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The Gleaners and I

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The class “Environmental Humanities: Energy and Utopia” will be hosting a screening of the film The Gleaners and I. This 2000 French documentary film by Agnès Varda features various kinds of gleaning. It was entered into competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and later went on to win awards around the world. (Unrated, 82 […]

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Shusenjo: Korean Comfort Women

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Film director Miki Dezaki presents his powerful debut work Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue. This highly acclaimed documentary examines the enduring, divisive legacy of the Japanese military’s wartime use of sexual slaves, officially referred to as “comfort women.” Even in today’s Japan, seventy-four years after the end of the Pacific War, […]

Male Elephants and Female Farmers: Conflict to Resolution

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Kate Evans is founder and director of Elephants for Africa and an award-winning behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist. Her interest in male elephants has expanded to focus on the social and ecological requirements of male elephants in the context of a human landscape. Evans is an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter, an […]

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Flips, Locks, and Feedbacks: The Lasting Effects of Fisheries on Maine’s Kelp Forest Ecosystem

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Ecosystems can “flip” and, as a result of reinforcing feedback mechanisms, “lock” into alternative stable states. Robert Steneck, professor at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, studied this process in a kelp-forest ecosystem in Maine for nearly four decades and found two stable states: one dominated by green sea urchins and crustose coralline […]

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Clara M. Southworth Lecture with Paul Discoe

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Designer and innovator Paul Discoe is managing partner for O2 Artisans Aggregate (O2AA), an urban industrial eco-park in Oakland, Calif. He is also a design consultant for Japanese-style temples, restaurants, houses, and furniture. His studio at O2AA includes a small workshop for prototypes and one-of-a-kind objects. A longtime student of Zen Buddhism, Discoe is an ordained Buddhist […]

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Harnessing Remote Sensing and Wireless Sensor Network Technology to Document Environmental Change

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

From pole to pole, human societies are increasingly having a notable and negative impact on their surrounding environment through land-use practices, degrading ecological communities with social and economic consequences that in turn harm communal well-being, but the answer to these challenges lies in a deep understanding of environmental processes and the careful observation of environmental […]

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Farming in Penobscot Bay: Aquaculture and Applied Research on Hurricane Island

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A talk by Teddy Simpson, Colby Class of ’17, program manager, Hurricane Island Foundation, which integrates science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally sustainable island community. Current research explores community-driven questions in the emerging kelp and scallop aquaculture industries. The foundation engages students, fishermen, scientists, teachers, and community […]

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Flips, Locks, and Feedbacks

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Robert Steneck, professor at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, presents the fall 2018 Hollis Lecturer in Environmental Studies. Ecosystems can “flip” and, as a result of reinforcing feedback mechanisms, “lock” into alternative stable states. Steneck studied this process in a kelp-forest ecosystem in Maine for nearly four decades and found two stable states: […]

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Perspectives on Women in Science

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

One of the most distinctive developments in American science and engineering during the last 50 years isn’t any specific discovery or invention. Instead, this revolution involves something even more fundamental: re-envisioning ideas about who can and should become an engineer or scientist. This talk by Amy Sue Bix, Iowa State University, explores that transformation, reviewing the […]

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The Genius of the System

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Luc Sante’s lecture and slide talk proposes that American regional photographers in the 20th century, far outside the discussions occurring in major cities, were experimenting with the medium in often radical ways. Many of these photographers were little documented — we may not even know their names—and we can have little idea of what they […]

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Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic Hike Along the Keystone XL Pipeline

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Ken Ilgunas walked nearly 2,000 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Learn about Ilgunas’ adventure, the world’s first modern journey across private property, on which he trespassed over one of the most ignored, yet beautiful, regions of our continent—the […]

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Climatic and Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear War

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Alan Robock, distinguished professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, will discuss the climatic and humanitarian impacts of a nuclear war. A nuclear war between any two nations with each country using 50 Hiroshima-sized atom bombs as airbursts on urban areas, would inject so much smoke from the resulting fires into […]

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Effects of Floodplain Restoration and Winter Cover Crops on Nutrient Export from Agricultural Catchments

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Excess nutrient runoff from agricultural fields can enter nearby streams and rivers, harming sensitive species, contaminating water supplies, and fueling downstream algal blooms and low-oxygen “dead zones.” Research by Jen Tank, Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, examines the benefit of two conservation strategies that potentially prevent excess nutrients from being transported […]

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Reasons for Writing About Art

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Artist-critic Roger White will lead an inquiry into art criticism beginning with an enumeration of personal motivations and proceeding, via a typology of forms of art writing, toward a proposition about the future. Organized by Colby’s Art Department. Contact: Kristine Johnson, art@colby.edu, 207-859-5630

A Consumer Economist’s Foray into the Genetic Engineering of Food

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A foray is defined as an attempt to become involved in a new activity or sphere or an incursion into enemy territory. For a consumer economist who studies genetically engineered (GE) food policy, both definitions fit. This talk with Jane Kolodinsky, chair, department of community development and applied economics, and director, Center for Rural Studies, […]

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Lock-in: Design Parameters for a Carbon-Neutral Future

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Architects Tim Lock and Riley Pratt, in collaboration with students in Colby’s Architectural Design Workshop, explore how architectural practice is changing for a carbon-neutral built environment. Organized by Colby’s Art Department and supported by the department’s Clara M. Southworth Lecture Fund.

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Democracy in a Hotter Time

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

The present crisis in U.S. democracy has its origins in our history and political system. Much the same can be said for our slow and inadequate response to climate change now underway. David W. Orr, counselor to the president at Oberlin College and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Emeritus, will discuss how […]

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Effective Fisheries Management Through Traceability

Room 1, Olin Science Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Increasingly the seafood sustainability discussion includes calls for transparency as a solution to combatting illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing (IUU) and mislabeling and fraud. Seafood-value chains remain some of the most opaque in our global food system, and thus traceability is being forwarded as a way to validate transparency claims. Yet whether or not sustainability […]

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