Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) will speak in two sessions at the upcoming Centennial celebration of John Dewey’s classic Democracy and Education, first published in 1916. In one presentation, Steve will criticize the increasing industrialization and corporatization of American education, and in another talk he will explore the importance of public philosophy in a democracy. Full details of the April 7-8 event in Washington, D.C. are available on the John Dewey Society website at http://www.johndeweysociety.org/conferences/2016-washington-d-c/de-centennial/.
In his role as the Regional Coordinator Author (North America) specializing in adaptive governance, resilience, and ecosystem services and management, Prof. Jacob Park (business) participated in a high level policy workshop in Washington DC on March 21-22 to discuss the next stage of the United Nations Environment Program’s Global Environment Outlook 6 initiative. To learn more about the project, visit http://www.unep.org/geo.
This spring break, natural resources management prof. Valorie Titus and eight GMC students including Julia Allen ’19, Anya Beale ’18, Torie Cowell ’16, Tynazha Jones ’17, Sarah Lucas ’17, Megan Muller ’16, Jacob Phillips ’16, and Kaitlin Phillips ’16 travelled to South Carolina’s Francis Marion National Forest for a second year of volunteering. Working with biologists from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, USFS, and South Carolina DNR, students in the Southeastern Ecology Field Trip class participated in a week-long search for herpetological fauna and conducted small mammal trapping. The class uncovered some interesting data on the habitat preferences of some small mammals, including the Hispid Cotton Rat, and documented a slew of important (and rare) reptile and amphibian species. The students even added an important snake to the study, an Eastern Pine Snake, now fitted with a radio transmitter and lovingly named “Theodore.” This snake will be monitored for the next few years and will provide much needed ecological data for the proper management of the fragile Longleaf Pine systems of South Carolina. We look forward to heading back to help again next year, so if you’re interested in going, stay tuned!
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies), has published a feature essay in Edge Effects, the online journal of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Culture, History, and the Environment. This article, “Notes from the Great Transition,” reflects on balancing his hopes as the father of a young son with the challenges of preparing adults for the uncertainties of a changing world through GMC‘s new graduate program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities. “Notes from the Great Transition” is available here.
Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) just had his chapter “The Right to Privacy Is Dying: Technology Is Killing It and We Are Letting It Happen,” published in Ethical Issues and Citizen Rights in the Era of Digital Government Surveillance (February 2016). This chapter explores the erosion of the right to privacy through the advances in technology. The chapter concludes with predictions about possible paths the United States can take to rectify the imbalance created by this erosion of privacy. Read the chapter here.
Prof. Vance Jackson (psychology) will present a program titled “Changing Minds” as part of the local Science Pub series on March 6 at 4 p.m. at the Iron Lantern in Castleton. Persuasion is central to so many areas of our lives, from politics and marketing to personal relationships. Vance discusses the science behind the art of persuasion. He will present different models of persuasion, touch on the psychology behind each, and give us tips for improving our own persuasive skills. The Science Pub series, organized by Castleton Free Library Friends, is a free gathering of people curious to hear short, informal lectures by local experts.
Professors Chris Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) and Jacob Park (environmental studies) had their paper published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. The paper is titled, “Local Flood Resiliency in an Era of Global Climate Change: Understanding the Multi-Sectoral Policy Dimensions.”
Mike Blust, professor emeritus and research associate for GMC, recently published “The Odonata of Vermont” with co-author Bryan Pfeiffer in the Bulletin of Odonatology (Volume 11, Number 3-4, November 2015). It is a profile of the diversity and distribution of the 142 species of dragonflies and damselflies found in Vermont. Much of the information in the monograph has also been used as part of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Vermont Atlas of Life project.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy and environmental studies) presented two papers at the January 2016 meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Washington, DC. He presented “Beyond the Industrial Imagination in American Education” at the John Dewey Society session, and he was a respondent to papers by Philip Kitcher, Todd Lekan, and Casey Haskins at an “author meets critics” session devoted to his new book Dewey.
The photographs of prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) appear in three different shows, in three different countries this winter. The Nepal Earthquake Summit, sponsored by The John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College, focuses on the response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Kevin will co-host “Round Table Discussion: Narratives of Disaster” from 5-6 p.m. on February 18 at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth where some of his photos are on display. Kevin is also a featured artists in the group show “Anonymous: Urban Life in Contemporary Photography” at the Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 27-May 1. The exhibition explores the expression of individuality in often impersonal urban settings. Finally, Kevin is also exhibiting as part of “Point of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies” at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, Canada, from January 30-March 27.