Past Climate and Social Science Speakers
04/22/2014 - 12:00pm | Wind Power Development in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Dominic Boyer/Cymene Howe
Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe are husband and wife anthropologists from Rice University. They study relationships between energy and political power in southern Mexico where local communities are directly impacted by the nation’s efforts to switch from petroleum to renewable energy sources.
04/11/2014 - 11:00am | Stop Saving the Planet! ... & Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists. Jenny Price, UCLA
Jenny Price, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Is the “save the planet” rhetoric really saving the planet? And what does that even mean? Jenny Price’s cultural critique of contemporary American environmentalism tracks the rhetoric through environmental action and policy, and assesses its usefulness or uselessness for actually grappling–as effectively and as equitably as possible–with our most urgent environmental troubles.
03/25/2014 - 4:00pm | Energy in the Anthropocene. Laura Nader, University of California
Laura Nader, University of California
Nader’s current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology, Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas.
02/17/2014 - 9:30am | 2 Talks by Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Danish Center of Energy Technology and Vermont Law School: (i) Publishing in Academia, (ii) Barriers to Energy Innovation
Dr. Sovacool is Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. He is an internationally renowned scholar and energy policy expert who has authored and edited 16 books and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reports. He is also the editor-in-chief of Energy Research and Social Science, published by Elsevier. Professor Sovacool has served in advisory and research capacities at the U.S.
12/04/2013 - 11:30am | The Captured Garden: Substance Under Capitalism
Steven Stoll, Fordham University
Steven Stoll of Fordham University studies the history of agrarian society in the United States because he’s found that “agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes.”
His presentation was videotaped and is presented below:
11/14/2013 - 11:30am | Global Environmental Justice: A Public Political Ecology of the Carbon Economy
Tracey Osborne, University of Arizona; Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development; Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
10/17/2013 - 11:30am | Praxis, Ethics & Outcomes From Doing Science in a Nuclear World
Barbara Rose Johnston, Center for Political Ecology
Our featured speaker is Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology. Barbara is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy.
09/26/2013 - 5:30pm | Nature - Culture - Action!
Diego Angarita, Co-op Power of New England , Dr. Annie Harper, Coordinator of the Yale Community Carbon Fund
Dr. Annie Harper of the Yale Community Carbon Fund, and Diego Angarita, a Board Member of Co-op Power of New England will give 15 minute talks followed by question and answer from the audience on re-scaling the energy grid, increasing community ownership of energy resources and other pertinent issues for those interested in effecting change in their own backyard.