On Campus Event: Lisa Bjorkman: “Mumbai’s Contested Waters: Everyday Politics of Infrastructure and Access” (10/5)

mumbai's contested watersLisa Bjorkman: “Mumbai’s Contested Waters: Everyday Politics of Infrastructure and Access”
When: Monday, October 5, 2015 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall (room 208)

In Mumbai, two decades of urban development and roaring economic growth have seen the steady deterioration of the city’s water infrastructures. The everyday risks of water shortage-risks that flow across class lines-are managed and mitigated through elaborate knowledge-exchange networks. The everyday work of getting water to come out of Mumbai’s pipes is an activity that requires continuous attention to and intimate knowledge of a complex and dynamic social and political hydraulic landscape-business, brokerage, secondary markets, and socio-political networks whose workings are transforming lives as well as reconfiguring and rescaling political authority in the city.

Lisa Bjorkman is assistant professor of urban affairs at the University of Louisville and research scholar at the University of Gottingen’s Transregional Research Network (CETREN) in Germany. Her book Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies’ 2014 Book Prize in the Social Sciences.

Sponsored by the departments of History, Government and Legal Studies, Sociology and Anthropology and the Asian Studies and Environmental Studies programs.

Join us on October 5th at 5:30 pm in the Shannon Room of Hubbard Hall!

On Campus Event: SunEdison Information Session (10/14)

SunEdison Renewable Energy Development Information Session with Camillesunedisonlogo Wasinger ’15
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
Where: ES Common Room, Adams Hall
Job Opening is posted on eBEAR, visit the website to learn more!

Come and learn about SunEdison’s renewable energy development fellowship program. SunEdison is the largest global renewable energy development company. The fellowship program is a two year long venture split into a year long transition period then two six month blocks.

Camille Wasinger ’15 ES/Gov major is currently a SunEdison Fellow, selected after graduation from Bowdoin last spring.

Program Description:

At SunEdison, we are looking for talented self-starters with imagination, creativity and vision. In addition, we are seeking individuals who are original thinkers, possess the drive to achieve quick results, and have the capacity to assume increasing responsibility in a highly successful global organization. Ideal candidates will have a passion for the renewable energy industry and desire to be part of a team that is transforming the way energy is generated, distributed, and owned around the globe.
RELDP Analysts will support various departments with financial analysis, project management, and project development. Over the course of the 2 year program, potential rotations include sales, commercial operations, project finance, project management, government affairs, design & engineering, global asset management, supply chain & logistics, strategic marketing and proposal writing.

In the past, RELDP analysts have worked as:

* Sales analysts assessing the economic viability of project proposals and supporting sales managers in the growth of current portfolios and project pipelines

* Financial analysts helping with project pricing and analytics for our key solar and wind divisions

* Engineers working to design solar and wind projects, products and drive new initiatives with our research and development teams


On Campus Event: Quebec-Labrador Foundation Information Session (10/19)

Information session on available jobs and internships with the Quebec-Labrador QLF_logo_color_name_2 copyFoundation (QLF)
When: Monday, October 19, 2015 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: ES Common Room, Adams Hall

For over 55 years, QLF has offered an array of paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students during the year and over the summer. These internships include desk positions in each of their offices, as well as field positions in Atlantic Canada. Field positions generally entail working on environmental education and marine mammal and bird conservation in Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec. Over the years, many of QLF’s interns have been Bowdoin students or alumni. Please consult the following links for more information about our summer internships:




More Information about QLF

QLF exists to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New Englandqlf landscape to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be applied worldwide.

QLF is a Not-for-Profit Organization in the U.S. and a Registered Charity in Canada. QLF fosters long-term leadership development within individuals and communities by supporting community-based conservation initiatives; developing models of stewardship of natural and cultural resources; and aiding in community service, economic development, and heritage preservation in rural regions.

Since the early 1960s, QLF has worked across borders to serve the communities of the Atlantic Region by working in partnership with communities and organizations from Long Island Sound to Labrador. For the last 30 years, QLF has also worked across international borders in Western Europe, Central and Southeast Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, offering fellowships, exchanges, and leadership development for conservation leaders to focus on global challenges and provide dynamic and thoughtful leadership for the future.



On Campus Event: Sustainable Food-Healthy, Green, Fair, Affordable: Can We Have It All and Scale It Up? (10/21)

Sustainable Food-Healthy, Green, Fair, Affordable: Can We Have It All and Scale It Up?
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:30-8:30pmmichael rozyne
Where: Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Michael Rozyne, Bowdoin class of 1978 will share his story and experience growing two social venture food businesses- Equal Exchange and Red Tomato.

He will describe the current local and sustainable food movement in the U.S., the issues, challenges, and obstacles that must be overcome to ?scale up? this movement, and how innovation, technology, and collaboration might come into play.

Michael is executive director of Red Tomato, a non-profit business connecting farmers to consumers, relying on wholesale distribution to deliver farm products to local grocery stores. Previously Rozyne co-founded Equal Exchange, a cooperative business that trades food in a way that empowers both farmers and consumers.

On Campus Event: Frederick Davis: “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (10/22)

Frederick Davis discussing “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall (Room 208)

Frederick Rowe Davis is an environmental historian and historian of science at Florida State University. His most recent book, Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology, was published last year by Yale University Press.

Synopsis of Banned:

Rachel Carson’s eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. Frederick Rowe Davis thoughtfully sets Carson’s study in the context of the twentieth century, reconsiders her achievement, and analyzes its legacy in light of toxic chemical use and regulation today.

Davis examines the history of pesticide development alongside the evolution of the science of toxicology and tracks legislation governing exposure to chemicals across the twentieth century. He affirms the brilliance of Carson’s careful scientific interpretations drawing on data from university and government toxicologists. Although Silent Spring instigated legislation that successfully terminated DDT use, other warnings were ignored. Ironically, we replaced one poison with even more toxic ones. Davis concludes that we urgently need new thinking about how we evaluate and regulate pesticides in accounting for their ecological and human toll.

Sponsored by the Lectures & Concerts Committee, and the Departments of History, Government, Environmental Studies, and Chemistry.

Off Campus Event: Jennifer Baichwal Otis Lecture at Bates College (10/5)

Jennifer Baichwal, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker – “Plans are Subjectotis lecture bates to Change: An Existential Approach to Documentary Filmmaking”
When: Monday, October 5, 2015  7:30 pm
Where: Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell Street, Bates College, Lewiston Maine
Tickets are free of charge, but required for entrance – Tickets are available at www.bates.edu/otis

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal to discuss her craft in Bates College’s Otis Lecture

Jennifer Baichwal, a filmmaker whose award-winning documentaries have explored subjects as diverse as the life of writer Paul Bowles, the nature of human indebtedness and the metaphysics of being struck by lightning, offers the annual Otis Lecture at Bates College at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The talk at Bates is titled “Plans are Subject to Change: An Existential Approach to Documentary Filmmaking.”

Baichwal has directed and produced documentaries for 20 years. “While much contemporary documentary filmmaking is polemical . . . Baichwal’s work is decidedly different,” Daniel Baird wrote in the magazine Canadian Art in 2013.

“I’m just not a polemical kind of person,” Baichwal told Baird. “I tend to see complexity. I think this comes from my philosophical background — I believe one can embrace complexity and sustain meditation.”

Her first film, “Looking You in the Back of the Head” (1995),” examined the problem of personal identity as Baichwal asked 13 women to try to describe themselves. It premiered to critical acclaim on TVOntario and was subsequently sold for broadcast across Canada.

Baichwal’s feature documentary debut was 1998’s “Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles,” which a New York Times reviewer called the “definitive film biography” of the expatriate novelist and composer. Winner of a 1999 International Emmy for Best Arts Documentary, the film has been broadcast and selected for film and television festivals all over the world.

Jennifer and cinematographer Nick de Pencier, her husband, have twice collaborated with photographer Edward Burtynsky. Named Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, “Manufactured Landscapes” is a critically acclaimed examination of the often-appalling industrial environments that Burtynsky renders as strikingly beautiful images.

Her other films include:

  • “The Holier It Gets” (1999), Baichwal’s most personal work, documenting a trek she took with her siblings to the source of the Ganges river with her father’s ashes;
  • 2002’s “The True Meaning of Pictures,” a feature-length film on the work of Appalachian photographer Shelby Lee Adams;
  • “Act of God,” a 2009 exploration of the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning;
  • and 2011’s “Payback,” a documentary adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s book “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.”

Baichwal was born in Montreal and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University and received a master’s of arts degree in 1994, supported by a McGill Major Fellowship and a two-year FCAR Master’s Scholarship.

Made possible by the Philip J. Otis ’95 Endowment, the talk is open to the public at no cost, but tickets are required, available at bates.edu/Otis. A reception follows the lecture in the Olin Arts Center Lobby. For more information, please call 207-786-8371.

The annual Otis Lecture at Bates is funded by the Philip J. Otis Endowment, established in 1996 by a gift from Margaret V.B. and C. Angus Wurtele in memory of their son, Philip, a member of the class of 1995 who died attempting to rescue injured climbers on Mount Rainier.

In recognition of Philip Otis’ appreciation for nature, the Otis Endowment helps support Bates programs with an environmental focus, in particular those exploring the spiritual and moral dimensions of humanity’s relationship with the environment.


Off Campus Event: An Evening on Sustainability at Frontier (10/6)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) Presents: An Evening on Seafoodss_seafood_08 ss_seafood_07Sustainability with James Benson
When: Tuesday October 6, 2015 7:00pm
Where: Frontier Theatre, Fort Andross, Brunswick ME, 04011
Lecture is free, special dinner menu available for purchase at the restaurant

The global seafood industry is highly complex and we sit amongst one of the most productive marine ecosystems on the planet. At this event, we’ll discuss seafood sustainability and cover some regional case studies that lend evidence to a changing environment, fluctuating species abundances, and the impacts on communities that depend on them.

Join GMRI Sustainable Seafood Project Manager James Benson at GMRI Culinary Partner Frontier to discuss seafood sustainability, covering some regional case studies that lend evidence to a changing environment, fluctuating species abundances, and the impacts on communities that depend on them. Lecture is free, begins at 7:00 pm, and includes the opportunity to try an amouse-bouche made from responsibly harvested seafood from the Gulf of Maine. Please register in advance using the form below.

For those who can come early, stay late, or just want to sit for a nice dinner, Frontier will be serving a special menu from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, featuring Gulf of Maine redfish and a Turkish themed entree. To make dinner reservations, please call Frontier at (207) 725-5222.

In conjunction with this presentation, Frontier will be featuring some light amuse bouche, highlighting the several sustainable options we use through GMRI.

Off Campus Event: George Washington University Inter-University Climate Change Negotiation (10/9-10/10)

ICCN pictureSimulate a Country in the George Washington University Annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiation Simulation (ICCN)
Location: Washington D.C.
Dates: October 9-10, 2015
Register for the event here

Come to Washington, DC and participate in a simulated climate change negotiation!

The George Washington University will be hosting the 6th Annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiation Simulation (ICCN). Previously held at Yale University and Duke University, the event will be held in Washington D.C. on October 9th and 10th, 2015. The simulation will mirror the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Paris at the end of 2015.

Speakers include representatives from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. 

Gain in-depth knowledge of climate change and the inner workings of the UNFCCC process. It is also a great way to prepare for the negotiations in December for those who are attending!

Want to attend? Great!

Click here for the registration link!

You will receive your country within 24 hours of registration!

Every year the ICCN grows and we want this year to be bigger than ever! The 2015 Paris negotiation is going to be a landmark in climate change history and this is a chance to be a participant in the movement.

Please send all questions to ICCN.Simulation@Gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the 6th ICCN Simulation!

Off Campus Film: “Unbranded” Film Showing at Frontier (10/20-10/25)

unbranded coverFilm: “Unbranded” showing at Frontier Theatre
When: Showtimes are as follows
Tues Oct 20 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Wed Oct 21 | 2pm, 5pm
Thurs Oct 22 | 2pm
Fri Oct 23 | 2pm
Sat Oct 24 | 2pm
Sun Oct 25 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Where: Frontier Theatre, Fort Andross, Brunswick ME

Buy Tickets at this link ahead of time or at the door

Watch the trailer on Youtube here

Film Synopsis:

Border to border from Mexico to Canada, four friends embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Across solely public land, Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Ben Thamer and Thomas Glover traversed desert to mountain across five states and 3,000 miles—with 16 horses in tow. A journey once a reality for western frontiersmen, the men choose to use wild mustangs as their trail horses. The mustangs have been bred perfectly to suit the rocky terrain of the west, but they are threatened by decreasing public lands, highways and tourism. With exquisite cinematography of breathtaking terrain from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, UNBRANDED takes us into this challenging endeavor, exploring the greater plight of the mustangs, and the importance of public lands.

Directed by Phillip Baribeau
Starring Jonny Fitzsimmons, Ben Masters, Thomas Glover, and Ben Thamer

Learn more about the movie at their Official Site

Job Opportunity: Fisheries Project Manager for MCFA (priority app due 10/16)

mcfa harborJob Opportunity: Fisheries Project Manager for the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association (MCFA)
Recommended Application Deadline of Friday October 16, 2015
Location: Brunswick Maine with some travel around Maine and New England involved

The Organization: The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) is an industry-based nonprofit organization that identifies and fosters ways to restore the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and sustain Maine’s historic fishing communities for future generations. Established and run by Maine community-based fishermen, MCFA works to enhance the ecological and financial sustainability of our fisheries through balancing the needs of the current generation of fishermen with the long term environmental restoration of the Gulf of Maine. With members living in communities ranging from Kittery to Mount Desert Island, our fishermen represent diverse fishing practices, but they have come together to form a cohesive voice as stewards of the Gulf of Maine to weigh in on important management issues facing Maine fishermen.

The Position: We are seeking an energetic, highly organized Fisheries Projects Managermcfa logo with strong writing and communication skills who will develop and manage multiple projects for MCFA. This staff member will work on a diverse array of projects including: federal, state, and regional policy development; fishermen and community outreach; gear and technology research, and business development. This position will provide an opportunity to work for a small, but impactful nonprofit on a wide variety of issues facing Maine’s coastal communities.


     – Manage development and implementation of multiple fisheries projects including but not limited to:

  • Federal Fisheries policy
  • Groundfish sector management
  • Implementing electronic monitoring
  • New business development
  • Conduct the day to day activities associated with primary fisheries projects

 – Manage timelines and reporting requirements for additional programs and projects within the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

 – Attend and participate in appropriate policy meetings at the regional and state level

 – Manage routine communications with partner organizations around policy issues

 – Communicate with member fishermen on the phone, in person and in writing

 – Develop meeting material and project reports

 – Create print and web-based outreach materials

 – Collaborate on projects and complete tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Required Qualifications:

  • A degree in marine policy, environmental policy, marine biology, or a related field
  • An interest in fisheries issues and the ability to work with fishermen and others to achieve common goals
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
  • The ability to manage and implement multiple projects concurrently
  • Dedication to building and maintaining relationships with the members of the MCFA and partner organizations
  • An excellent work ethic and strong attention to details
  • Strong time management skills as much time will be spent working independently
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and accessing web-based information
  • A flexible personality with a good sense of humor
  • Strong experience working with databases

Desired Qualifications:

  • One to three years professional experience working in fisheries or related issues
  • Experience with dynamic project management

This position will require some travel within Maine and the New England region. Due to work demands and project meetings, the ideal candidate will need to be flexible with non-standard work hours.

The Fisheries Projects Manager will be a full-time position based in Brunswick Maine with competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Please submit an electronic application as a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, current résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references. The position will remain open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by Friday, October 16th, 2015. To apply, please send your completed application to:

Ben Martens, Executive Director

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association