Mellon Initiative

Global Climate Change Panel Discussion

Location: 
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Date: 
March 22, 2011 4:15pm

As part of the week of climate : CHANGE events, guest Foster Brown joins Clarkson professor Susan Powers and St. Lawrence University professor Aileen O'Donoghue for a panel discussion on global climate change.

A long-time resident of Brazil, Dr. Brown currently resides in Rio Blanco, Acre.  His academic field is environmental science, and his specialty is climate change and land use in southwestern Amazonia.  He is a senior scientist attached to the Woods Hole Research Center, Massachusetts.  He also holds a position in the graduate program of ecology and natural resource management at the Federal University of Acre.  He has helped organize education, civil defense, and human rights initiatives in the trinational MAP region, named from the contiguous political units of Madre de Dios, Peru; Acre, Brazil; and Pando, Bolivia.  Most recently, he had advised the Acre State Government on climate change and reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) at the United Nations Climate Change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun.  He was a panelist at the People's Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia.  For several years he has worked with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin to preserve their culture and livelihood from the threat of deforestation by large-scale agricultural interests.  Dr. Brown is the son of former St. Lawrence University President Foster S. Brown. 

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The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Movie presentation: ‘Secrets of the Tribe’

Location: 
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Date: 
March 21, 2011 9:30pm

Associated with the week of climate : CHANGE events, ‘Secrets of the Tribe' will be shown.  It is part of a festival of films dealing with social and environmental issues.  All films were produced by University Trustee Sarah Johnson Redlich.

From Documentary Educational Resources website:

"The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomamö Indians. In the 1960s and '70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this "virgin" society untouched by modern life. Thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting.

The origins of violence and war and the accuracy of data gathering are hotly debated among the scholarly clan. Soon these disputes take on Heart of Darkness overtones as they descend into shadowy allegations of sexual and medical violation.

Director José Padilha brilliantly employs two provocative strategies to raise unsettling questions about the boundaries of cultural encounters. He allows professors accused of heinous activities to defend themselves, and the Yanomami to represent their side of the story. As this riveting excavation deconstructs anthropology's colonial legacy, it challenges our society's myths of objectivity and the very notion of "the other."

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The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. 

'The Politics of Climate Change: Innovative Legal Justice Advocacy’

Location: 
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Date: 
March 21, 2011 7:30pm

As part of the week of climate : CHANGE events, guest Michele Roberts will give a talk on 'The Politics of Climate Change: Innovative Legal Justice Advocacy'.

Michele Roberts is the Campaign & Policy Coordinator for Advocates for Environmental Human Rights based in Washington, DC since 1990.  Ms. Roberts has provided technical assistance and advocacy support to communities regarding the impacts of toxins on human health and the environment.  Ms. Roberts is also a spoken word artist, who created Arts Slam @ SsAMS, a community-based arts program.  Ms. Roberts received an M.A. from the University of Delaware, and a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University.  Ms. Roberts has co-authored reports on environmental justice issues.  Her advocacy work has been featured in televisions, print news, and magazines. 

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The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Environmental Justice and Advocacy Panel Discussion

Location: 
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Date: 
March 21, 2011 4:15pm

As part of the week of climate : CHANGE events, guest Michele Roberts joins St. Lawrence professors Jon Rosales and Chris Buck for a panel discussion on environmental justice and advocacy.

Michele Roberts is the Campaign & Policy Coordinator for Advocates for Environmental Human Rights based in Washington, DC since 1990.  Ms. Roberts has provided technical assistance and advocacy support to communities regarding the impacts of toxins on human health and the environment.  Ms. Roberts is also a spoken word artist, who created Arts Slam @ SsAMS, a community-based arts program.  Ms. Roberts received an M.A. from the University of Delaware, and a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University.  Ms. Roberts has co-authored reports on environmental justice issues.  Her advocacy work has been featured in televisions, print news, and magazines. 

See the full schedule of events for the week or print a PDF copy of the schedule.

The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The Science of Climate Change, Hot Chocolate and Trash Art

Location: 
Winston Room, Student Center
Date: 
March 21, 2011 12:00pm
The week of climate: CHANGE events opens with a talk on ‘the Science of Climate Change' by Professor Jon Rosales in the Winston room of the Sullivan Student center at 12pm.

This will be followed by a free hot chocolate and cupcake social in front of the student center, where Thea Alvin, artist in residence for the event, will be building arches and structures on campus from recycled materials. Thea will be on campus all week highlighting the philosophy of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in her building work.

See the full schedule of events for the week or print a PDF copy of the schedule.

The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

climate : CHANGE

A week-long series of talks and events on the theme of

will take place at St. Lawrence University from March 21st to 25th. All of the events are open to the public.

The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.  A poster competition for local middle and high schools on the issues of climate change is being sponsored St. Lawrence County's Environmental Management Council

A festival of films dealing with social and environmental issues produced by University Trustee Sarah Johnson Redlich will also run during the week, culminating with the North Country premiere of ‘The Last Mountain', featuring Bobby Kennedy Jr.

See the full schedule of events or print a PDF copy of the schedule.

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