Presenters

LetendreSteve Letendre is a professor of economics and environmental studies at Green Mountain College where he teaches courses on environmental economics and energy. He holds a master degree in economics from Binghamton University and a doctorate in energy policy and economics from the University of Delaware. Steven is also an independent consultant currently working on electric vehicle and grid integration for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in partnership with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. He has served as a consultant to numerous other organizations including the Solar Electric Power Association, the Northwest Pacific National Laboratory, and Green Mountain Power. Dr. Letendre has published over 50 technical articles and reports on a variety of sustainable energy topics.


james-liszkaJames Liszka received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 1978, where his dissertation on observation in the social and natural sciences won the Alfred Schutz Award. Dr. Liszka was editor of The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, and The Alaska Quarterly Review, which he co-founded with Ron Spatz at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1981. The journal has gone on to become one of the most prestigious journals for the publication of fiction and poetry. In 1989 he published The Semiotic of Myth with Indiana University Press—a study of narratives and values; in 1996 he published A General Introduction to the Semeiotic of Charles S. Peirce (Indiana University Press)—a study of the great American philosopher’s theory of signs and symbols. The book has become a classic in the field, and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. In 1999, he published Moral Competence with Prentice Hall—the culmination of his many years of teaching ethics to undergraduates, which is now in its second edition. He has also published numerous articles in his areas of expertise, and has given many presentations and workshops on professional, environmental, and business ethics.


Revkin2Andy Revkin has reported on science and the environment for more than three decades, from the Amazon to the White House, the Hudson Valley to the North Pole, mainly for The New York Times. He has written on global warming science and solutions and energy issues since the 1980s and is among those credited with first proposing that we have entered a “geological age of our own making,” known increasingly as the Anthropocene.

As Pace University’s Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, he has developed or co-developed innovative courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary film. He has also helped organize and run campus and online events on urban resilience, the mix of technology and tradition in agriculture, renewable energy opportunities and more.

Revkin has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is widely recognized for fairness and a pursuit of reality in a polarized media environment. This doesn’t come without perils. The conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh once suggested Revkin kill himself if he thought population growth was such an important issue.

Revkin has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the violent assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin has spoken to audiences around the world, including at the United Nations and Vatican, about the role of communication innovation in forging progress on a turbulent planet.

In spare moments, Revkin is a performing songwriter and was a frequent accompanist for Pete Seeger. His 2013 CD of original songs was described as a “tasty mix of roots goulash” on Jambands, an influential music website.

Two films have been based on his work: “Rock Star” (Warner Brothers, 2001) and “The Burning Season” (HBO, 1994), which starred Raul Julia and won two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.


lstm35-stagerCurt Stager is an ecologist,  educator, and science journalist whose research focuses on climate change and the environmental histories of lakes in Africa, Peru, and the Adirondacks. The author of “Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth” and other books, he has also published numerous peer-reviewed papers in major journals including Science, and has written extensively for the general public in periodicals such as National Geographic, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Adirondack Life.  He has co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio, since 1989, and was named New York State Science Professor of the Year by the Carnegie-Case Foundation in 2013.   Curt holds the Lussi Endowed Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleo-Ecology at Paul Smith’s College, and has taken dozens of students on research expeditions to Africa, Peru, and remote corners of the Adirondacks.  When he is not too busy with research or teaching , he has been known to subject people to his banjo and guitar-playing, as well.


larry3Larry Montague grew up in Queensbury, on Bay Road 1.7 miles from this campus. He attended SUNY Adirondack (when it was still known as Adirondack Community College) and studied forestry at Paul Smith’s College where he met Curt Stager, a huge inspiration and valuable mentor. He began writing poetry and hip hop music in junior high, viewing both media as platforms upon which to bring awareness to social and environmental maladies. Larry currently lives in Huntington, Vermont, with his wife, Jamie, his daughter, Francesca, and their retired sled dog, Tonzo.

 


 

michelle-mccauleyMichelle McCauley is Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, where she chairs the Department of Psychology and directs the environmental studies conservation psychology focus. She is interested in contemplative environmental studies as well as the connections among values, psychological need satisfaction, mindfulness, environmental action, and policy support. She also regularly writes for Hurry Up Please It’s Time.

 

 


KevinKevin Kite has been an artist since he could hold a pencil (his earlier crayon work is lost to us give the humid climate of his native Florida). He spent a few years detouring into other areas (e.g., getting a MA in literature from the University of Colorado at Denver and a JD from NYU).  Now he draws, writes, teaches, and works to see the humor in the now.  He is the creator of a web comic on science, the environment, and culture titled Hurry Up Please It’s Time. http://www.hurryuppleaseitstime.com/

 

 


stephen-dannaDr. Stephen Danna is Dean of the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. Stephen has 25 years experience in teaching and administration, and prior to that, worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office as an oceanographer. A middle school guest lecture at a school assembly in Bay St. Louis, MS. led him to discover a hidden passion for education. Dr. Danna has received teaching fellowships from Princeton University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Drew University, and was honored in 1997 with the National Science Teachers Association’s Exemplary High School Science Teaching Award. Steve maintains an active blog on climate change topics (http://www.climategaga.org), and has published papers with the National Staff Development Council, National Science Teachers Association, Journal of School Leadership, and Phi Delta Kappan. Stephen resides and recreates within the blue line of the Adirondacks with his lovely wife of 25 years, Laura.


tim-scherbatskoyTim Scherbatskoy holds a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Vermont where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental science, forestry, and philosophy of science. He was a founder and director of the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative, an environmental research center for long-term ecosystem studies, and was co-chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution. He has published a dozen research papers on the effects of environmental pollutants in forest ecosystems, supported by over $1.9 million in research grants. Tim is now a professor of ecology at SUNY Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, NY, where he teaches Biology, Botany, Ecology, and Sustainable Food. As director of the Sustainable Food Project at SUNY Adirondack, he runs the College Gardens program, works on creating sustainable transition communities through tending, mending and restoring our agricultural landscapes, and helps direct the College’s new degree programs in sustainable agriculture.


Bill-ThroopWilliam Throop is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Studies program at Green Mountain College.  He was provost at Green Mountain for twelve years, during which he helped to build the sustainability focus of the College and led the creation its graduate programs. At the national level, he served on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for six years, and was elected chair of the board for his last two years. He has also served on the editorial boards of Restoration Ecology and Environmental Ethics. His PhD work at Brown University focused on philosophy of science and epistemology, but his recent publications have been on ethical issues in ecological restoration and sustainability education. He is currently working on a book project titled: Flourishing amid the Age of Climate Change – Finding the Heart of Sustainability.


juxJuxtapoze is a music trio from the Adirondacks, featuring Vinnie Leddick, Tim Ellifritz and Michelle Howland. They perform original music filled with emotion, turning everyday experiences into timeless melodic journeys in the spirit of good storytelling. Together they have several decades of experience as professional musicians performing in the region. Their collaboration features the song “On the Road to Lake Placid” on Vinnie’s recent CD Heaven Help Me, whose lyrics touch on the themes of environmental and personal introspection.

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