Climate Discussion Leads Off SUNY Cobleskill Lecture Series

September 21, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill opens its 7th Generation Lecture Series September 27 at 8 p.m. in Bouck Auditorium when Jonathan Comstock speaks on "Climate Trends Impacting New York State and the Northeast."


Comstock is the first of three speakers scheduled during the fall semester for the lecture series. Shannon Hayes is scheduled for October 18 and Hilary Mayton closes the series on November 7. All of the events are free, open to the public and will be held in Bouck Auditorium.


Using the 7th generation name for the series comes from the Mohawk Indians, who believed all decisions should be made by thinking of the preservation of the Earth for the 7th generation. This lecture series provides the opportunity to learn about environmental problems and to focus on solutions that are long-term. 


The lecture series is part of Cobleskill's honors program with students actively involved in working with the speakers, said Angelika Hoeher, professor and interim director of the honors program. "It's a good experience for students.” 


Comstock, who will open the series on September 27, is a research scholar at Cornell University. He'll discuss theories explaining the recent intense and strange storms that have recently impacted New York farms and families. A reception will follow the lecture.

Hayes' presentation on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. is titled "Unraveling Consumerism: Ideas from a Neighbor." Blending storytelling and unique farm humor, Hayes will talk about the history of consumerism in America and how it’s played out in the household, how we eat, the effects on the food system and culture and how to recover homes, communities, the ecosystem and the country. The talk is controversial and will likely stir up a debate. A reception will follow.

The final speaker in the series is Mayton, a visiting scholar from the Biofuels Research Laboratory at Cornell University. Her talk, scheduled November 7 at 8 p.m., is titled "Sustainable Production and Conversion of Bioenergy Crops from Renewable Energy." Her current are of interest is in the design and development of controlled environment agriculture systems with a focus on renewable energy for long-term sustainability. A reception will follow the lecture.

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