September 5
Grizzly Man(2005), Dir. Werner Herzog
Environmental Humanities Film Screening
7 p.m., Arey 5


This film documentary chronicles the last five years of the life of amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, a man with a most unusual and reckless enthusiasm for bears living in the wild. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author, along with his partner Amie Huguenard, was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study. Herzog uses extensive original footage shot by Treadwell. Refreshments will be provided.

 


September 20
“Composing our way to collaboration: Writing strategies for effective, creative, and equitable science-based partnerships”
Dr. Bridie McGreavey
4:00 p.m., Olin 1

 

Bridie McGreavy is Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication at the University of Maine, Orono. Her research addresses how, through communication, individuals and communities become resilient and sustainable. She will share her research and practical experiences using writing processes and techniques to shape sustainability-focused collaborations in Maine and New England. She will describe the rhetorical theory that guides this approach and describe how strategies such as the use of metaphors, technical documents, writing workshops, collaborative science blogging, and more can help people learn across difference, generate new insights, and address power for more equitable science-based partnerships. A panel discussion will build from this presentation to explore how faculty use writing and visualization processes in campus, science, and community-based collaborations.

 


October 17
Okja (2017), Dir. Bong Joon-ho
Environmental Studies Film Screening
7 p.m., Arey 5


For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission. The gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics. Starring: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun. Refreshments will be provided.

 


November 12
Upstream Color (2013), Dir. Shane Carruth
Environmental Studies Film Screening
7 p.m. Arey 5


After unwittingly undergoing a series of bizarre experiments, a woman (Amy Seimetz) meets a kindred spirit (Shane Carruth) who may have experienced the same ordeal. They are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

 

 


November 28
Environmental Studies Film Screening
Beasts of the Southern Wild(2012), Dir. Benh Zeitlin
7 p.m. Arey 5


In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.