Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The stand-up Economist here on Thursday!

When was the last time you heard a really good joke about carbon trading?  Too long?  Come see Yoram Bauman, stand-up comedian and UW-trained economist, discussing carbon taxation. It is part of the Huxley College Speaker series and will be in the Communications Facility 125 at 4 PM this Thursday.  Details are here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Some Pictures from the Waste Week Waste Audit of Wilson Library

Today's post is just a shout-out to thank Zero Waste Western, Eco Reps & ResRAP, and Western's Office of Sustainability for their work auditing the trash from Wilson Library last week. Special thanks to Jacob and Inanna as well, and to everyone who is working so hard to help us learn more about the effect of our choices and what we can do to reduce our waste. We look forward to hearing the results of the audit!

Monday, January 20, 2014

More Great Speakers! Fairhaven World Issues Forum

In conjunction with the wonderful Huxley College Speaker Series that Rob posted about last week, which takes place on Thursdays at 4:00pm, Fairhaven College is also hosting a speaker series this quarter focused on topics related to climate change. The World Issues Forum speaker series takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:20 pm.

All events are free and open to the public. Most talks take place in the Fairhaven Auditorium, with a couple of exceptions. There are some really great people coming to campus, and we are fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity to participate in two different series about important topics that affects us all.

Details about this week's talk are below, and for more information on upcoming speakers, check out this link here. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Free speakers on campus!

Take a look at the speakers coming to Huxley College in the next few weeks.  First one is this Thursday!

Winter Quarter 2013

  Date/Time Speaker Talk Title Location
1/16/14, 4pm Jill MacIntyre Witt
"Climate Reality and Divestment"
CF 125
1/22/14, 5pm
David Maisel "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime"
AW 210
1/23/14, 4pm
Emma Norman
"Indigenous Coalition Building and Transboundary Water Governance"
CF 125
1/30/14, 4pm
Yoram Bauman
“The Stand-Up Economist: How Carbon Taxes Can Save the World”
CF 125

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Natural Hazards Observer

Welcome back to the winter quarter!  I hope you are staying warm and dry.

Something interesting popped up in my email this morning: the January issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, a free newsletter from the Natural Hazards Center.  This issue has a lot about flu, Typhoon, Haiyan, and sea level rise, but most interesting to us is probably the 1-page article "Pacific Northwest Quake Could Trigger Giant Landslides."  Something to think about!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kathleen Dean Moore: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

In case you missed this in November, the video of Kathleen Dean Moore's talk at the Whatcom Museum as part of the Vanishing Ice speaker series is now online and totally worth watching. First, she is wonderfully introduced by Western's very own Professor John Miles, and then what follows is a really awesome and inspiring talk about climate change, what people can do, and how to make your life into a work of art by living your values. I have always been a fan of Kathleen Dean Moore's writing, and now I am even more so after watching this. (Also, if you want to read some of her work yourself, check out Western Libraries holdings by searching under her name.)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Biking for Libraries

I was looking for a video on unconferences.  Couldn't find the one I remembered but I stumbled on something better.  A hundred librarians from around the world held an unconference on bicycles, pedaling from Denmark to Germany, and conversing about the future of libraries every evening.  Is that cool, or what?