ESS Lecture Series Schedule

Fall 2018 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.

Fall 2018 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.

13 September.         Mi'kmaq Welcoming Ceremony
                                Two-Eyed Seeing and Sustainability

Elder Albert Marshall, Elder to the Eskasoni First Nation and Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Dalhousie’s Elder-in-Residence Geri Musqua-Leblanc will open the Fall 2018 ESS Lecture Series and members of the Eastern Eagle Powwow Singers will perform. 

Elder Albert Marshall is a highly respected and much-loved Elder of the Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation and lives in Unama’ki (Cape Breton). He is a passionate advocate of cross-cultural understanding and our human responsibility to care for all creatures and our Earth Mother. He brought forward the concept of Etuaptmunk / Two-Eyed Seeing as a guiding principle for integrative science and encourages its awareness worldwide.

Co-hosted with Dalhousie's Indigenous Studies Program

20 September.         Recreational Shark Fishing: An Emerging Conservation Problem

David Shiffman, Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC.

David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist in the Biological Sciences department at Simon Fraser Uniersity where he studies the sustainability of North American shark fisheries. He is also an award-winning science communicator, with bylines in the Washington Post, Scientific American and Slate, and interviews with more than 100 media outlets. He is the most-followed marine biologist on social media (@WhySharksMatter).  

While in Halifax, on Saturday 22 September, David will also present a keynote lecture on shark conservation policy as part of the the 2018 Sustainable Oceans Conference organized by Master of Marine Management students in Dalhousie’s Marine Affairs Program.

Co-hosted with the 2018 Sustainable Oceans Conference (H2O: Inspiring Happy and Healthy Oceans)

27 September.         Our Energy Future: Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Storage

Jeff Dahn, Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS.

Jeff Dahn has been working on lithium and lithium-ion batteries for 40 years in industry, government and academia. He won the inaugural Governor General's Innovation Award in 2016 and NSERC's Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal in Science and Engineering (Canada's top Science Award) in 2017. His laboratory is now partnered with Tesla in an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program.

The world is shifting more and more to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and tidal.  However, the sun does not always shine, the wind does not always blow and tidal flows are sometimes zero.  Electrochemical energy storage (in batteries) is needed to deal with this variability when the fraction of renewables on the energy grid becomes large.  In this talk, Jeff will highlight Dalhousie and Canadian contributions to the science and technology of lithium-ion batteries that are helping with the transformation to renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Dalhousie's Faculty of Science Bicentennial Lecture

4 October.                Elisabeth Mann Borgese Centenary Lecture

                                   Governing Ocean Plastics: Between Action and Anarchy

Jan-Stefan Fritz, University of Bremen, Bremen Germany and the German Marine Research Consortium, Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Jan-Stefan Fritz is the Head of the Brussels Office of the German Marine Research Consortium, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Marine Board, and a Senior Research Associate with the University of Bremen in Germany. He is also a core member of the BluePrint for Ocean Observing in the Atlantic — an initiative undertaken by the oceanography community toward a more sustainable and comprehensive system for observing and protecting the Atlantic Ocean. Jan-Stefan will address the complex issue of how best to address governance issues concerning the proliferation of plastics in our oceans.

Co-Hosted with the International Ocean Institute at Dalhousie.

11 October.              There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities

Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS and the ENRICH Project (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health).

Ingrid Waldron is a sociologist, and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project). Her research and teaching focus on environmental racism and environmental justice; the impacts of racism and other forms of discrimination on health and mental health in Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities; the lived experiences and treatment preferences of Black, Indigenous and other culturally diverse adults living with symptoms of depression and anxiety; and intimate partner violence experienced by racially and culturally diverse women in mid-life. In 2018, Dr. Waldron was awarded the President’s Excellence Research Award – Research Impact at Dalhousie University.

Her first book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities was released in April 2018 by Fernwood Publishing.

18 October.              10th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture

                                   Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Human Rights   

Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland.

Alan Boyle specialises in Public International Law and practises occasionally in the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, mainly in enviromental and law of the sea cases. Educated at Oxford University, he has also taught at the University of London; University of Texas Law School; William and Mary College Law School, Virginia; the University of Paris; and LUISS in Rome.

His talk will link his research interests in environmental law, the law of the sea and the settlement of international disputes with the human rights challenges emerging with climate change.

Co-sponsored with Dalhousie's Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW)

25 October.                Film Screening: Angry Inuk and Skype Discussion with Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril  

Originally premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, this documentary follows writer and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, along with Inuit seal hunt advocate and lawyer Aaju Peter, in their attempts to overturn the European Union Ban on Seal Products.

The Angry Inuk
delves into the economic and environmental issues consequences of this ban in the Canadian Arctic and focuses on challenging the negative connotations long associated with seal hunting. Join us to watch this courageous filmmaker and her team take a stance against animal rights activists and the European Union to reclaim what has been taken from the Inuit people.

In this award-winning NFB documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

 Watch the trailer.

1 November.            The Wake of the Whale: Hunter Societies in the Carribean and North Atlantic

Russell Fielding, University of the South, Sewanee TN, USA.

Russell Fielding is an environmentalist and an assistant professor with the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. A Fullbrilght scholar, he has been studying artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic since 2005, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent. 

Russell is also an accomplished environmental science writer and will discuss his forthcoming book The Wake of the Whale: Hunter Societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic (Harvard University Press, 2018) focusing on the cultural traditions in whaling and how they impacdt current sustainability practices.  

8 November.            2018 RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture

                                Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice

Julian Agyeman, Urban Policy and Planning, Tufts University, Medford MA, USA.

Julian Agyeman is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and sustainability defined as the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.

Trained in the UK, initially in Geography and Botany, Conservation Policy, and finally Urban Studies, Julian is better known today as a critical urban planning and environmental social science scholar. His combined science and social science background, together with extensive experience in local government, consulting, working for, and board-level advising of NGOs and community-based organizations, helps frame his perspectives, research and writing.

The focus of his research is the relationship between humans and the urban environment and how those relationships impact public polivy and planning processes, particularly in relationship to notions of justice and equity. In the 2018 RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture, Julian will address the social science involved in shifting the public's understanding of sustainability, and how we can move forward in creating just and sustainable communities.

22 November.          Social Determinants of Health Among
                                   Indigenous Peoples

Debbie Martin, Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS.

Debbie Martin is a Tier II Canada Research Chair and professor of Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being in Dalhousie's School of Health and Human Performance. She has conducted extensive community-based research into factors influencing the rate of chronic disease among Canada's Indigenous peoples. Much of her research draws upon the Two-Eyed Seeing concept and she is widely recognized for her work identifying the historical, societal, and racial inequalities within Indigenous communities and our health-care system.

29 November.           ESS Student Showcase

Highlights from ESS students' Internships, Honours Theses, and social action projects.