[ensu] seminars

  • From: "Matt Niedzielski" <mattniedzielski@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 22:51:49 -0500

Upcoming seminars
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Institute for Environmental Studies Seminar

WED NOVEMBER 19, 4:00 p.m. 
Room 2093, Earth Sciences Centre
(Huron & Bancroft; Geology section of building) 
(north of College St., east of Spadina Ave.)

SCOTT PRUDHAM, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and 
Planning
and Inst. for Environmental Studies, U of T 

"SOCIAL FORESTRY THEN AND NOW: REFLECTIONS ON THE HISTORICAL POLITICS 
OF
SCALE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA FOREST GOVERNANCE" (abstract below)

No registration required; all are welcome.

For more information, please contact  
Mona El-Haddad, Series Coordinator (416-978-6526;
m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx) 

Please check www.utoronto.ca/env/seminars.htm for updates.


Abstract:
Community forestry is all the rage in British Columbia, at least among
critics of conventional industrial forestry dominated by clearcuts and
corporations.  Recently, the BC government embraced community forestry
on an experimental basis, creating eighteen community tenures.  While
this program and a relative consensus in the NGO community attest to 
the significance and appeal of the community forestry ideal, little work 
has examined this model in historical context. First, it is clear that 
the role of and positions
taken by organized labour in the province with regard to forest
practices and property rights have changed radically during the
intervening period.  In particular, labour positions, particularly as
expressed through the woodworkers union and the New Democratic Party
(labour's erstwhile political voice) have gone from qualified advocacy
of social forestry at a provincial scale to a tepid embrace of or
outright hostility toward social forestry, even at the local scale.
Second, and in parallel, the scale of the political imaginary in social
forestry discourses has shifted quite profoundly from the regional and
even provincial to the local.  This seminar will explore and attempt to
explain the parallels and divergences in social forestry past and
present in BC.


Upcoming seminar:

WED DECEMBER 3, 4:00 p.m.  (last seminar this term)
BRUCE LOURIE, Executive Director, The Richard Ivey Foundation
 
"MERCURY IN THE ENVIRONMENT: THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE IN
STANDARD-SETTING"

     


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CALL FOR PAPERS

Members of ENSU are invited to think about submitting manuscripts for
consideration in a future expanded edition of "Landscapes of the Heart" 
--
one that would cross the boundaries of ecology, economics, culture, the
social sciences, health, law, philosophy and literature. Individuals
already involved include E.O. Wilson (Biology, Harvard; author of "The
Future of Life"; winner of two Pulitzer Prizes), Noam Chomsky (MIT), 
Aritha Van Herk (University of Calgary), Michael M'Gonigle (Eco-Research Chair 
of Environmental Law and Policy, University of Victoria), Stuart Walker
(Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Environmental Design, University 
of Calgary), Iain Taylor (until recently Chair of Botany, UBC), Maurice 
Strong (Chair of both Earth Council and World Resources Intstitute; senior 
advisor to Paul Martin and to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan), David Cash 
(Kennedy School of Government, Harvard), Iain Robertson (Chair of Landscape
Architecture, University of Washington), Stephen Schneider (Biological
Sciences, Stanford), Lee Gass (Sculptor and Professor, UBC; recent 
winner of national 3M Award as "Professor of the Year"), and Stephen Kellert
(Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale). Background to the existing
edition can be found by clicking on the URL at the bottom of this 
message. Guidelines for the new edition are under development, and will be sent 
to interested persons later this winter. 

Students are VERY welcome in this interdisciplinary project, for they 
have had experiences (and thus have a perspective) quite different from that 
of previous generations of scholars. 

If you feel doing so would be appropriate, please forward this message 
to pertinent mailing lists within ENSU.  

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Michael Aleksiuk, Ph.D.

http://www.telusplanet.net/public/aleksiuk/homepage

     

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You are invited to a talk on Human right in the third world, 
specifically the role played by transnationals and their security 
forces 
in these countries.

"Corporate Security Forces and Human Rights"

A Talk by Arvind Ganesan

Wednesday, November 19th
4-6pm at University College, Room 140

Arvind Ganesan is director of the Business & Human Rights Program, 
Human 
Rights Watch.  An internationally-recognized authority on corporate 
security force operations in the third world and the use and misuse of 
oil and gas revenues by host governments, Mr. Ganesan is part of an 
international team of experts advising the World Bank on the creation 
of 
transparent practices for the handling of Angolan oil revenues.

sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Peace and Conflict and the 
Peace and Conflict Society.

For further info or notice of future events contact 
PCS.Society@xxxxxxxxxxx, 416-978-7157 or 416-978-2415, or drop by the 
program offices in the H. wing of University College.


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Institute for Environmental Studies & 
Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit 
SEMINARS

THU NOVEMBER 27, 4:00 p.m. (last seminar this term)
SUSAN TARLO, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences,
University of Toronto 
"INDOOR MOULDS AND HUMAN HEALTH: CURRENT CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL
EXPERIENCE"
Some human health effects of indoor mould exposure have been well
documented, such as allergic responses and less commonly, infections in
immunosuppressed individuals.  Other effects remain less proven but 
have
been questioned on the basis of animal data, effects found from
ingestion of contaminated foods, or epidemiologic studies of "sick
building syndrome".  This seminar will address the evidence for what is
known and what is based on epidemiologic associations.

Room 113, Koffler Institute for Pharmacy Management 
569 Spadina Ave., at Bancroft Ave., north of College St.
(west door on Spadina Ave. locked; please use east door)

No registration required; all are welcome.  

For more information, please contact 
Mona El-Haddad (416-978-6526; m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx) 

Please check www.utoronto.ca/env/seminars.htm for abstracts and 
updates.



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