Fall 2010

International Environmental Governance 

Thursday, October 28

Dr. Barbara Block
Cultivating Environmental Leadership: Barbara Block to Give Keynote for Miller Worley Center Dedication 
3:00 p.m. Shattuck Hall and Cassani Lounge 

Dr. Barbara Block holds the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor Chair in marine Sciences, Stanford University. Founder of the Tuna Research and Conservation Center at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Professor Block is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. This event is part of the dedication celebration of the Mount Holyoke Miller Worley Center for the Environment. 

Co-sponsored by: The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program 


Wednesday, September 22

Student Garden Harvest Party
Prospect Hill, Behind the Delles

There will be fun activities as we harvest food for the first gracious dinner of the year - the local gracious dinner!

Co-sponsored by: The MHC Food Justice Society


Tuesday, November 16

Joachim Radkau
Rediscovering the Local in the Global: How to write a Global History of Environmentalism 
4.15 p.m., Dwight Hall, Room 101

Joachim Radkau is a Professor of History at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. His book, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment (2008), received the 2010 Book Award from the World History Association. His new biography of Max Weber (Max Weber: A Biography, 2009), hailed as original and creative, explores Weber’s conception of “nature” in his life and thought.

Co-sponsored by: The Dean of the College, The Departments of Politics, German Studies, and Sociology 


Monday, November 15

Careers and Choices in Environmental Studies: What can I Do with my Major?
4:30 p.m. Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

This event will bring together alumnae and students to make connections with each other about career or graduate school opportunities, life and social choices, personal passions, and more. Join us! 
Following the event, dinner will be served at Willits-Hallowell.

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Environmental Studies  


Tuesday, November 20

Simon Winchester
Book Talk 

7:00 p.m. Gamble Auditorium, Art Museum 

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. 

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop


Spring 2011 

Tuesday, February 8

Eban Goodstein
Climate Change Avatars: Virtual Bodies in the Fight for a Future 
7:30 p.m., Hooker Auditorium

This talk will focus on the science, economics, and politics of global warming and show how the world community today faces a brilliant opportunity to vastly enrich our future. The talk will address Goodstein's experiences at the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, local and global impacts of climate change, and energy legislation pending before the U.S. Congress. 

Sponsored by: The Five College Sustainability Studies Seminar Series
Co-Sponsored by: The Miller Worley Center for the Environment 


Thursday, February 17

Rick Bass Talk 
7:30 p.m., Hooker Auditorium 

Rick Bass is a noted novelist, nature writer, and environmental activist. His stories convey a deep reverence for nature, providing reasoned benefits of preserving wilderness areas. His memoir, Why I Came West (2009), was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Co-sponsored by: The Departments of English and Environmental Studies, The Odyssey Bookshop 


Thursday, March 3

Valerie Olson 
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Below the Surfaces 
4:30 p.m., Kendade Room 305

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, anthropologist Valerie Olson went into the field to find out how deepwater experts understand the mysterious and imperiled ocean subsurface. Mostly unseen and inaccessible, this extreme zone is becoming deeply linked to national futures. Olson's work explores how the spill catastrophe calls attention to new extensions of environmental politics. 

Co-sponsored by: The Departments Sociology and Anthropology  


Thursday, April 7

Sandra Postel 
"Water for Food, Water for Life": Adapting to a Warming, Water-Stressed World
7:30 p.m. Hooker Auditorium 

Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues. In 2010, she was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where is the lead water expert for the Society's freshwater initiative. Postel is the author of several acclaimed books, including Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. 

Co-sponsored by: The Science Center Directorship of Mount Holyoke College


Monday, April 11

Hans Carlson
Where is the spirit of Odeyak? Political Ecology, Native Sovereignty, and Environmental Justice in the Canadian
4:30 p.m., Room 101, Dwight Hall 

Since the summer of 1970, the lands of the James Bay Cree have been the focus o ever-increasing developing, resulting in great environmental and cultural disruption for the Cree. The story of the last four decades in James Bay has been one of political negotiation to mitigate these impacts, and one of continuing and adapting traditional culture. This has meant the development of a Cree definition of sovereignty over their traditional lands but also new ways of practicing traditions to keep them meaningful in the 21st century.

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Philosophy   


Monday, April 25

Earth Summit 2012: A New Generation Goes to Rio
4:15 p.m., Dwight 202  

Earth summit 2012 (Rio 20+) promises to be a watershed moment for global and sustainable development efforts, building on forty years of international discussions and energizing a new generation of environmental activists. Come learn about where we have come from and the crucial role that youth play in moving forward. NRDC is convening a diverse group of civil society organizations campaigning around Rio and this will be an opportunity to learn about how to get plugged into the movement.

An informal discussion will be from 4:15-5:15 p.m. and will take place in Dwight 202, followed by a reception in Dwight 201.

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Environmental Studies, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, and the Environmental Action Coalition  


Saturday, April 30

Volunteer Day at Gardening the Community: Urban Agricultural Program

The Miller Worley Center for the Environment will be hosting a volunteer day in Springfield, at Gardening the Community on Saturday, from 10-12:30 p.m. Gardening the Community is a youth-led food justice organization engaged in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and organizing for healthy and equitable communities. GtC believes in the power of communities to make change through changing and supporting home grown leaders.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more about this organization, help make garden beds, plant seeds, clear the land and meet the GtC youth and staff. Best of all, you will help make fresh vegetables available for the community!

Co-sponsored by: Gardening the Community 


Friday, April 29

Pangy Day 

A day that combines food, fun, and festivities as well as a celebration of Earth Day. Celebrations will include music, games, the Ritual Maypole and Spiral Dance, face painting, ice cream, and the first-ever whiffle ball game. Students can also drop off their gently used items to the "Mega Free Bin" hosted by Eco-Reps. The day will culminate with canoieng on the Upper Lake. 

Co-sponsored by: The Office of Student Programs, the Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, Office of Environmental Stewardship's Eco-Reps, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Environmental Action Coalition