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Global Environment Speaker Series

Each year the Department of Geography & the Environment, the Environmental Studies Program and International Studies Program partner to bring noteworthy speakers and scholars to Richmond to present lectures related to our global environment. All events are free and open to the public. Funding is also provided by the Class of 1992 Environmental Awareness Endowment.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Dr. David Salisbury
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Richmond
"Assassinations in the Amazon: Mapping Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene"
International Center Commons
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Francois Gutu Kia Zimi
Associate Professor, Development Economics, Université Pédagogique Nationale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
"Space, Vegetation and Community: The Case of Kinshasa"
Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
6:30 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the African Film Fest

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Dorothy L. Hodgson
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Graduate School–New Brunswick and Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
"Busting Myths about China’s Overseas Development Program in Africa With New Data"
Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
4:30 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the African Film Fest

There are also several films that may be of interest during the African Film Weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 1.  Please check the schedule for information on the films, as well as locations and times.

African Film Weekend

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
George Pangburn
Senior Executive, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Retired
"Siting of Controversial Facilities"
Gottwald Auditorium
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Abigail Abrash Walton
Professor, Environmental Studies, Antioch University; Founder of ActionWorks
"Change Leadership for a Changing Climate"
Gottwald Auditorium
5:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Stephen Nash
Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Journalism Department, University of Richmond
"Grand Canyon for Sale: Public Lands vs Private Interests"
International Center Commons
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Stuart Marks
Animal Ecologist and Cultural Anthropologist
“Culture, History, and Politics: the Conservation Dilemma in southern Africa”
Gottwald Auditorium
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Jessica Hellmann
Director, Insititue on the Environment, Russell M & Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, University of Minnesota
"The past, present and future of climate change adaptation, in biodiversity and people too"
Gottwald Auditorium
5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Gary Machlis
Former Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service and Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Clemson University
"The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water"
Academic Learning Commons at Virginia Commonwealth University (MCALC 2100)
1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA
4:00 p.m.
Book signing following 6:30-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble 5501 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
Special Co-Sponsorship with the VCU Center for Environmental Studies


Please contact Todd Lookingbill for questions, directions, or complete details. Maps and directions to campus are available online.

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive information about the upcoming lectures, please contact Nancy Propst.