Spring 2016 Lyceum Lecture Series

Our Blue Marble - Water, Home, and humanity (part i)

Our Blue Marble launches the first of two Lee Honors College Lyceum lecture series exploring water. During spring and fall 2016, we will explore water, one of our most precious and also most vulnerable global natural resources, from multiple perspectives. Part I (spring 2016) will examine water issues in the Great Lakes region, with a special focus on Kalamazoo, and Part II (fall 2016) will broaden the perspective to consider global issues related to water.

All lectures are free and open to the community. Light refreshments provided. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted. Lunch is not provided, but brown bag lunches are welcome.

January 13

"Pathways of Change: Natives, Newcomers, and the Waterways of Northeastern North America"

Dr. Jose Antonio Brandao, History

Read an article on this lecture by Olga Bonfiglio.

January 20

"'More Powerful than the Governor:' The Michigan Office of Drain Commissioner"

Dr. Denise Keele, Political Science and Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Dr. Lynne Heasley, History and Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Discussant Pat Crowley, Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner

Read an article on this lecture by Olga Bonfiglio.

January 27

 "A Transborder History of Controlling Water in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Basin"

Dr. Dan Mcfarlane, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Read an article on this leacture by Olga Bonfiglio.

February 3

"The State of the Water State: Michigan Waters with a Focus on the Future of Agriculture"

James Clift, Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council

Read an article on this lecture by Olga Bonfiglio.

February 10

"Urban Dead Seas: Road Deicers, Fertilizers and the Dynamics of Urban Lakes"

Dr. Carla Koretsky, Geosciences, and Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Read an article on this lecture by Olga Bonfiglio.

February 17

"Innovations in In-Situ Bioremediation of Organic Compounds"

Dr. Michael Barcelona, Chemistry

February 24

"Water Resources Engineering and Management in Michigan"

Ltc. Decker Hains, Ph.D., Civil Engineering

March 2

"Extraction of Toxic Inorganic Anion Contaminants from Aqueous Media by Nanojars"

Dr. Gellert Mezei, Chemistry

March 9

Spring Break - no lecture

March 16

"Recent Developments in Watershed Hydrological Research and Future Directions"

Dr. Chansheng He, Geography

March 23

"Environmental Effects and Recovery from a Major Diluted Bitumen (Tar Sands) Oil Spill into the Kalamazoo River, Michigan"

Dr. Stephen Hamilton, President, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry at MSU
An update on the condition of the Kalamazoo River following the 2010 Enbridge oil spill can be found here.

March 30

"Reimagining the Freshwater Heart of North America"

Alison Swan, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Alison will be presenting on two of her book projects - "Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes" and "The Saugatuck Dunes," and the ways in which the literary and visual arts might help us reimagine our relationship with the Great Lakes and their shores. For more information, visit her website.

Poet Alison Swan reimagines the freshwater heart of North America in a literary way

April 6

"Multimodal Trails on the Great Lakes"

Dr. Dave Lemberg, AICP, Geography

April 13

"Stormwater Management Has its Day: Examples from University Campus MS4 Permits"

Christe Alwin, Municipal Separate Storm Water Sewer System (MS4) Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality