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ESS Lecture Series Schedule


Fall 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.

15 September.     The Four Directions of Environmental Stewardship 

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned First Nations carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. In 1998, Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2006, the Order of Canada and has received many awards and honours for his art and his community involvement. He is the co-author of the popular Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of several books that showcase his art and First Nations storytelling. He speaks about his struggles with addiction, First Nations’ identity, human interdependence and our interconnectedness with the natural world. 

Co-hosted with Dalhousie’s Indigenous Studies Program

22 September.    Cycling Cowboys: Calgary’s Shift Towards Becoming a More Bike-friendly City

Ryan Vanderputten has over 15 years of experience as an engineer, community planner and traffic expert. He is currently Calgary's Director of Transportation Planning with a mandate to develop efficient, customer-focused transportation systems that support all modes of travel and promote smart growth priorities.

Co-hosted with Dalhousie’s Bike Center in celebration of Dal Bike Week

29 September.     Fracking and Earthquakes: An Unnatural History

Andrew Nikiforuk is a provocative Canadian journalist whose writing has earned seven National Magazine Awards, top investigative-writing honors from the Association of Canadian Journalists and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. His writings on energy and economics have sparked discussion, shifting attitudes and environmental reform throughout Canada. His most recent book is Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry (Greystone, 2015).

6 October.        Plastic in our Oceans – Can We Come Together to Solve this Global Problem?

9th Annual Ransom A. Myers Lecture in Science & Society

Jenna Jambeck is an Associate Professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, conducting research and teaching environmental engineering with a focus on solid waste management. Jambeck's work has included the development of two mobile applications designed to educate and empower individuals and researchers in identifying and recycling marine debris.

The annual Ransom A. Myers Lecture in Science & Society is organized by his family, colleagues and former students and is supported by the President’s Office at Dalhousie

Co-sponsored with the Dalhousie Department of Biology 

13 October.    Film Screening: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Charles Wilkinson's eighth film —Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World — was chosen as the Best Canadian Feature Documentary at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film explores the breathtaking Haida Gwaii archipelago off BC’s northwest coast, home to a dedicated community uniting to protect land and sea for the next generation.

Watch the trailer here.

20 October.   This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

Annual RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture

Tzeporah Berman is a Canadian environmental activist, campaigner and writer, known for her role as a key organizer in the 1993 logging blockades of Clayoquot Sound, the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Berman has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy for over twenty years and her continued activism includes working with Greenpeace to preserve Canadian rainforests, serving as a strategic advisor on clean energy and oil sands consultations for environmental and First Nations organizations and most recently, working with the BC Government Climate Leadership Team. Her first book was entitled This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Vintage, 2012).

Co-sponsored with The RBC Foundation

27 October.     After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

Gordon Laxer is the Founding Director of the Parkland Institute and a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He has authored six books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada, which received the John Porter Award in 1991 for the best book written about Canada. His latest book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians (Douglas and McIntyre, 2015), was nominated for the 2016 John W. Dafoe prize for non-fiction literature and won the Errol Sharpe Book Prize in May of this year.

3 November.     Environmental Stewardship: What Does Faith Contribute? 

Marty Janowitz serves as Vice President of Sustainable Development with StanTec Consulting. He also acts as Chair of the Nova Scotia Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity and is a member of the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective.

Paul Khosla is a pastor with the Faith Tabernacle Church (a Pentecostal Assembly of Canada congregation) in Halifax and a volunteer with Dalhousie’s MultiFaith Centre.

Joanne Langley is a pediatric physician specializing in infectious diseases in children based at the IWK Health Centre and the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health & Epidemiology and holds the GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Pediatric Vaccinology at Dalhousie.  She is a long-term volunteer at Dalhousie’s MultiFaith Centre as a member of the Halifax Baha’i Community.

17 November.    Progressive Environmental Constitutionalism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema has worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme for over two decades, focusing primarily on the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws. A lawyer and career diplomat by training, Mrema has worked as the principal legal officer and Director in the Division of Environmental law and Conventions and previously as Deputy Director in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation both in UNEP, Nairobi and before then as Executive Secretary of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Bonn, Germany. Before her work with UNEP, Mrema served as Senior Legal Counsel with the Tanzania Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Co-sponsored with MELAW (Marine Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie)

24 November.     The Fall 2016 CESD Report

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the office of the Auditor General, she held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and Vice President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada. Gelfand has also served as Vice-President of Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada, Co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Centre of Excellence, President of Nature Canada, and founded and co-chaired the Green Budget Coalition.

1 December.     ESS / SLC Grads: Making Change

A panel presentation of exciting local social, financial, and environmental sustainability social change being accomplished by our Environment, Society and Sustainability graduates and Sustainability Leadership Certificate participants.