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ESS Lecture Series Schedule


Fall 2017 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.

14 September.     Fishing, Farming and the Future of the Last Wild Food

Paul Greenberg is a bestselling American author focusing on ocean and environmental issues. His 2014 book American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood examined the odd fact that while the US controls more ocean than any country on earth it imports more than 85% of its seafood from other countries. His 2010 bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food won the 2011 James Beard Award for writing and literature Many of the themes in Four Fish were later explored in a 2017 Frontline PBS documentary Greenberg anchored and co-wrote called The Fish On My Plate. Paul's 2015 TED Talk has received over a million views. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow.

Co-hosted with Afishionado Fishmongers and OceanCanada Partnership

21 September.    Capturing Conservation: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Conservation With Photography

Nick Hawkins is a Canadian conservation photographer and photojournalist specializing in natural history, science and conservation related issues. A biologist by training, Nick believes that photography and storytelling are key components of conservation. Nick is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers who have demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe. Nick’s work has received awards in the Windland Smith Rice International photography awards as well as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As an assignment photographer working in Canada and Central and South America, Nick has produced feature articles for Canadian Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Canadian Wildlife Magazine.

Co-hosted with Sustainable Oceans Conference 2017

28 September.     Building Towards Net-Zero

Rochelle Owen is Executive Director at Office of Sustainability, Dalhousie University and has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 25 years at non-profit, government and academic institutions. In her present role, Rochelle uses facilitation, community development, program management and analytical skills to design programs and involve people in sustainability issues. She holds a BSc in community health, a Master's in Environmental Studies, and is a LEED Green Associate. Rochelle participates in local, regional, Canadian and international sustainability and energy networks.

Lara Ryan is the Regional Director of the Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, working to advance the adoption of green building practices in Atlantic Canada through networking, education and advocacy. Previously, Lara consulted in corporate social responsibility, creating and executing strategies on employee engagement, community investment and environmental sustainability. 


5 October.        The Climate-Security Nexus

Maria Banda is an international lawyer and Graham Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.  She practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on public international law, international arbitration, and international litigation, and worked with several international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labour Organization, and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She clerked for Justice Ian Binnie and Justice Michael Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada and is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Oxford University (D.Phil., International Relations), where she studied as a Rhodes and a Trudeau Scholar.  She writes on international and environmental law, global governance, Canada-U.S. relations, and climate change.  Maria is a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, an Advisor to the Canadian Centre on the Responsibility to Protect, and Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. 

Co-hosted with The Canadian International Council, Halifax

12 October.    10th Anniversary Ransom A. Myer Lecture on Science and Society Fisheries in Canada: 25 Years After the Moratorium

 Julia Baum (University of Victoria)                                                                                              Stephanie Boudreau (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Moncton)                                  Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre, Halifax)                                                                              Coilin Minto (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland)

A series of short talks followed by a panel discussion celebrating the life and legacy of Ransom A. “Ram” Meyers (1952–2007), world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist. Ram received a physics degree at Rice University in 1974 and a doctorate in biology at Dalhousie in 1984. Before joining the Dalhousie faculty, he was a research scientist in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He led a team of scientists who reported in 2003 that 90 percent of the world’s stocks of large fish, open-ocean predators like tuna and swordfish and groundfish like cod and flounder, had been lost to overfishing. The study drew criticism from fishery managers who took issue with what they called its overly gloomy outlook, but the work and Ram’s efforts to predict fish larvae survival rates was widely praised by environmentalists and marine ecologists, and it brought declining fish stocks, overfishing, and ocean issues to the mainstream press.

Co-hosted with Dalhousie’s Biology Department


19 October.  Film Screening: The Angry Inuk

Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Watch the trailer.


26 October.   RBC Foundation Lecture The Quest for Environmental Justice for All: Why Race and Place Still Matter

Robert Bullard is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

For more than three decades and in more than a dozen books, Robert’s environmental justice framework has redefined environmentalism and challenged institutional racism and the dominant environmental protection paradigm.  Much of his life’s work has been devoted to uncovering the underlying assumptions that contribute to unequal protection and the ethical and political questions of “who gets what, when, where, why, and how much.” Reducing environmental and health disparities is a national priority of the Environmental Justice Movement. 

Co-hosted with The ENRICH Project  Follow on Facebook


2 November.    9th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture Building Arctic Leadership: Prosperous People and a Healthy Environment

Mary Simon, QC, comes from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec and recently published A New Shared Arctic Leadership Report with recommendations on education, infrastructure and environmental protection in Canada’s Arctic. Mary is the former past president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization and was the Chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographic Society, the Symons Medal, the Governor General's Northern Award and has been inducted into the International Women's Hall of Fame. Mary is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Co-hosted with Dalhousie's Marine and Environmental Law Institute


16 November.    The Politics of Bottled Water

Andrew Biro is a Professor and Head of the Department of Politics at Acadia University. He also teaches in Acadia’s interdisciplinary programs in Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Social & Political Thought, and is an adjunct professor at Dalhousie’s School of Resource and Environmental Studies. His main research and teaching interests are at the intersections of critical theory, environmental political economy, and cultural studies.


23 November.    A Way of Life: Indigenous Knowledge to Sustain the World

Dan Longboat is the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Program Studies/Science Program at Trent — the first and only accredited university level program for Indigenous Environmental Studies in Canada founded upon a basis of cultural knowledge, which serves to support research and development of culturally-based courses and integrated science programs. Dr. Dan belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation and is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee, originally from Ohsweken the Six Nations community on the Grand River Territory. Dan earned a Bachelor's Degree from Trent University in Native Studies with a special interest in Human Psychology, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University.


30 November.     ESS Graduate Showcase: Youth Leading Change

Jack Bennet, Artistic Director of Phoenix Community Choir, is a recent Dalhousie grad (BA, Honours Music and ESS) and a social change activist (the Big Sing, Choirs for Change). In this special finale to the Fall 2017 ESS Lecture Series, Jack hosts a cavalcade of sustainability graduates and changemakers and leads everyone in song.