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Sustainability Research Seminars

 

SIRT facilitates a series of scholarly discussions on sustainability research, generally held on the first Thursday of the month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Sage 3215.
Coffee and tea will be provided. To be added to the email list, please email SIRT@uwosh.edu.

 

Upcoming Seminars

The 2018-2019 seminar series will be coordinated by Misty McPhee and Sabrina Mueller-Spitz.

Past Seminars

The Past and Future of Sustainability and Nuclear Energy: A Political Scientist and a Historian Discuss

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Sage 3221

This event features a primary talk by Jason Kalmbach and a response paper by Jim Feldman.

The Fukushima Effect: A Longitudinal Analysis of Attitudes Toward Nuclear Power

Jason Kalmbach, Political Science Department and Environmental Studies Program

Sustainability Discourse and Radioactive Waste in Time and Place

Jim Feldman, History Department and Environmental Studies Program

 

Why Does Kewaunee County (and much of Northeast Wisconsin) Have Poor Groundwater Quality?

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Sage 3221

Maureen Muldoon, Geology Department

Areas underlain by the Silurian dolomite aquifer in northeastern Wisconsin are extremely vulnerable to groundwater contamination from various land-use activities, especially the disposal of human wastewater and dairy manure. These areas have had long-standing water quality problems with elevated nitrate-N concentrations, bacteria levels, and instances of “brown water” impacting domestic wells at various times throughout the year. The ongoing water-quality concerns in Kewaunee County have refocused public attention on the aquifer’s susceptibility to contamination. While these events have received recent media attention, they are not isolated incidents.

 

Migration & Displacement in the Global South

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Sage 2218

Angela Gray Subulwa, Geography Department

Douglas Haynes, English Department and Environmental Studies Program

Ang Subulwa will discuss the complex dynamics of forced displacement within the African context with specific attention to her work within refugee and refugee-hosting communities in Zambia, raising questions about the intersection of sustainability concerns with the institutional frameworks, settlement patterns, and development challenges embedded in protracted refugee situations.

Douglas Haynes will discuss the socioeconomic and ecological dimensions of rural to urban migration in Central America and read from his new book, Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters.

 

Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force: Changing the Landscape of Food Access

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Sage 3215

Across two different projects, Melissa Bublitz and a larger set of colleagues have engaged in a dialogue with various social impact organizations working to address hunger in their own communities. This presentation will focus on their collaborative work to redefine what it means to end hunger; change perceptions about who is hungry and why; understand key barriers that make hunger pervasive in developed economies, and efforts to shift the conversation about food well-being on a broader scale. In addition, Melissa will talk briefly about the value of dialogical conferences and using relational engagement as a research process.

Because of the topic at hand, please bring a food item to donate to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry!

Sociological, Historical, and Biological Perspectives on Sustainability and Health

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in Sage 3215

Juyeon Son, Sociology Department: “Sociological Perspectives on End-of-Life Decision Making”

Ana Maria Kapelusz-Poppi, History Department: “Scientifical Progress and Political Authoritarianism in Early Twentieth Century Argentina”

Sabrina Mueller-Spitz, Biology Department: “Why do antimicrobial resistant bacteria persist with more sustainable agricultural animal husbandry practices?”