standing with ukraine


The College of the Environment, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Fries Center for Global Studies, and Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies present a series of international livestream conversations with students, journalists, civic leaders, and others in Ukraine. Links to recordings of all past series events can be found below.

Week 7: Fri, April 22 at noon
Fries Center for Global Studies (Fisk 201)
Link to join online: bit.ly/ukraineseries
This week, we’re joined by investigative journalist Mustafa Nayyem, former Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, who is credited as catalyzing the Maidan protest in Kyiv in 2013 with his fierce defense of open journalism, democracy, freedom, and famous call to action stating, “Likes don’t count.” Nayyem was elected to the Ukrainian Rada Parliament in 2014 and in 2021 appointed as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport. He is currently in Kyiv, actively engaged in the defense against Russia.

Past events

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atlas of the invisible explores hidden patterns

Atlas of the InvisibleOn February 2, 2022, the College of the Environment hosted Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics that Will Change How You See the World, via zoom, featuring speakers James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti. Cheshire is a professor of geographic information and cartography in London, and Uberti is a designer who helps scientists translate their data into memorable visuals. The duo authored a book of the same name, Atlas of the Invisible (W.W. Norton, 2021), filled with data maps that visualize important issues and tell valuable stories about our planet. The Chicago Tribune called the book, “A cartographer’s dream, and often revelatory.”

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forklift, wes workers collab on wesworks

WesWorks at Wesleyan University
Wesleyan facilities workers perform during WesWorks, October 14 & 15, 2021.

On October 14 & 15, 2021, Forklift Danceworks presented WesWorks, a performance celebrating the skilled movement and telling the often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains the daily lives of the Wesleyan campus.

WesWorks (2021) featured the movement and stories of Wesleyan U employees as directed by Forklift Danceworks of Austin, Texas, led by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, with Forklift choreographer and programs manager Gretchen LaMotte ’18.

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levan ’22 indulges appetite for entomophagy

Megan LevanEvery year, the COE awards fellowships to fund summer research opportunities for Wesleyan students across all majors and class years. Megan Levan ’22 is an environmental studies and South Asia studies in a global context (university major) major who was recently elected Wesleyan’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Megan’s research this summer centered on how edible insect-based products are being promoted by companies and received by consumers in countries not known for their entomophagic practices. Megan believes diets of the future will need to be supplemented with other available protein sources, and her research explored how insects fit into the picture.

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where on earth are we going: examining glacier-related flood events

The development of glacial lakes from receding glaciers, contained by either terminal moraines or bedrock, is commonly linked with global warming trends that have occurred since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA). Such lakes are prone to sudden and catastrophic drainage, popularly known as glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF). Although GLOFs continue to dominate the focus of both peer reviewed and popular media articles alike, a range of other cryospheric processes and hazards exist that are in need of further research attention and mitigation technologies.

Join Alton C. Byers, PhD, the 2021-22 Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment and a member of our 2021-22 COE Think Tank, for Recent Glacier-Related Flood Events in High Mountain Environments, a multimedia discussion of englacial conduit floods, periodic and recurrent flooding of lakes created by glacier- or ice-dammed lakes, permafrost-linked rockfall and debris flows, and earthquake-linked glacier floods. This event is the latest in the COE’s annual Where on Earth Are We Going? seminar series, sponsored by the Robert F. Schumann Institute of the College of the Environment. The event is a direct tie-in with this year’s COE Think Tank theme of visualizing environmental change. The event takes place Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 11 am to noon at Exley Science Center (Room 150) on the Wesleyan Campus.

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