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The AUSI is pleased to announce three speakers over the next few weeks.

Speaker to Discuss Green Roof Systems

 

"Green Roofs: Environmental and Economic Benefits"

Greg Harper, Weston Solutions

Date: Friday, March 28th

Time: 12 noon - 1pm

Location: Dudley B6 (Architecture Auditorium)

 

The interest in green roof systems has been growing rapidly in the southeast, and they have potential to improve energy efficiency and water pollution on campus.

In addition to his talk, Auburn graduate, Greg Harper is working with the AU Sustainability Initiative to discuss how to reinvigorate the demonstration green roof on Haley Center that was damaged by the drought last year.

 

Renowned Environmental and Social Sculptor to visit AU

 

Prof. Mara Adamitz Scrupe,

Alan F. Rothschild Endowed Chair in Art, Department of Art, Columbus State University

Date: Monday, March 31st

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Biggin 005

World renowned sculptor, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, has had pieces commissioned by The Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University School of Landscape Architecture, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. She will be on campus Monday to discuss her work.

 

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Glaciers and People: Climate and Anthropology Speaker

 

"Melting Glaciers and Emerging Histories in America's Far Northwest"

Dr. Julie Cruikshank

Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: Lowder 125A

Memories of the Little Ice Age in northwestern North America (roughly 1550-1900 A.D.) remain vivid in oral histories transmitted in indigenous communities near the Alaska-Yukon border. During the 18th and 19th centuries, enlarged glaciers in the Saint Elias Range provided travel routes for Aboriginal traders crossing from the Gulf of Alaska coast to the interior Yukon Plateau. In the 20th century, both Canada and the United States designated National Parks in this glaciated region, displacing indigenous residents from these territories; those parks are now encompassed within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Melting glaciers are now revealing material evidence that reinvigorates longstanding oral traditions about human history and environmental change, posing new questions for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations. The paper will discuss how recent discoveries and collaborations among Aboriginal peoples and scientists reinvigorate discourses surrounding science and politics, concepts of 'nature' and 'culture,' and how local knowledge is co-produced in such encounters.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Human Odyssey program, the AU Sustainability Initiative, the Women's Studies program and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).


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