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Astrid Dubois and Max Harmon tell us about their summer adventures: volcanos and place-based curriculums

Astrid Dubois ’20 and Max Harmon ’19 gave a special log lunch talk about their CES-funded summer endeavors. Astrid spoke about her summer internship at the Mt. Saint Helens institute in Washington, her home state. She worked as an educator, guiding groups of students on field trips. Astrid also brought our attention to a 1980 earthquake

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Johnnie Kamugisha on How Uganda’s Birds are Adding New Dimensions to Ecotourism

Johnnie Kamugisha, proprietor of and tour leader at Birding in Paradise Safaris Ltd., gave a Log Lunch talk on the lesser known animals of Uganda: birds. The large mammals tourists traditionally associate with Africa can’t compare to the rare and bountiful species of birds to be found in his beloved home country, says Johnnie. What

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Tom Van Winkle Urges Students to Seek Out Their “Grand Passion”

Tom Van Winkle, executive director of Williams-Mystic, gave an inspiring talk at Log Lunch this past Friday, cautioning students against “trying to prove that you’re not a bum” being the motivation behind their studies. He encouraged students to take a deeper look within themselves and figure out the real motivations behind their daily actions. “Why

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Using Industrial Economics to Protect Small Island Nations from Effects of Climate Change

Jim Neumann (’84) is a principal at Industrial Economics, Incorporated, a consulting firm for governments, businesses, and not-for-profits. He specializes in the economics of climate change, air pollution regulation, and climate change adaptation. He gave a Log Lunch presentation addressing one particular effect of climate change: sea level rise and storm surge, which disproportionately affects

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“Confronting Climate Change,” CES Documentary Film Screening at Log Lunch

Confronting Climate Change (24min) with Elizabeth Kolbert, Van Jones, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Rob Nixon, Maxine Burkett, Stephen Gardiner and Mark Tercek. Produced by Sarah Gardner. Directed by Dave Simonds. Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert hosts a searching conversation with leading environmentalists. The Williams College Center for Environmental Studies was founded in 1967. In honor of the

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CES releases “Confronting Climate Change” with Elizabeth Kolbert

Confronting Climate Change (24min) with Elizabeth Kolbert, Van Jones, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Rob Nixon, Maxine Burkett, Stephen Gardiner and Mark Tercek. Produced by Sarah Gardner. Directed by Dave Simonds. Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert hosts a searching conversation with leading environmentalists. The Williams College Center for Environmental Studies was founded in 1967. In honor of the

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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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