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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.     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.

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.

Halifax Respondents:

Kelsey Lane is the Executive Director of the Halifax Cycling Coalition. She is a graduate of Dalhousie with a BA in Political Science and Sustainability. Prior to joining HCC, she worked with youth in First Nation communities across Canada. 

Mark Nener is a graduate of Dalhousie's Masters degree in Planning. Before joining HRM as Active Transportation Coordinator, he worked for the Cities and Environment unit of Dalhousie's Faculty of Architecture and Planning and previously, in the film industry in Toronto.

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 on 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.    Take Back the Power of Your Story: Story Activism for the 21st Century

Mary Alice Arthur is the founder of Soar and a story activist who uses story in the service of creative postive systemic change. She is an international steward of the Art of Hosting and uses personal practice, storytelling, dialogue and faciliatation to address complex societal challenges. 

Co-sponsored with the RBC SLC (Sustainability Leadership Certificate) Program 

20 October.   This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

Annual RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture

Tzeporah Berman is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and an 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 currently works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues, including the oil sands and pipelines. This year she was appointed by the Alberta Government to Co-Chair the Oilsands Advisory Working Group tasked with making recommendations to implement climate change and cumulative impact policies.  Her book This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge was published by Knopf Canada in 2011. Berman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2013 by the University of British Columbia.

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?

Russ Daye has been a United Church minister for 20 years. He has served churches in Quebec and outport Newfoundland and was overseas personnel in Fiji, where he worked on a national reconciliation program. In 2002 Russ received a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Concordia University for his research on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has taught at theological colleges in Montreal, Halifax, and Fiji.

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.

Julia Sable is meditation instructor and teacher within the Shambhala Buddhist community in Halifax. She is also a Senior Consultant for Healthy Workplace and Engagement with the Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia.

17 November.    Progressive Environmental Constitutionalism and the 2030 UN 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

Sharon Clark is a Principal in the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the lead author of the Fisheries chapter of the Fall 2016 CESD report. Before joining the office of the Auditor General, she carried out performance audits at a variety of Federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations.

1 December.     Youth Leading Change: Our Students Walk the Talk

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