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Arming Mother Nature: Environmental Crisis and Human Vulnerability, Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Apr 17, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  Dickinson Hall, Room 211

How did we come to see the earth, and ourselves, as vulnerable? My presentation addresses this question by highlighting some themes from my recent book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism.  The book itself challenges us to consider how much our views of global environmental change come from collaboration between scientists and the military as they planned to fight, and to survive, a third world war. It shows how early plans for biological and radiological weapons helped to normalize work on crop destruction, weather control, climate alteration, and ecosystem disruption. It reveals how imagining a war of this kind stimulated enormous amounts of work on the possibilities of anthropogenic change, and the vulnerability of humans to environmental catastrophes. The book establishes an alternative view of the rise of environmental thought by connecting it explicitly to the collaboration between scientists and the military.  As I wrote in a New York Times op-Ed called “Ecology Lessons from the Cold War,” several of the indispensable aspects of environmental thought—such as biodiversity—were perceived in the 1950s as strategies of surviving a global world war.

As part of my presentation, I will discuss some of the reactions to my argument by scientists, activists, and scholars, as a way of exploring the opportunities and pitfalls within the environmental humanities.

Complex Adaptive Problems in Nature and Society, James R Watson

Apr 21, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.  ·  Wallace Hall, Room 300

James R Watson is a Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award Deadline

Apr 21, 2014  ·  11:55 p.m.11:55 p.m.  ·  Location: N/A

Ph.D. candidates pursuing innovative research on water and water-related topics with implications for the environment are encouraged to apply.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, 1-2 awards in amounts up to $ 8,000 will be available for dissertation support. Funds may be used for a range of purposes including: summer stipend, fieldwork, travel, conference participation, equipment, and other costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The funds cannot be used for tuition support or indirect costs.
Please contact Angela Petsis – apetsis@princeton.edu for the application

PEI Summer Internship Program Pre-Departure Orientation

Apr 25, 2014  ·  11:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m.  ·  Frist Multi-Purpose Room A

PEI Discovery Day

May 9, 2014  ·  11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.  ·  Carl A. Fields Center

You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at the Carl Fields Center for PEI's annual Discovery Day poster session – a celebration highlighting the Senior Thesis work of students
participating in the Program in Environmental Studies and students receiving support from PEI for environmental research.
Posters will be on display from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the lower level of the Carl Fields Center.

Princeton Environmental Institute Environmental Studies Program Class Day 2014

Jun 2, 2014  ·  1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.  ·  Guyot Hall Room 10

Come celebrate the ENV Program's graduating senior class on Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm  in Guyot Hall 10. Reception to follow in the Guyot Hall Atrium.