Fall 2022 Sustainability Talks

Sunflower and pumpkinFor many years, the Mitchell Center has hosted an innovative Sustainability Talks series during the fall and spring semesters. The goal of these talks is to provide students, faculty, and interested citizens with opportunities to learn about: 1) the multi-faceted nature of sustainability problems; 2) the value of connecting different forms of knowledge and know-how in efforts to understand and solve such problems; and 3) the ways in which partnerships between universities and diverse stakeholders can facilitate efforts to identify and implement useful solutions.

All talks are Mondays at 3pm and are available via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. For Zoom attendees, registration is required for each talk. Please go to individual event pages to register. Many talks are recorded and can be found on our YouTube site after the event.

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September 12
Creative Ecologies and the Aesthetics of Climate Justice
T.J. Demos, Professor and Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture; Director, Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz

September 19
How Can We Be Honest Brokers in an Honestly Broken System?
Sonja Birthisel, Director, The Wilson Center, University of Maine

September 26
Out of Our Depth: Interdisciplinary science for marine mammal conservation
Kristina Cammen, Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

October 3
Training the next generation of leaders to solve complex societal problems: The important role of internships
Jessica Jansujwicz, Assistant Director for Research, Maine Sea Grant and Student Interns

October 17
The Biden-Harris Agenda for Climate and Justice: Huge Challenges, Endless Opportunities
David Cash, Regional Administrator, EPA New England

October 24
TBA

October 31
Title: TBA
Hannah Carter, Dean, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

November 7
How can community-engaged researchers contribute to coastal community resilience?
Heather Leslie, Director, UMaine Darling Marine Center

November 14
Wabanaki Plant Gathering in Acadia National Park: Mobilizing Indigenous Knowledge to restore traditional sweet grass harvesting
Suzanne Greenlaw, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine

November 21
Title: TBA
Lisa Margonelli, Senior Editor, Issues in Science and Technology

November 28
Title: TBA
Roger Milliken, Chair of the Board, Baskahegan Company