presentation full of information, justice and even a bit of poetry.  She is an educator, a farmer, a writer, and a food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York.  According to Leah, despite how the world may seem today, our

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Stephen Gardiner on “The Peculiar Ethics of Geoengineering”

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Stephen Gardiner—professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment and director of the Program on Values in Society in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, Seattle—spoke about the ethics of geoengineering in response to climate change. Williams philosophy professor Julie Pedroni, while introducing Gardiner, noted the record-breaking temperatures of the

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Stephen Polasky ’79 on “Conserving while Developing: Natural Capital in South Africa”

Stephen Polasky ’79 is an Ecological/Environmental Economics Professor at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors and Science Council of The Nature Conservancy as well as the Director of the Natural Capital Project. Polasky spoke at Log Lunch and had a seminar with the Class of 1960s scholars on May

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Paul de Konkoly Thege ’14 on “Ocean-Climate Dynamics: Using Carbon-14 to Reconstruct Past Ocean Circulation in the Bering Sea”

Environmental Science major, Paul de Konkoly Thege ’14 presented his senior thesis research at log lunch on April 25, 2014. His research was focused on studying ocean circulation to learn more about rapid climate change. De Konkoly Thege first explained the two basic types of ocean circulation: surface ocean circulation and deep ocean circulation. Surface

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