Upcoming Events

State of the Planet: A University Forum

During the spring semester, the University of Maine at Farmington is hosting a series of forums that are discussing the present and future implications of the earth's climate. By looking at the state of the planet, intergenerational justice, and our collective future, we can not only look at the future, but have a discussion on the measures we must take to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for out planet. This is a great opportunity (even a free opportunity) to learn about the sustainability of the planet into the future and an open discussion on preventative measures.  Highlights of these discussions include:

 

  • Dr. Charles Langmuir, Harvard University, member of the National Academy of Science, and lead author of the 2012 book "How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind."   He will focus on "Humanity at the Helm: Civilization in a Planetary Context."
  • Internationally-renowned investigative journalist and author Colin Woodard,
  • Dr. George Jacobsen of UM's Climate Change Institute and Maine State Climatologist,
  • A number of our own faculty including Drs. Daly, Kellett, Stancioff, Hardy, Harper, and Beck.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • Illuminate our current predicament -- seven billion people competing for limited resources within a stressed environment.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary communication across the spectrum of UMF expertise.
  • Advance sustainability and informed activism at UMF and beyond.
  • Move forward constructively and positively, both in the classroom and elsewhere, in response to the information presented

The schedule for these events are as follows:

 

Wed. Feb. 6
12PM
 
HOW DOES EARTH'S CLIMATE WORK?     
   Dr. Julia Daly (UMF Geology)

PEOPLE AND CHANGING CLIMATE: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
   Dr. Luke Kellett (UMF Sociology and Anthropology and UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition Coordinator)

Wed. Feb 13
11:45AM and 6PM
 
ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL HURDLES: US POLITICS
   Film "Climate of Doubt" and discussion led by Dr. Linda Beck (UMF Political Science), Dr. Wendy Harper (UMF
   Economics), Dr. Luke Kellett (UMF Soc/Anth and Sustainability), Dr. Doug Reusch (UMF Geology), and
   Dr. Drew Barton (UMF Environmental Science)
 
Wed. Feb. 27
12PM
 
MAINE'S CLIMATE FUTURE
   Dr. George Jacobson (Univ. of Maine Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Change; and Maine
   State Climatologist) 

Wed. March 6
12PM
Thomas Auditorium
Preble Hall
 
 FORESTS AND GLOBAL CARBON POLICY
   Dr. Lloyd Irland (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; co-sponsored by Dept. of Natural Sciences)
Wed. March 13
12PM       
 
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A FOSSIL-FUELED ECONOMY?
   Dr. Paul Stancioff  (UMF Physics) and Dr. Peter Hardy (UMF Mathematics)
 
Wed. March 27
11:45AM
 
ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL HURDLES: GLOBAL POLITICS
   Film "The Island President" and discussion led by Dr. Wendy Harper and Dr. Linda Beck
 
Weds, March 27
7PM
 
THE GREAT MELTDOWN: TALES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
   Colin Woodard (author of "American Nations," Viking 2011 and "Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas")
 
Wed. April 10
4PM 
HUMANKIND AT THE HELM: CIVILIZATION IN A PLANETARY CONTEXT
   Dr. Charles Langmuir (Harvard University, lead author of "How to Build a Habitable Planet," Princeton University Press,
   2012)
 
Wed. April 17
12PM
WRAP-UP SESSION: WHAT DID WE LEARN? WHERE NEXT?
   This session will be an opportunity for all UMF students and faculty to reflect on the forum, digest the main points, and
   decide on next steps. Moderated by UMF President Kate Foster.
 
 
 
 
 

Online Canadian Geography Class

Using the Geography for Life 2nd edition as a guideline for teaching geography thinking skills, and using the study of Canada’s geography as the content, this online course will enable participants to acquire a mental map of Canada, and to gain practice in asking and answering geographic questions.

Through an engaging exploration of video presentations, readings, maps and websites, participants will acquire information and ideas to write inspired activities building towards the final project of creating two lessons based on teaching the skills of a geographer. Participants will collaboratively create an annotated list of websites and will have access to all the lessons created.

Open to any teacher, no prerequisites.

http://umaine.edu/teachingcanada/professional-development/geographic-lens-on-the-world-the-geography-of-canada

NESTVAL Geography Conference

 The 2012 NESTVAL Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Maine, Farmington from Friday October 19 to Saturday October 20.

The theme of NESTVAL’s 2012 Annual Meeting is Connecting with Communities Near and Far.  However, presentations on any topic of interest to the membership are encouraged.

Abstracts for papers and posters of no more than 200 words and proposals for sessions must be submitted by October 1st, 2012 to be included in the program.  Abstraces should be submitted in electronic format to Cathleen McAnneny at mcanneny@maine.edu

Read more: NESTVAL Geography Conference

Family Geography Day

The next Family Geography Day is scheduled for November 17th, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor. 

The theme of this years day is "Geography: Declare your Interdependence"

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Maine Geographic Alliance is to expand and improve geographic education from Pre-Kindergarten through University by assisting educators with high-quality geographic materials, lessons, and workshops for implementing Maine's learning results. 

 

CONTACT US

Maine Geographic Alliance
Roberts Learning Center
UMF Campus
270 Main Street
Farmington, Me. 04938 

(207) 778-7443

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