Environmental Studies Book Reading Discussion & Luncheon Book: “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future” by Naomi Oreskes
& Erik Conway Friday, January 11, 2019 Noon to 1pm State Farm Hall (SFH) 210 (note room change) RSVP required - space is limited
Environmental Studies students and faculty who opted into the book discussion with
the complementary book provided before the winter break will discuss insights over
lunch, in preparation for the upcoming Founders Day talk by Naomi Oreskes.Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
Film: Merchants of Doubt (93 min) - View film website & trailer here - Monday, January 14, 2019 7-9pm Beckman Auditorium in Ames Library
Discussion Session with Dr. Naomi Oreskes for students of Environmental Studies, Biology, and History Moderated by Professors Thomas Lutze (History) and Given Harper (Biology) Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9-10a Davidson Room, Memorial Center (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
IWU Environmental Studies, Biology and History students are invited to join Dr. Oreskes
for an informal discussion with question/answer before her formal talk. Bring questions
Founders Day Convocation: "Why Should We Trust Science?" Speaker: Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science & Affiliated Professor
of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11 am Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall Illinois Wesleyan University Click here for an interview with Dr. Oreskes on NPR/WGLT about her upcoming talk Click here for an IWU news article about the upcoming talk. Click here for an IWU news article following the talk
Illinois Wesleyan University will host Dr. Naomi Oreskes as its Founder’s Day Convocation
speaker. Dr. Oreskes is a Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor
of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, and she will talk about global climate
change. Dr. Oreskes, who has conducted research on understanding scientific consensus
and dissent, co-authored the book, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists
Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.” Her opinion pieces
have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Nature,
Science, The New Statesman, and elsewhere.
Summer 2019 Freeman Asia Internship Information Session
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4-5:30 pm Welcome Center Auditorium Illinois Wesleyan University
Learn more about the remarkable summer 2019 internships in Asia (e.g., Philippines,
Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan) available to current IWU sophomores and juniors through
the IWU Freeman Asia program. Materials for the 2019 Program are now posted on the
web at https://www.iwu.edu/career-center/Freeman-Asia-page.html. Application deadline is January 30, 2019. For more information, contact Professor
Teddy Amoloza at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Hart Career Center.
"Environmental Careers Panel with Alumni" Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7 pm Welcome Center Auditorium Illinois Wesleyan University
This IWU alumni panel will include a diverse set of 6 professionals who use their
passion for environmental studies in a variety of careers. More details to come!
Environmental Studies Internship Information Panel (and PIZZA!) Wednesday, February 20, 2019 5 pm State Farm Hall (SFH) 206 Illinois Wesleyan University
Do you want to gain real-world experience? Are you wondering what types of internship
options are available? Come learn more about internships in the environmental field,
how to find and apply for different options, and how to get class credit. Students
will also share their first-hand experiences at various internships, giving more insight
and helping you find a good fit. And there will be pizza! Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
"Containing Climate Change: Restoring US Leadership Domestically and Diplomatically" Speaker: Dr. Rick Duke Monday, March 4, 2019 7 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 Illinois Wesleyan University
During the Obama administration, Dr. Duke, who holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University,
worked at the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Energy
and Climate Change (2012-2016), and as the Deputy Director for Energy and Climate
(2016 - 2017), where he helped to craft and implement the United States Climate Action
Plan. His domestic priorities spanned the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the 2015 budget
deal to achieve long-term extensions to renewable energy tax credits, the Department
of Energy’s appliance standards program, regulations on non-CO2 gases, and measures
to bolster terrestrial carbon sinks and cut agricultural emissions. Dr. Duke also
worked to secure the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Kigali Amendment under the Montreal Protocol to
reduce up to -0.5C of warming by controlling hydroflourocarbon (HFC) climate super-pollutants.
He currently consults through Gigaton Strategies LLC (Washington, D.C.) advising philanthropies
and international advocacy groups on low-carbon strategies, and serves as a non-resident
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow.
Dr. Duke’s talk will present a case for rapid action on climate and the crucial role
of the US in propelling progress in cutting emissions. He will summarize domestic
and diplomatic progress under the Obama Administration, reversals under the current
administration, and hopeful prospects for a rapid return to US leadership. Drawing
from his extensive experience, including a February 2019 Congressionaltestimony, Dr. Duke will offer a compelling case for immediate action, including: that reductions
in the cost of climate solutions mean that that it has never been cheaper or easier
to cut emissions quickly; we know exactly what we need to do; and finally there is
a growing political momentum for action.This event is free and open to all at IWU and the public. Co-sponsored by the IWU
Environmental Studies Program, the Political Science Department, and JWP Audubon.
ES Student Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Dr. Rick Duke Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12 noon Titan Room, Memorial Center Illinois Wesleyan University
ES students have a special opportunity to meet with Dr. Duke for an informal discussion
and question/answer on climate and other issues over the lunch period. Bring your
lunch and your questions. And remember to attend the talk on March 4. Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies program and Political Science Department.
ES Student - Pizza Get Together Thursday, March 21, 2019 5 pm CLA 2nd floor lounge on east side of floor Illinois Wesleyan University
ES students, would you like free pizza? Do you want to get to know more of your fellow
ES majors and minors? If so, please join us for the ES student pizza get-together! We will meet Thursday, March 21 @ 5:00 pm on the 2nd floor of CLA (the lounge area on the east
side of the floor). This event is entirely informal and is intended to allow us to
get to know each other and talk about our program. If you have questions about registration
or other ES topics, or if you just want to meet people within the ES community, this
is a great opportunity! Pizza will be provided! If you can only stay for a few minutes
*RSVP is requested so that we know how much pizza to order and what dietary restrictions to consider.
RSVP for the get-together by Wednesday evening via thisGoogle Form. We hope to see you there!
"Lies, Failures, and Disasters: Entrepreneurial Religion in an Era of Globalization
and Climate Change" Speaker: Professor Brian K. Pennington Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4-5:15 pm Ames Beckman Auditorium Illinois Wesleyan University
When catastrophic monsoon flooding smashed homes, hotels, and bridges in the Himalayan
city of Uttarkashi in North India in 2013, many believed that the divine Ganges River
had finally taken out her fury on the frauds and cheats along her banks. The past
decade and a half had seen the rapid expansion of the local economy accompanied by
a blossoming of grass-roots entrepreneurialism as expanding industry failed to provide
employment to local people. New temples, new pilgrimages, and new holy men appeared,
leveraging the sacred reputation of the Ganges River and the Himalayan mountains as
tourists poured in from the plains of India along new roads. This lecture will tell
the stories of those who lived on the razor’s edge of social and ecological fragility
and tried to gain a foothold in the globalizing economy of the early 2000s. It will
ask what their successes and failures tell us about the intersections of religion,
spirituality, and economics in developing societies today. A "Changing Climates" theme event, cosponsored by the Religion Department, Asian
Studies and Environmental Studies.
Film Screening "NormalisOver" and Discussion with Director Rene Scheltema - View film website and trailer here - Friday, April 12, 2019 7 pm Hansen Student Center Illinois Wesleyan University
The award-winning documentary NormalisOver will be screened, and after the viewing,
there will be a Q&A/discussion with Rene Scheltema, an investigative TV-journalist
and director of the documentary. The following information was taken from the movie’s
web site. Normal Is Over “is a compelling and visually rich documentary about humanity’s
wisest response to climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural
resources, income inequality, and industrial control of our food production. This
unique documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects all these
issues, and offers solutions, which could be implemented immediately, from practical
everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. Rene takes off on
a multinational voyage, meeting not only prominent experts, but also everyday citizens
who concentrate on matters such as organic agriculture, the banning of plastic, saving
species, ecological economics, sustainable architecture, renewable energy, and more.
While this film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels, it most
of all offers hope.” Co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the JWP Audubon Society. NOTE: JWP Audubon will co-sponsor a screening of this film at the Normal Theater at
7 p.m. on Thursday, 11 April, 2019.
"The Future of Food": Dr. Vandana Shiva Monday, April 15, 2019 7:30 pm Hansen Student Center Illinois Wesleyan University
The Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series will feature Dr. Vandana Shiva , an environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate. The title of her remarks is “The Future of Food.”She will hold also a Q&A session for IWU and ISU students at 3:00 p.m. on ISU's campus in
the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms
of agriculture and food. Her books The Violence of the Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mindpose essential challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, industrial
agriculture. Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual inquiry with courageous activism,
and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in
rural India. Time Magazine identified her as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the "Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe."
Changing Climates Course Cluster Open House Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11am-1pm Ames Library Illinois Wesleyan University
A variety of student work will be showcased at the Course Cluster Open House from
many different IWU courses, including some environmental studies courses. Free and
open to the public.
Reservation and nominal $5 registration fee are required for up to 28 students on
first come first serve basis.
Sign up here and pay $5 cash fee by 4p on Tues May 14 to Patra Noonan, CLA 2nd floor center desk
Make the most of the central Illinois spring season by joining members of the Environmental
Studies faculty for an afternoon of paddling (canoing and kayaking) at Moraine View
State Recreating Area on Friday, May 17th. The event is open to all IWU students on
a first-come-first-serve basis for a nominal $5 registration fee (deadline to register
is Tues May 14 by 4p). We will meet at the Hansen Center parking lot to board vans
at 1:00 PM and return between 4:00 and 4:30 PM. Please come attired for a day on the
water, bring sunscreen. Canoe/kayak rental and travel costs will be paid by the Environmental
Studies Program. In the event of dangerous weather conditions, the outing will be
canceled. Whether you are an experienced paddler or you've never been in a canoe,
come explore the lake shoreline, catch some sun and watch for wildlife at beautiful
Moraine View! Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program.