The CEES Colloquium Series was designed in Fall 2018 as an informal, internal seminar series that allows our 120+ affiliates from across the college to gather and share updates on current research, academic writings, courses and more. After just one semester, the weekly colloquium was reported by affiliates as one of the most valuable opportunities that CEES offers. The series is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. During weeks in which department seminars or university events focus on energy, environment, or sustainability, we will promote those events. Coffee is provided and the company is great. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. You can drop in each week or keep your eye on the schedule for specific topics that pique your interest. Questions or ideas? Would you like to present? Contact Erin Stephens at

Fall 2019 Schedule

The CEES Colloquium Series will take place weekly on Mondays from 12:00 – 1:00pm in Tribble A204, unless otherwise noted.

Notes: This semester we envision that the colloquium series can serve as a space for informal, topical conversations in addition to seminars and presentations guided by colleagues. These opportunities are marked on the schedule as “Topical Group Discussions.” For any listed SSRS sessions, please email Andrius Galisanka at for the speaker’s paper in progress. 

Date  Speaker Topic
Monday, Sept. 9 Michael Lamb Hope and Climate Change: Lessons from Wendell Berry (Please read Michael’s paper Wendell Berry’s Difficult Hope in advance)
Monday, Sept. 16 Topical Group Discussion Discussion on Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker article: What if we stopped pretending the climate apocalypse can be stopped?
Monday, Sept. 23 Lisa Blee Treaty Trees: How trees were commemorated by settlers as witnesses to the foundations of political relations with indigenous people
Monday, Sept. 30 Joelle Muhlemann Vidi Taking the Heat Out of Heat Stress: How plants defend themselves against climate change
SSRS: Thursday, Oct. 3 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202 Mark Peterson (Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Back to the Future: Sustainability in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
Monday, Oct. 7 NONE Join a book discussion on the topic of The Uninhabitable Earth on 10/8 from 4:00-5:00pm or 10/9 from 12:00-1:00pm. Both discussions will be held in ZSR 477. Register here.
Monday, Oct. 14 Nathan Peifer Campus as Lab: Opportunities for incorporating sustainability in your classroom through engaged projects
Monday, Oct. 21 Tom Frank Experimental colleges as pathbreakers in sustainability action
SSRS: Thursday, Oct. 24 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202 Miles Silman Illegal and Informal Economies, Gold Mining, Uncontacted Indigenous Peoples, and Conservation: Managing people on the Amazonian frontier
Monday, Oct. 28 Stan Meiburg State-Federal Relationships in Environmental Protection 
Monday, Nov. 4 Christopher Jackson Picking the poison: assessing the rhetoric of choice in B.C. carbon pricing debates
SSRS: Thursday, Nov. 14 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202 Mark Curtis Understanding Industrial Enegy Efficiency: The role of prices, management, and onsite generation
Monday, Nov. 18 | 7:30 PM | Byrum Welcome Center NONE We encourage you to attend “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity” with award-winning biologist, Dr. Sean B. Carroll. The talk will begin at 7:30pm on 11/18 in Byrum Welcome Center. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Monday, Nov. 25 Norm Fraley The State and Future of Biofuels
Monday, Dec. 2 NONE Enjoy the last week of classes.


Spring 2019 

Date/Location Type Speaker Topic RSVP
Thursday, January 31 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206 Presentation and Discussion John Knox “The Human Right to a Healthy Environment” RSVP
Thursday, February 7  from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206 Presentation and Discussion Dr. Joel Tauber “Environmentalism and the Arts” RSVP
Week of February 18 – 22. Various opportunities to engage with Carl Safina. No Colloquium Carl Safina Writing Beyond Words: Perspectives on Earth and Humanity  RSVP
Thursday, February 28 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206 Presentation and Discussion Justin Catanoso COP24 Recap: Is the Annual UN Climate Summit Still Effective? RSVP

Fall 2018

Date/Location Type Speaker Topic RSVP
Monday, September 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. Presentation and Discussion Dr. Rob Erhardt The Nexus of Climate Data, Adaptive Capacity and Insurance n/a
Monday, September 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. Round Table Discussion Dr. Michael Lamb Ethics for Climate Change Communicators n/a
Monday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. Byrum Welcome Center. Partner Event Dr. Dava Newman Exploring Space for Earth: Earth’s Vital Signs Revealed n/a
Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 pm. Olin 101. Partner Event: Physics Colloquium Dr. Lauren Lowman Adaptive Modeling of Vegetation Green-up and Die-off Responses to Extreme Weather n/a
Monday, October 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. Presentation and Discussion Kristen Haaf Addressing Community Environmental Issues through Green Infrastructure  RSVP
Wednesday, October 17 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Winston 232. Partner Event: Eco Lunch Dr. Christopher Zarzar Drones and Modeling n/a
Thursday, October 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Kirby 202. Partner Event: Social Science Research Seminar Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui “An Empire of Morals: Or the Decolonization of the Cosmopolitan Imaginary” n/a
Wednesday, October 24 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Olin 101. Partner Event: Co-Sponsored Physics and Chemistry Colloquium Dr. Ilias Belharouak, Distinguished Scientist and Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory “Science and Technology Drivers in Batteries for Renewables Energy & Mobility Applications” n/a
Monday, October 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. Round Table Discussion Dr. Sid Shapiro “Social Justice in a Green Economy” RSVP
Monday, October 29 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Winston 126 Partner Event: Biology Seminar Series Stephen Long, University of Illinois “Engineering photosynthesis for global food security. Why, how, and will you let me do it?” n/a
Monday, November 5 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. Presentation and Discussion Dr. Stephanie Friede “Atmospheric Pressure: Transforming Air into Power in Southern Mexico” RSVP
Monday, November 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307. TBD Dr. Rowie Kirby Straker “Incorporating Sustainability into the classroom” RSVP
Tuesday, November 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Winston Hall Atrium Partner Event: Exhibit Opening and Reception Dr. Pat Lord and FYS students “Outbreaks: Epidemics in a Connected World” from Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History n/a
Monday, November 19 No Colloquium – Thanksgiving Holidays
Monday, November 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Winston 125. Partner Event: Biology Seminar Series John Bruno, UNC Chapel Hill “The Role of Temperature as a Process Regulator in Marine Communities” n/a
Thursday, November 29 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Kirby 202. Partner Event: Social Science Research Seminar Dr. David Phillips “Resilient Urban Coastal Landscapes: New Community Relationships with Water” n/a