Past Climate and Social Science Speakers
04/22/2014 - 4:00pm | Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico
Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Department of Anthropology, Rice University
In Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, state and private interests have created the densest development of wind power anywhere in the world. This presentation examines how a governmentally supported, ecologically timely project, the Mareña Renovables wind park, failed in the face of unprecedented local resistance.
04/11/2014 - 11:00am | Stop Saving the Planet! … & Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists
Jenny Price, Princeton University
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 and Human Frailty. Laura Nader, University of California
Laura Nader, University of California
Laura Nader has authored over 300 book and articles in a storied career that includes becoming the first tenured woman in Anthropology at the University of California.
There will be three opportunities to hear her speak at Yale on March 25:
11:30 Book talk, Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West. (Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center)
2:15 Screening of her film, Losing Knowledge: 50 Years of Change in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall)
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.