National Academy of the Sciences: Susan Solomon: A Brief History of Environmental Success
Wednesday, April 11 7:00 PM
Searles Science Building 315
Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. This talk reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges. Solomon probes how the lessons learned help us understand how to better manage today’s environmental problems, including climate change.
Traces of the Past: William Bradford’s Arctic Photography and the Framing of History
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
This lecture by George Philip LeBourdais, Stanford University, will explore images from a groundbreaking expedition to the Arctic, organized by the American marine painter William Bradford in the summer of 1869. Depicting icebergs, polar bears, and Kalaallit Inuit peoples, these photographs taken by John Dunmore and George Critcherson were later compiled in a sumptuous book titled The Arctic Regions. LeBourdais will suggest that this seemingly-remote subject matter framed important issues in American culture at the time. They reveal the responsibility artists felt to clarify our relationship to nature—and more broadly to find humanity’s place in natural history—even as the coherence of America’s national landscape eroded under the strain of Civil War, shifting attitudes about race, and new technologies that claimed to annihilate time and space. Such images and insights remain poignant today, as climate change rewrites our relationship with the Arctic and the ice that defines it.
Godzilla’ as Harrier and Harbinger: Rethinking the Post-Atomic in the Pacific Region, with Roland Kelts and Shuzo Shiota
Friday, April 13 2:00
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
Since 1954, the Godzilla franchise has entertained and fascinated a global audience. Now, with the ongoing nuclear cleanup efforts in the northeast regions of Japan, protests of the restarting of shuttered reactors at power plants, and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) being sent over Japan by North Korea, more than ever, the Godzilla franchise has the power to lead audiences to think critically about these pressing concerns.
In this talk, Roland Kelts and Shuzo Shiota explore how Godzilla represents a variety of nuclear-related concerns, from the first A-bombings of Japan to nuclear testing, constant fears of nuclear proliferation, and questioning the careless use of unstable technology.
Kelts is a journalist who covers many aspects of Japanese popular culture, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Culture has Invaded the US, and 2016 Nieman fellow at Harvard. Shiota is head of Polygon Studios in Tokyo, where the animation for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first animated version of Godzilla, was created
“Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law
Monday, April 16 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Professor Law investigates traditional intentional religious communities as keepers of marginalized forms of knowledge about ecological sustainability. She discusses the Lokshala movement, which follows Gandhian principles to promote agricultural self-sufficiently.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby- Bath-Brunswick Monthly meeting
Tuesday, April 11 6:00 PM
Seminar room at the Curtis Memorial Library
Plesant St., Brunswick
Who: Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
What: Rewilding the East
When: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm
Where: Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick
Join John Davis, Executive Director of The Rewilding Institute as he speaks of and shows us the need for a continental-scale Eastern Wildway—an extensive wildlife corridor linking eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This is the seventh presentation of the 21st Friends of Merrymeeting Bay winter speaker series. The event takes place 7pm in the Morrill Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 11.
The Eastern Wildway contains some of North America’s most beloved national parks, preserves, scenic rivers, and other wild places, from the wilderness of Quebec, the Adirondacks, and the Shenandoah Valley, to the Great Smoky Mountains and Everglades National Park. Protecting and expanding these and other key core areas is crucial to rewilding the East. This Wildway traverses a wide array of eco-regions and climates, arctic to tropical. An equally broad diversity of wildlife inhabits these eco-regions, including wolves, cougars, American martens, and other native carnivores. Many resident plants, birds, fish, salamanders, and butterflies are found nowhere else on Earth—particularly those in the southeastern U.S., recently identified as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
The Eastern Wildway Network (EWN) is building a strong coalition of conservation organizations, academic institutions, and state and federal agencies to map conservation and land acquisition priorities in the East. Key to success is EWN’s outreach strategy addressing the importance of large-landscape conservation and the need to restore apex carnivores. EWN hopes to incorporate these ideas into law and policy, and most importantly, to inspire more conservation activity on-the-ground.
Long-distance conservation athlete, John Davis, cofounded Wildlands Network 25 years ago and served as editor of Wild Earth for several years. His current priorities as Executive Director of The Rewilding Institute include advocating for carnivore recovery and critical wildlife corridors through outreach and ultra-trekking. An avid naturalist, John spent much of his childhood exploring eastern forests, having grown up in a family devoted to the natural world. He has also been greatly influenced by conservation mentors, especially deep ecologists Dave Foreman and Michael Soulé. With sponsorship and guidance from Wildlands Network, Rewilding Institute, and other conservation partners, John completed TrekEast in 2011 (Florida-Quebec) and TrekWest (Mexico-B.C.) in 2013.
A Short Symposium celebrating the career of John Lichter
Thursday, April 5 4:00-5:30 PM
John Lichter is an ecosystem ecologist who began his research career by studying the mechanisms underlying plant succession and forest development on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan. Since then, he has investigated the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on forest productivity and carbon sequestration with colleagues at Duke University and other institutions. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, he began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay and the lower Kennebec estuary. This work was expanded to link Maine’s rivers and estuaries with the nearshore marine ecosystems to better understand ecological recovery and the ecological and social constraints preventing further recovery of these once bountiful ecosystems.
With collaborators, Lichter works with undergraduate students to provide vital information for the restoration and sound management of Maine’s waterways and coastal fisheries.
This short symposium will feature talks by David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University; Anne Hayden, program manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet and Adjunct Lecturer, Bowdoin College; and William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.
A reception will follow the symposium in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.
Sketching Science: Scientific Communication Through Social Media with Ernesto Llamas
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Dr. Ernesto Llamas created the Journal of Sketching Science, which aims to increase the visibility and impact of scientific research through accurate and attractive illustrations. Using social media, Sketching Science has reached nearly 400,000 followers and publishes almost every week. This talk will feature how illustrations helped explain his Ph.D. research, what it means to make science viral in social networks, and his recent collaboration with international scientists and artists.
Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry
Before the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr. Llamas from 5-6PM in Thorne Mitchell South.