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Spring 2004 Colloquia
Environmental Studies Evening Colloquium Series
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"The Tale of the Tiger: Conflict, Complexity & Endangered Species Conservation" Philip Nyhus, candidate
for the new ES professor position at Colby
"Derailing Natural Heritage 2020 and the Politics of Ecological Mapping:
Lessons from the Sierra Nevada" Patrick Hurley, candidate for the new
ES professor position at Colby
This talk examines the politics surrounding a comprehensive landscape-scale planning program undertaken in Nevada County, California and the lessons this case study has for navigating the political messiness of biodiversity conservation practice in rapidly growing rural counties (so-called exurban communities). Patrick Hurley is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, and has an MS in Environmental Studies from Oregon and a BA in Government and Poliitics from the university of Maryland. he is a candidate for the new ES professor position at Colby. (ES 402 credit)
"Who Bats Clean-Up? Environmental Rules and the Global Trading System"
Peter Riggs, Director of the Forum on Democracy & Trade
Think globally, act locally may no longer apply to environmental policy in a post-NAFTA world. The NAFTA, WTO and global trading initiatives are transforming our world and our environment. What is the impact of international trade agreements on our ability as a state and a nation to set environmental rules? How do we reconcile different development needs with the desire for standards that enforce public health, environmental safety, and good jobs? Peter Riggs looks at several high-profile trade cases with significant environmental implications including reformulated gasoline, groundwater pollution, the US-Canada softwood lumber dispute, disputes over tuna-dolphin and shrimp-turtle policies, GMOs and beef hormone issues. (ES 402 credit)
"Industrial Deserts: The Environmental Legacy of the Soviet Development
Strategy" Paul Josephson, Associate Professor of History
How did the Russian Revolution transform calls to modernize industry throughout the USSR into war on nature and war on the Soviet people? In one case, in the Urals Mountain region an emphasis on production at any cost led to the creation of industrial deserts, regions so polluted with heavy metals and radioactive waste that only the hardiest of grasses will grow. (ES 402 credit)
Green Jobs Panel
The range of jobs related to the environment is incredible. This panel of Colby alumni and others working in the environmental field will talk about their jobs and the interesting paths their careers have taken. Find out about jobs with environmental groups, consulting, law, government and education. Panelists include:
7:00 pm (ES 402 credit)
"Saving endangered fishermen" Author Mark Kurlansky
The entire 5000 year history of the North American Cod fishery shows that it is equipment that causes over fishing not the number of fishermen of vessels or of days at sea. Yet all fishery management attempts to ignore this obvious fact. Fishery management always favors the industrial over the artisinal and as in agriculture is designed to destroy the small scale operations in favor of corporations. Author Mark Kurlansky (Cod, The History of the Basques, Salt and 1968) brings a historical perspective to the question of how we sustain our natural resources and the peoples, cultures, and societies they support. (ES 402 credit)
Undergraduate Research Symposium Keynote Address and IBM Lecture
Alan Rabinowitz, the author of "Chasing the Dragonís Tail: The Struggle
to Save Thailandís Wild Cats" and "Jaguar," presents A journey of discovery in Asia's forbidden wilderness.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has traveled to some of the earth's wildest places. In 1997, he became one of the first Westerners allowed into the remote northern region of Myanmar, a country closed to outside world for decades. In his lecture, he will discuss his initial 300-mile trek of exploration and discovery in a corner of the planet where the greatest necessity is salt and where the main source of meat is a group of animal species little known to the outside world. We will meet the Rawang, a former slave group, the Taron, an isolated, nearly extinct enclave of the world's only Mongolian pygmies, and "lost" tribes of Tibetans living in the southeastern corner of the Himalayas. We will enter the territories of strange, majestic-looking beasts that few people have ever heard of, and fewer have ever seen - golden takin, red goral, blue sheep, black barking deer. And we will learn of the discovery of the leaf deer - a species of primitive deer previously unknown to science. Yet even in this road-less, rugged landscape the survival of these species and the people who live among them is threatened. Dr. Rabinowitz travels back to this region several more times, to more fully document and to protect the biological and cultural richness of this important area. In the end, Dr. Rabinowitz's work is the catalyst for the creation of Hkakabo-Razi National Park, today one of Asia's largest and most important protected areas. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981 with a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology. He is currently the Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Counservation Society (founded in 1896 as the New York Zoological Society) based at the Bronx Zoo in New York. (ES 402 credit)
On Thursday, April 29th, there will be several opportunities to talk with Dr. Rabinowitz.
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