Public Lectures Hosted by Social Science

Brown Bag Lecture Series, Fall 2014

Brown Bag PosterThe Brown Bag Lecture Series is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and interested others. Bring your brown bag lunch, a drink, relax, and enjoy hearing and discussing current research by faculty in the School of Social Sciences at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.

  • September 23, 2014: Alexis Boutin, Anthropology. Title: "Using Ethnography to Explore Bioarchaeology’s Disciplinary Divide"
  • October 7, 2014: Laura Watt, Environmental Studies and Planning. Title: “Landscape History of the King Range National Conservation Area, aka the Lost Coast”
  • October 21, 2014: Don Romesberg, Women’s and Gender Studies. Title: “Instrumentalism and Other Perverse Pleasures of Early 20th-Century American Adolescence”
  • November 4, 2014: Peter Phillips, Sociology. Title: “Law Enforcement Related Deaths in the US: ‘Justified Homicides’ and the Impacts on Families”
  • November 18, 2014: Daniel Soto, Environmental Studies and Planning. Title: “Quantifying Electricity Needs and Benefits in Unelectrified Communities”


Environmental Forum, Fall 2014

The Environmental Forum, offered each Fall semester is open to everyone. The forum features game-changing speaking, on a wide range of topics, from across our campus an community. Please join us for engaging, inspiring and empowering talks about the environmental challenges we all share as well as the great work underway to address these challenges in our own area. Hosted by the Enviromental Studies & Planning Department and held in Warren Auditorium, Thursdays 12:00-12:50.

  • August 21, 2014: PLANNING: WHAT IT IS AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Tom Jacobson JD, MCP, AICP, Professor, ENSP Learn why our department believes that effective planning is a critical tool for big cities, small towns, and open space, as well as healthy and sustainable communities.
  • August 28, 2014: SSU PRESERVES: THE OTHER SSU CAMPUSES Suzanne DeCoursey Education Manager, SSU Preserves: Did you know that our campus runs several preserves? SSU Preserves provide lands, facilities, databases, and programs that inspire participation, collaboration, and innovation in education and research.
  • September 4, 2014: INTERSECTIONS OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT Daniel Soto Ph.D., Assistant Professor, ENSP Energy use is fundamental to our way of life.This talk will examine the ways that our energy system intersects with our water, atmosphere,
    agricultural systems and health.
  • September 11, 2014: HEALTHY FOOD FOR ALL Suzi Grady Program Director, Petaluma Bounty Petaluma Bounty is a community-based non-profit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors.
  • September 18, 2014: ECOLOGICAL HANDPRINTS Rocky Rohwedder Ph.D., Professor, ENSP Ecological Handprints are ecologically-sound means for combating poverty. Based on his TEDx talk, Professor Rohwedder will present a range of projects from around the world that lift humanity while lowering our ecological handprint.
  • September 25, 2014: HELPING COMMUNITIES EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY Cyane Dandridge Executive Director, Strategic Energy Innovations By educating youth, engaging government agencies around policy and systemic change, and creating new job opportunities, we can — through innovation, education and implemetation — dramatically shift our climate crisis.
  • October 2, 2014: LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY Douglas Gayeton Author and Artist You can’t change the world if you don’t know what the words mean. That’s why a movement is
    underway to define and empower the key ideas behind sustainability, aided by a range of digital art and tools now available to us.
  • October 9, 2014: LANDPATHS: STEP INTO THE OUTSIDE Craig Anderson Executive Director LandPaths’ mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value and assist in healing the land in their local communities.
  • October 16, 2014: SUSTAINABLE SSU Paul Draper Ph.D., Professor, Drama,SSU Director of Sustainability Learn about Do One Thing Today (DOTT),the wide variety of efforts underway to promote sustainability on our campus, as well as new opportunities to help create a more sustainable campus.
  • October 23, 2014: WHY LANDSCAPE HISTORY MATTERS Laura Watt Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, ENSP Regardless of your area of specialization, environmental history can provide essential insight into how and why current-day environmental problems developed, which can be key to understand how to develop effective solutions for moving forward.
  • October 30, 2014: FROM MOUNTAINS TO MARSHES Julian Meisler Baylands Program Manager, Sonoma Land Trust Land Trusts are an increasing popular conservation option. This talk will highlight the work of the Sonoma Land Trust and their emphasis on local conservation projects.
  • November 6, 2014: CAN BUSINESS PROTECT AND REVITALIZE THE PLANET? Robert Girling Ph.D., Professor, Business and Economics Dr. Girling will discuss his book, The Good Com­pany, and how a group of diverse companies like Eileen Fisher, Traditional Medicinals and Google have built profitable business models while serving the community and healing the planet.
  • November 13, 2014: CLIMATE LEADERSHIP: SONOMA AND BEYOND Ann Hancock Climate Protection Campaign This talk will focus on how to inspire, align and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. Our local campaign helps business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.
  • November 20, 2014: TOWARD A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY Geof Syphers Executive Director, Sonoma Clean Power This talk highlights Sonoma Clean Power, the new, locally controlled electricity provider in Sonoma County, and how they provide environmentally friendly power at competitive rates.
  • December 4, 2014: GLASMEIER STUDENT FELLOWS Colleen Dailey and Heather Wacker ENSP Students Each year our department offers a research fellowship sponsored by Dr. Amy Glasmeier, ENSP alumni and current Chair of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. This talk will feature the work of this year’s Glasmeier Fellows.