Past Events

Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Gamble Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Robert K. Musil, President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, as he discusses environmental justice and political advocacy. There will be a book signing after a presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

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Shaughnessy Naughton: The Science of Creating a Political Movement

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Gamble Auditorium

From the Chemistry Lab to Public Policy

Please join us in welcoming Shaughnessy Naughton, an entrepreneur, chemist, and former congressional candidate from Pennsylvania. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Alan Betts: “The Climate Challenge Deepens”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:15pm to 6:00pm
Hooker Auditorium

Join leading climate scientist Alan Betts from Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, VT for a special lecture and discussion about how global climate change is affecting New England, and review the transformation of society that is underway despite current political opposition. In his talk, Betts will explore the question, “What are our responsibilities to the Earth?”. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Weapons of Math Destruction

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Wiese-Merriwether room in Willits-Hallowell Center and Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Hall

Join us for a morning with Cathy O'Neil exploring how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.

  • Conversation and coffee: "Data and Democracy"
    9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Wiese-Merriwether room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center 
  • Cathy O'Neil talk: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy"
    10:30-11:30 a.m. in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
  • Panel discussion
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium 

Organized by the Data Science Initiative. For more information, please contact datascience@mtholyoke.edu

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Isabelle Sprague Lecture - Harry W. Greene, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Hooker Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Harry Greene, Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Stephen Weis, Presidential Fellow at Cornell University as they discuss Natural history, ethics, and aesthetics and why should we care about nature.

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Freedom and the Violence of Climate Change

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Art Museum, Gamble Auditorium

Elisabeth Anker of The George Washington University, Department of American Studies will offer different political imaginaries that repudiate the ideal of freedom as it has been understood in much Anglo-American politics — freedom defined as sovereign individualism, as unbound agency, and as private ownership of nature – and argue that this thinking is partly accountable for the geological violence that marks the anthropocene. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Miller-Worley Center for the Environment and Mount Holyoke Science Center and the Department of Politics. 

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MHConnect Internship Fair

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
New York Room

Learn more about Lynk UAF eligible MHConnect internship and research opportunities in the US and around the globe. MHConnect positions are high-quality, opportunities where Mount Holyoke students have access to a special application pathway and benefit from the close relationship that the college has cultivated with the organization.

”Good COP, Bad COP: Climate Change After Paris“ with Maria Ivanova ’96

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Museum

Climate Change Speaker Series

International relations and environmental policy scholar Maria Ivanova in a public lecture will explore the unprecedented international collaboration that occurred at the twenty‐first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. She argues, however, that numerous tensions remain, and that true success will be measured by how the agreement is implemented over the next three to five years.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ivanova will also meet informally with Mount Holyoke College Students to discuss Environmental Advocacy in a New Political Climate at 4:15pm on the same day, advanced registration is required.

Environmental Advocacy in a New Political Climate: Careers and Graduate Schools

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Dwight 202

Join Maria Ivanova '96 for an informal meeting with Mount Holyoke College students. This session is open to all students, but advanced registration is required and limited. Don't miss her public lecture, ”Good COP, Bad COP: Climate Change After Paris“ (open to the public).

Living with Climate Change: The Road from Paris

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
4:15pm Student Panel Discussion, Kendade 305; 7:30pm Public Event, Gamble Auditorium

There is no doubt that climate change is occurring. The challenge now is to slow it down, limit its reach, and live with it in a way that maintains our deepest values as we adjust to what it is to be human on a changing planet. Please join us in welcoming the Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at NYU and author Dale Jamieson, who will discuss how we will accomplish this. Free and open to the public.  

Jamieson will provide an overview and analysis of where we are with climate change and how we got here, as well as a map of what we should aspire to both as a global community and as individuals in the endeavor to live meaningful lives.

 

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Ray Bradley: Where do we stand on global warming?

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Gamble Auditorium

Fall 2016 Climate Change Speaker Series

Please join us in welcoming Ray Bradley as the first speaker in a series of three talks that explores the science, ethics and politics of climate change. Ray Bradley's research focuses on climate variability over recent centuries and millennia and he has carried out extensive fieldwork in the Arctic and North Atlantic region.

Sponsored by the Miller Worley Fund for the Center for the Environment and The Science Center.

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Navigating Internships and Experiential Learning: An Introduction for Sophomores and Juniors

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Hooker Auditorium

Everything you need to know for a successful launch into internships and experiential learning! Get an overview of the numerous campus resources available from departments, centers, and organizations as well as how to best leverage your strengths in pursuit of your goals. Learn what you need to do NOW so you don't miss any opportunities!  Register in LyonNet.

Inclusivity and Indie Authors: A talk by Zetta Elliot

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
305 Kendade

Zetta Elliot, author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults, speaks on the case for Community-Based Publishing.

Zetta Elliott, a member of the Africana Studies Program faculty of Mount Holyoke College from 2006-2009. Reception immediately following the talk.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies, Department of English, Department of Psychology and Education, Weissman Center for Leadership

Created By Weissman Center for Leadership

Water and Sacred Spaces: A Case Study from India

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cleveland L-1

Water is an essential resource for the evolution of human settlements throughout history. The illustrated lecture, with Dr. Yaaminey Mubayi '90, will explore the relationship between water and human history in a culturally-rich region of western India known as Marathwada, home to the Ellora Caves and Daulatabad fort and Hindu and Muslim sacred shrines.

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Enduring and Evolving: National Park Narratives

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Gamble B Auditorium Art Museum Building

The stories that get told are often a product of who's in the room, or around the campfire, telling them. The history of national parks and the National Park Service is no different. Heather Hanson '94, Author of Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service will be facilitating a discussion around how these narratives must shift, expand, and diversify to better represent a complex reality and to keep parks and their purpose relevant in the next century.

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Earth Adventures: Featuring Farah Rawas '17

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 12:15pm
Clapp 327

Restoring the World. Here: Summer Research in Restoration Ecology at Mount Holyoke College. Come join us for a great talk and pizza lunch. 

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
Mary Wooley Hall, Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

The 6th Annual Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture

Author and social activist, Naomi Klein will be speaking about her book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. The Odyssey Bookshop will have the book available for purchase following the event. Doors open at 6:45pm.

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Jay Mead: The Art of Sustainability

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
Cleveland Hall, Room L2

On Thursday, April 9, at 7:30pm, environmental artist Jay Mead will discuss the “Art of Sustainability,” stimulating exploration and creativity as essential approaches for achieving personal and professional goals, for creative problem solving, and for better understanding and working with systems.

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Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 2:00pm
Studio 3, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

This 40-minute performance project is based on Andrea Olsen’s travels and dancing experience at seven international seaweed sites. A short discussion will follow the presentation.

Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
Dwight Hall, Room 101

Justin Hollander will examine the impact of cognitive science research on architectural designs. His lecture will introduce relevant ideas from environmental psychology, research-based design, spatial perception and spatial cognition.