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ESS Lecture Series Schedule


Winter 2016 Term:
ESS Lecture Series

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in Ondaatje Hall, 6135 University Avenue, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences building. All welcome. Free of charge. Limited seating -- please arrive early.

January 7.     Film Screening:       This Changes Everything

Avi Lewis is the director of the feature documentary This Changes Everything, inspired by the bestselling book by Naomi Klein, an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

“Klein and Lewis paint a picture of a post-fossil-fueled, post-capitalist future that seems not only within reach, but like a place where we actually want to live” YES Magazine

Watch the trailer

January 14.    Learning on Purpose: The Intersection of Education, Personal Growth and Social Change

Ashley Cooper is a co-founder and learning architect at The Mycelium School in Asheville, North Carolina. Mycelium is a learning organization that connects social change agents and creates the conditions for relevant learning and meaningful action. In communities and organizations, Ashley supports learners in developing the relationships, clarity and strategy to do their work in the world. She has worked on curriculum and program development and facilitation in schools, foundations and non-profits. Ashley has a gift for facilitating groups and cultivating environments where people feel inspired to be genuine and actively participate.

January 21.     Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle

Miles Howe is a journalist for the independent Canadian news site, Media Co-Op. He was embedded in the anti-fracking movement spearheaded by the Elsipogtog First Nation and was arrested during the aboriginal resistance headed by the Mi’kmaq Warriors when the peaceful protest erupted into a clash against heavily armed members of the RCMP. His book, Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle, chronicles how people allied to build the resistance movement and how the state intervened to undermine inherent treaty rights.

January 28.        Carbon Pricing in Canada: Why We Need It, Opportunities, and Challenges

Elizabeth Beale is an economist who has served as an advisor to senior levels of government and industry throughout her career. She retired in 2015 as President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, a position she held since 1996. She continues to contribute to Canadian public policy as a Commissioner for Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which seeks practical fiscal solutions to spark innovation and jobs for growing economic and environmental prosperity. Elizabeth is a member of the National Statistics Council and the Prince Edward Island Board of Economic Advisors, and is a director of two Canadian corporations and Invest Nova Scotia.

February 4.    COP21 in Paris: Have the US, China, and EU Put the World Back on Track to a Stable Climate?

Panelists Anders Hayden (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie), Meinhard Doelle (Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie) and Katie Perfitt, (Organizer, Canadian Youth Delegation to COP21 and Divest Dal) provide political, legal, and activist perspectives on the outcomes of COP21 and its implications for climate politics.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS)

February 11.   Film Screening and Skype Discussion
                        One Simple Question: Sailing, Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness

As a young couple looking for adventure, Teresa Carey and Ben Eriksen challenged themselves to drastically simplify their lives by living aboard a small sailboat while embarking on an uncertain journey to find an iceberg. Their quest brings them lessons in the joy of a deliberate life, a greater understanding of nature and a new path in the pursuit of happiness. In an unexpected twist, they discover how the quest to see an iceberg, like the iceberg itself, reveals far more below the surface. In a world where real hopes and dreams are often overshadowed by the demands of a misdirected society, they ask how to find meaningful purpose in our lives, stay on course, and then press further onward to reach our goals? The filmmakers will Skype in for a Q&A after the screening.

Watch the trailer

February 25.     Why Sustainability Needs Spirituality

David Deane is an Associate Professor of Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax and a frequent lecturer and public speaker. He is the author of Nietzsche and Theology and is currently completing a book called The Matter of the Spirit. Dr. Deane's research interests include Christian doctrine, Continental Philosophy and Theology, and Theology and Social Theory. Originally from Ireland, Professor Deane lives in Dartmouth with his wife and three daughters.

March 3.     Exploring Alternative Economic Futures 

Peter Victor, author of Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster (2008), is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for 40 years as an academic, public servant and consultant. He is a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto and considers himself an ecological economist, identifying with many others who have come to understand economies as subsystems of the biosphere. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was previously Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Sciences and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

March 10.    Community Hubs and Place-Based Experiential Learning: A Permaculture Perspective

Kim Thompson is the Director of The Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, NS — a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts. Kim is also the principal at Straw Bale Projects pioneering the development of straw bale and other natural building methods. In her role as professor at Dalhousie's School of Architecture, Kim leads the collaboration between Dalhousie's Free Lab summer course and the Deanery Project.

The projects I seek focus on community strengthening opportunities and have resulted in many creative structures that sustain connections and build capacity at a community level.


March 17.    Cultivating Changemaker Communities

Spud Marshall is the 'chief catalyst' at the co.space, an international network of changemaker homes and the co-founder of New Leaf, a nonprofit social innovation incubator — both launched in State College, Pennsylvania. Spud's ventures are hubs for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity and are designed to catalyze collaboration for good and for creating positive, radical change in the world.

Watch Spud's TEDx talk