There are several lectures that will be held around campus this week that may be of interest to geographers. Scott Doney will discuss the impacts of fossil fuel use and other human activities on the fishing industry; Poet Elizabeth Alexander, who recited the poem ‘Praise Song for the Day’ and the inauguration of President Barack Obama, will speak on issues of race in American culture; and writer/activist Eli Clare will discuss issues related to disability.
“Do the Dollars Make Cents? Economic Impacts of Acidification on Fisheries”
WHEN: Thursday, January 27, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
WHERE: 102 Fishery Sciences
SPEAKER: Scott Doney, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
OTHER INFORMATION: Many valuable commercial fisheries and aquaculture facilities harvest ocean shellfish (e.g., clams, scallops) and crustaceans (e.g., lobsters, crabs) that form calcium carbonate shells. These animals, along with corals, may be particularly sensitive to changes in seawater chemistry driven by human fossil fuel use. Finfish may also be affected indirectly owing to loss of prey and habitat. Ocean acidification impacts could decrease future fishing revenues and harm communities that depend economically and culturally on marine resources. Further social and economic impacts also could arise from reductions in tourism and recreational values and other ecosystem services.
Inaugural Poem Author: Elizabeth Alexander
WHEN: Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: 130 Kane
SPEAKER: Elizabeth Alexander
REGISTRATION: The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required to guarantee a seat.
OTHER INFORMATION: America has always been a nation of immigrants. Our voices have always sung in varied registers. And now our president—a Kenyan and African-American raised in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and Asia—represents the many layers and complexity of American culture. It is time, poet Elizabeth Alexander says, for Americans to begin a more nuanced civic conversation about race and culture.
Alexander, who wrote and delivered President Obama’s inaugural poem, Praise Song for the Day, will address these ideas when she speaks this week. Alexander has published several books of poems, including The Venus Hottentot, Body of Life, Antebellum Dream Book and American Sublime, which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.”
“Resisting Shame, Making Our Bodies Home”
WHEN: Thursday, January 27 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
WHERE: 309 Parrington
SPEAKER: Eli Clare, writer and activist
OTHER INFORMATION: This talk is part of the “Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity, and Rights” film & lecture series beginning this week.