2015-2016 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Sustainability, Environment, and Society
Formed in Fall 2014, the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Sustainability, Environment, and Society brings together scholars from across the University of Michigan whose research focuses on the myriad challenges related to Sustainability, Environment, and Society.
The workshop has two parts:

  1. A writing/research group composed primarily of doctoral students and post-docs that meets biweekly to read and provide feedback on group members’ work, share ideas, discuss topics of interest, and collaborate.
  2. Each semester the group will organize a public speaker event. These will feature prominent scholars working on issues of Sustainability, Environment, and Society.
Workshop Rationale: Global environmental change brings to the fore startling evidence about the pace and scale of changes to Earth systems and the pivotal role humans are playing in driving those changes. Although many more scholars are working on a sustainability and environment-related research agenda, the challenges have not been resolved. Indeed, paths to achieving sustainability and models for its measurement remain highly contested. This foregrounds the importance of interdisciplinary dialog and research as well as fostering the improved ability of researchers to communicate their work to colleagues, stakeholders, and the public. Our workshop on Sustainability, Environment, and Society aims to do just that by creating a forum for emerging scholars from across the university to discuss the latest research and share ideas.
Doctoral students from across the University of Michigan whose research relates to Sustainability, Environment, and Society are encouraged to join.
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Graduate Coordinators: Sara Meerow & James Arnott
Faculty Sponsor: Joshua Newell
Workshop Schedule
Winter 2017
Thursday, February 9, 5 pm Public Lecture: Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University
Friday, February 10, 9am-5 pm Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) Conference
Thursday, February 16, 9-11 am  Student Presentations: Katie Browne, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Endsley
Thursday, March 16, 9-11 am  Student Presentation: Chad Monfreda
Thursday, April 13, 9-11 am  Student Presentations: Alec Foster and James Arnott
Fall 2016
Thursday, September 29, 12-2 pm Introductory Meeting
Friday, October 21, 12-2 pm  Student Presentation: Vivian Valencia
Friday, November 4, 12-2 pm  Student Presentation: Sara Meerow
Friday, November 18, 12-2 pm  Group Discussion: Environmental Justice
Friday, December 2, 12-2 pm  Student Presentations: Tom Logan, Tim Williams, and James Arnott
Fall 2015
Friday, Oct 1, 1-3 pm 4325 Dana
Friday, Oct 9, 1-3 pm 3556 Dana
Friday, Oct 23, 1-3 pm
Friday, Nov 6, 1-3 pm
Friday, Dec 4, 1-3 pm
Winter 2015
Friday, January 23rd, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, February 6th, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, February 20th, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Thursday, March 19th, 4-6 pm 1040 Dana (special speaker event)
Friday, March 20th, 12-2 pm 2026 Dana
Friday, April 3rd, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, April 17th, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, May 1, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Fall 2014
Friday, November 7th, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, November 21st, 12-2 pm 4315A Dana
Friday, December 5th, 12-2 pm 2560 Dana