Environmental Speakers Coming to Miami University this September

By: Arcadia Davies


This semester, speakers are coming to Miami University to discuss issues including, human migrations, climate change, global sustainability efforts, and environmental remediation initiatives. Check out this list to learn more about the dates, times, and topics of these exciting presenters.


Friday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m in 1 Shideler Hall: Cheryl Kehres-Dietrich, a Certified Groundwater Consultant with the international environmental consulting firm SME, will be talking about environmental case studies and career opportunities in her field. Kehres-Dietrich has worked as a hydrogeologist for over 33 years and is currently working as the chief hydrologist and Senior Consultant for the implementation of environmental remediation regulations. Her specializations include complex contaminated site assessment and remediation projects.

Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in 152 Scheidler Hall: Reece Jones, a geography professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and Adrian Parr, a professor who specializes in environmental and cultural politics in the department of political science and school of architecture and design at the University of Cincinnati, will be giving a lecture called ‘Mass Migration in the Age of Environmental Devastation’.

Monday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. in 212 MacMillan Hall: A panel called ‘The Politics of Energy and Equity in the Global South’ will include three speakers discussing current environmental trends in the Global South. Dr. Jonathan Otto, a professor in Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University, whose research focuses on political ecology, geography, climate change, food sustainability and economic development, will speak about global sustainability and climate change mitigation programs in Mexico. Dr. Naaborle Sackeyfio, a professor in Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University, whose research focuses on governance, political economy, energy and resource politics, gender, and sustainable development, will discuss energy access and energy development in Ghana. Jennifer Eaglin, a professor in environmental history/ sustainability at OSU, whose research focuses on alternative energy in Brazil, will present on the environmental impact of Ethanol production in Brazil.


All are welcome to attend any of these speakers. These talks provide a great opportunity to learn about interdisciplinary issues that countries around the world are facing and the global responses to these challenges. Please take the time to hear and learn from these individuals as they present on fascinating environmental topics.


Featured image via Creative Commons.


GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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