Environmental Studies Earth Issues Seminars

Coordinated by the Environmental Studies Department, Earth Issues is a series of public lectures and discussions on topics within the fields of Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. The seminars are designed to complement the Environmental Studies curriculum by encouraging students to engage in discussion of current environmental issues, practice life-long learning, and build a sense of academic community.


If you are a student, faculty member, alumnus or professional in the field of environmental studies or environmental science, and you are interested in presenting an Earth Issues Seminar, please let us know. To volunteer as a student host, suggest topics for future seminars, RSVP, or for more information email the Environmental Studies Technician.

Earth Issues Seminar Series - Fall 2017


9/6 - Department Mixer with Leo's ice cream and Rita's italian ice. Kaufman Greenhouse Patio at 4:30 pm.

9/28 - Deirdre Lally, Shale Gas Organizer for the Clean Air Council, Philadelphia's oldest environmental non-profit organization. "Pipelines in Pennsylvania: The natural gas industry's impacts from cradle to grave, and how Pennsylvania can work towards survival." Kaufman Hall 179 at 12:00 pm.


10/12 - Environmental Studies/Science Advising Session. Kaufman Hall 179 at 12:00 pm.


11/2 - Ezra Thrush, Campaign Manager at PennFuture in Harrisburg, PA. "Water Justice in Pennsylvania." Kaufman Hall 179 at 12:00 pm.

11/16 - Cindy Baur, Dickinson College Farm Apprentice. "Food Action in the Community." Kaufman Hall 179 at 12:00 pm.

11/30 - Student Research Presentations. Kaufman Hall 179 at 12:00 pm.

Past Earth Issues

Spring 2017


2/16 - Andrew Stuhl, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bucknell University. "Unfreezing the Artic: Why History Should Guide our Responses to Global Climate Change." Stern Great Room at 12:00 pm


3/2 - Study Abroad Panel Discussion. Kaufman Hall 179

3/21 - Madhu Dutta, Post-Doctoral fellow at Penn State's Center for Global Labor. "Labor Justice, Gender, and Environmental Health." Social Hall West at 12:00 pm.


4/13 - Environmental Studies and Science Majors Alumni Panel. Kaufman Hall 179.

4/20 - Student Research Presentations. Kaufman 179 at 12:00 p.m. 

4/27 - Student Research Presentations. Kaufman 179 at 12:00 p.m. 

Fall 2016 


September 8 - Clarke Forum: "The World that Food Made", with Raj Patel, Award-winning writer, activist, and academic. Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 pm. This event is co-sponsored with the Churchill Fund, First Year Seminars, the Center for Sustainability Education and the Departments of International Business & Management, Anthropology & Archaeology and the Program in Policy Studies

September 16 - Welcome Back Ice Cream Social. Kaufman 178 and Greenhouse Lobby, 4:30-6:00 pm. 

September 22 - "Using Mercury to Trace the Timing and Cause of Earth's Fourth Mass Extinction", with Aly Thibodeau, Assitant Professor of Earth Sciences. Kaufman 179, 12:00-1:00 pm.


October 6 - "Pipeline Perils in Pennsylvania:Contested Natural Gas Fracking and Transportation Presentation and Poster Interaction", with Heather Bedi, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and Daniella Aldrich ('19). Stern 102, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

October 10 - Clark Forum: "Eating While Black: A Case Study on Food Shaming and Policing" with Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Stern Center Great Room, 7:00 pm.This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Sustainability Education, the Department of English, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Departments of American Studies,  Africana Studies, Anthropology & Archaeology.

October 20 -  Advising Session. Denny 317, 12:00 - 1:00 pm. 

October 27 - "Understanding the Chesapeake: The Role of Community Monitoring" with Julie Vastine, Director of ALLARM. Kaufman 178, 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

October 27 - Clarke Forum: "Native Harvest: The Politics, Health, Culture and Economics of Food" with Winona LaDuke, program director of Honor the Earth. Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 pm. This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Sustainability Education, the Churchill Fund and the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Anthropology & Archaeology.


December 1 - Student Research Presentations. K178, 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

Spring 2016


2/18 - "A Climate Action Pland for the Dickinson College Farm," with Matt Steiman, Assistant Manager Dickinson College Farm, and Ken Shultes, Associate VP for Sustainability and Facilities Planning. Kaufman 178, 12:00 p.m.

2/25 - "Radical Food Systems: Engagement, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurshi," with Ashlee O. Dugan, PA Preferred Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Althouse 106, 12:00 p.m.. This event is co-sponsored with the Anthropology and Sociology Departments.

2/29 - "Climate Change, Forestry, and Indigenous Peoples in Cameroon," with Samuel Nnah Ndobe, Center for the Environment and Development. HUB side rooms 204-205, 12:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Global Education and the Office of Student Life.


3/24 - "Climate Change and Our Coastlines: What to Do with the Extra Carbon?", with Tom Arnold, Chair of the Environmental Studies Department and Professor of Biology. Kaufman 178, 12:00 p.m.

4/31 - "The Nature Conservancy's Terrestrial Resilience Dataset & Applications to Land Management in the Central Appalachians", with Sarah Johnson, Conservation GIS Specialist, and Rachel Ralls, Conservation Lands Data Manage/GIS Specialist, Kaufman 178 12:00 p.m. 


4/28 - David Bernard, Founder of The Global CO2 Initiative, Althouse 106 at 7:00 p.m.  

4/26 - Senior Research Presentations, Kaufman 178 at 12:00 p.m. 

4/28 - Senior Research Presentations, Kaufman 178 at 12:00 p.m. 

Fall 2015


9/16 - "Shale Gas and Oil Development", with Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University,  Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored with the Clarke Forum.   


10/1 - "Urbanatural Roosting: a Student and a Professor Collaborate", presented by Kerin Maguire and Ash Nichols, Professor of English and Environmental Studies, Dickinson College, Kaufman 178 at noon. 

10/6 - "Actions Between Territories", with Christopher Cozier, Caribbean Visual Artist, Weiss Center for the Arts (RM 235) at 7:00 p.m.  This event is co-sponsored with the Africana Studies Department.  

10/13 - Egbert Leigh Lecture, Botanist with National Geographic, Denny 317 at 5:00 p.m.  This event is co-sponsored with the departments of Earth Sciences and English.

10/29 - "Climate Change and Our Coastlines:  What to do with extra carbon?", with Tom Arnold, Professor of Biology, Dickinson College, Kaufman 178 at noon.   *THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS DATE*


11/10 - "How Does Urbanization affect Stream Chemistry?", with Joel Moore, Towson University, Hub Social Hall at 12:05 p.m. This event is co-sponsored with the Earth Sciences Department. 

11/12 - "Long-term ecological responses to increasing dissolved organic matter in small temperate lakes", Lesley Knoll, Director of Research and Education, Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, PA, Kaufman 178 at noon.


12/10 - Senior Independent Research - Mid Year Presentations, Kaufman 178 at noon.