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    UCSB Libraries         UCSB Reads for Earth Day

2007 Theme: GLOBAL WARMING, Science & Society


EARTH DAY 2007
Calendar of Events

2007

January

  • Wednesday, January 24 / 4-5pm / UCSB Davidson Library, 8th Floor
    UCSB Reads for Earth Day Kick-Off     Photos
    Inauguration of an annual campus-wide reading program; the first featured book is Field Notes From a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. Campus events and community discussions will be held focusing on this year's theme of global warming. Thanks to sponsorship from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the UCSB Libraries, the Santa Barbara Public Library System, and Patagonia, free copies of the featured book will be distributed to students by the Davidson Library beginning January 25.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the UCSB Libraries, and the Environmental Studies Program.

  • Thursday, January 25 - / 8am-5pm / UCSB Davidson Library, Main entrance
    Free copies of Field Notes to students     Photos
    More than 3,000 free copies of the featured book for "UCSB Reads for Earth Day," Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change will be distributed to students Monday - Friday 8am-5pm, beginning on Thursday, January 25, 8am in the main lobby of the Davidson Library.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the UCSB Libraries, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and Patagonia.

  • Saturday, January 27 / 7pm / Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara
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    Wednesday, January 31 / 4pm / Marjorie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara
    Film: Arctic Exploration
    Now showing at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, "Arctic Exploration" was filmed and produced by UCSB research scientist, Gail Osherenko, in August 2006 when accompanying the Ruby Expedition.

  • Wednesday, January 31 / 6-9pm / Santa Barbara City College, Fe Blande Forum, Santa Barbara
    Screening of "An Inconvenient Truth"
    The film will be shown at 6pm, followed by Q&A with UCSB climatologist Catherine Gautier. During the day of January 31, SBCC Energy Action Day, music and information will be provided on the SBCC campus.
    Sponsored by the SBCC Student Sustainability Coalition.

  • January through May, 2007 / various locations
    Global Warming - Science & Society Event Series
    "Global warming presents one of the greatest challenges ever faced by American society. In the next few decades, it has the potential to impact every aspect of our lives, from the energy we use to the coastal cities we inhabit. Controversy about global warming exists at every level, from the science that underpins it and the political alliances forged around it, to the recognition of its social impacts and how we as a nation should respond to it. As a key coastal community and a pioneer in the modern environmental movement, Santa Barbara can play a leadership role in addressing the effects of climate change in our own communities, in America, and beyond."
    The "Global Warming - Science & Society" event series is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program and the Marine Science Institute.              

Also note the following upcoming events, dates yet to be announced:
  • UCTV Series: Bren Faculty Address Earth Day 2007 Theme
    A four-part series of interviews about climate change will highlight Bren faculty for UCTV, to be aired in February, March, and April. See the UCTV schedule for updated information about this series.

  • How High the Sea?
    If Greenland's glaciers melt, scientists say that ocean levels will rise up to seven meters. The lightblueline project involves painting a blue line on the streets of Santa Barbara, seven meters above the current sea level. The intention is to demonstrate that "human-induced climate change will, if we do not act now, create a new climate, and a new coastline." See what a seven-meter rise would look like in Goleta [pdf], and in downtown Santa Barbara [pdf].


February

  • Friday, February 2 / 6pm / Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara
    Film: "An Inconvenient Truth" and Speaker: Former Vice President Al Gore
    The film will be shown at 6pm and Al Gore will speak, with a Q&A session starting at 7:30pm. Tickets through Ticketmaster.

  • Monday, February 5 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / Free
    Lecture: Dr. James Hansen
    How Can We Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?
    Dr. James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Institute for Space Studies, has worked since the late 1970s on studies and computer simulations of the earth's climate. He came to public prominence with his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s, thereby raising awareness of global warming issues. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and received the prestigious Heinz Environment Award for his research on global warming in 2001.
    Followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by David Lea, UCSB Department of Earth Science.
    A Global Warming - Science & Society event, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program and the Marine Science Institute.              

  • Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 / All day / UCSB UCen Corwin Pavilion
    C2C: Emerging Energy Technologies Summit 2007
    Schedule of Events
    This year's Summit will take an unbiased look at how our nation makes the transition from dependency on carbon-based fuels to a sustainable, alternative fuels-based future. Experts from around the globe will come together over a two-day period to present possible alternative energy solutions, examine the trade-offs and barriers associated with bringing these solutions to market, and work to develop ways of overcoming these barriers.
    Presented by the UCSB Technology Management Program


March

  • Thursday, March 8 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / Free
    Lecture: Dr. Steven E. Koonin
    Energy Trends and Technologies for the Coming Decades
    Provost from 1995 to 2004 and Professor of Theoretical Physics since 1975 at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Steve E. Koonin is currently the Chief Scientist of BP (British Petroleum) in London, the world's second largest integrated oil company and the largest oil and gas producer. Koonin's research has included the study of "earthshine," a phenomenon which more accurately reveals fluctuations in the Earth's albedo, a critical climate parameter. In his talk, Koonin will discuss global climate issues, and as stated in his own words, "one of the most important problems facing society -- energy."
    Followed by a panel discussion.
    A Global Warming - Science & Society event, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program and the Marine Science Institute.              

  • Wednesday, March 14 / 12-1pm / UCSB Davidson Library, 3rd fl., Mary Cheadle Room
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Library employees and others are welcomed to participate in a discussion of Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change, and the scientific context on which it was based. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, Professor Anita Guerrini, Environmental History, and Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries.

  • Wednesday, March 14 / 7pm / Montecito Public Library
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Join a free community lecture and conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, Professor Lee Hannah, biological consequences of climate change, Professor Anita Guerrini, with a focus on environmental history, and Ivor John, president of the Board of the Community Environmental Council.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.


April

  • Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 19 weekdays / 12-12:30pm / KCSB radio at 91.9FM
    On air reading of UCSB Reads for Earth Day featured book
    The UCSB campus radio station, at 91.9FM, will be presenting an on the air reading of Field Notes From a Catastrophe, the featured book for UCSB Reads. Join them each weekday from 12-12:30pm April 2-19. Various people will be reading the book--be sure to listen! Also available through online webcast at www.kcsb.org.

  • Monday, April 9 / 7pm / Goleta Public Library
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Join a free community lecture and conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, Professor Stephanie LeMenager, with a focus on nature writing, Professor Eric R. A. N. Smith, whose focus is public opinion and environmental politics, and and Mary Byrd, Air Quality Information Specialist, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.

  • Wednesday, April 11 / 7pm / Solvang Public Library
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Join a free community lecture and conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program and Professor Joel Michaelsen, whose focus is on climatology.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.

  • Thursday, April 12 / 12-1pm / UCSB Davidson Library, 3rd fl., Mary Cheadle Room
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Come and join a campus community conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, Professor Bruce Tiffney, Dean, College of Creative Studies, and Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries.

  • Thursday, April 12 / 7pm / Carpinteria Public Library
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Join a free community lecture and conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Joshua Schimel, Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, Professor Bruce Tiffney, Dean, College of Creative Studies, and Ellen Strickland, owner of Livingreen which offers healthy alternative solutions to standard building materials.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.

  • Saturday, April 14 / 1-8pm / Anisq'oyo Park, Isla Vista
    Earth Day 2007 in Isla Vista
    The UCSB Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) is helping to celebrate Earth Day in Isla Vista. Get involved! -- check out their flyer, or the EAB Website for more information about their activities.

  • Tuesday, April 17 / 7pm / Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
    "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" Book & Issues Community Conversations
    Join a free community lecture and conversation about global warming and Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Led by Professor Catherine Gautier, climate & global warming, Professor Lee Hannah, biological consequences of climate change, and Marty Blum, Mayor of the City of Santa Barbara.
    Sponsored by the UCSB Libraries and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.

  • Wednesday, April 18 - Monday, April 23 / State Street, City of Santa Barbara
    Earth Day Flag Project
    Decorative banners highlighting the Earth Day theme of global warming will be displayed along State Street from the waterfront through the historic downtown area during the week leading up to Earth Day. The image of a lone polar bear on a nearly snowless Arctic beach is by photographer Howard Ruby.
    The State Street Flag Project was developed and is managed by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.

  • Thursday, April 19 / 8pm / UCSB Campbell Hall / Free
    Lecture: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the featured book for UCSB Reads for Earth Day, Field Notes From a Catastrophe
    Elizabeth Kolbert was a political reporter for The New York Times for fourteen years before her appointment as staff writer for the New Yorker in 1999. She travelled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming which were published initially in a ground-breaking three-part series in the New Yorker and then as an award-winning book titled "Field Notes from a Catastrophe." Kolbert is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's magazine award as well as the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category.
    There will be a book signing following the event.
    Kolbert is the featured author of the campus-wide "UCSB Reads for Earth Day" initiative sponsored by UCSB Office of the Executive Vice-Chancellor, the UCSB Libraries, the Santa Barbara Public Library, with generous support from Patagonia.
    A Global Warming - Science & Society event, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program and the Marine Science Institute.              

  • Sunday, April 22 / 10am - 5:30pm / Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Santa Barbara
    South Coast Earth Day Festival 2007 - Global Warming: Change Begins with Learning
    Earth Day 2007 focuses on celebrating the Earth while working to ensure, through education and research, the health and prosperity of the planet for future generations. The focus this year will be on global warming and climate change.
    Presented by the Community Environmental Council and the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and others.

  • Saturday, April 28 / 12-6pm / UCSB UCen Corwin Pavilion / Free
    Media and the Environment Conference
    How are environmental issues covered, or not covered, by the media? How do media technologies and creative processes both constrain and facilitate the presentation of environmental issues? How does media coverage influence perceptions and actions concerning the environment? This conference will involve a discussion among experts and the audience on accuracy and bias in media coverage of global warming and how economic and professional factors affect writing or producing media coverage of the environment. For more information visit www.cftnm.ucsb.edu/conference/index.html.
    Presented by the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, and the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media's Environmental Media Initiative.

  • Sunday, April 29 / 7pm / UCSB UCen Corwin Pavilion / Free
    Lecture: Bill McKibben
    Beyond "Understanding the Problem": Citizen Action for Global Warming Solutions
    Bill McKibben, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, is best known for his work on climate change issues including his treatise on global warming, The End of Nature. He contributes to various magazines including The New Yorker, Harper's and The Atlantic Monthly. His latest book Deep Economy addresses the shortcomings of the growth economy and offers a realistic while challenging scenario for a hopeful future.
    There will be a book signing following the event.
    A Global Warming - Science & Society event, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures; the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the UCSB Departments of Earth Science, Geography, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology; the Environmental Studies Program and the Marine Science Institute.              




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