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2014 AESS Conference

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Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship. The 2014 AESS conference is headed to Pace’s NYC Campus this week.

We’ve got the whole world in our hands. On June 11–14, Pace University will host the 2014 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference, co-sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies. 

The conference theme “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship” focuses on the argument advanced by many scholars that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (the recent age of humans). This perspective contends that humans have become a global geophysical force capable of disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry, and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea, and atmosphere. This disruption is resulting in a profound alteration of the planet's climate, serious threats to a large array of species, and critical ecosystems and conversion of fertile lands to desert.

The four-day event, which brings people from around the world, will include workshops, roundtable discussions, plenaries, films, field trips, poster sessions, a banquet, and more. Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin will give the keynote address on paths to a “good” Anthropocene.

Poster presentations by members of the Pace Community include environmental studies student Melody Flores on Assisted Migration at the Community and environmental science student Hillary Bundick and forensic science Professor Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, PhD, on Emerging Contaminants Are New Threats to the Environment.

Keynote addresses by:
      >Andrew C. Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy, and “Dot Earth” blogger for The New York Times
>Karl Rábago, Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Highlights include:

>Plenary session by a distinguished panel of United Nations policymakers and scholars on the Montreal Protocol

>80+ roundtable discussions, panel presentations, and discussion symposia, workshops, and poster presentations

>Presentation of the William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement award

>The student paper awards

>Art exhibits featuring the work of Elizabeth Demaray and invited artists

>A rich program of performance art

>Field trips

>The AESS banquet

For more information or to register, click here.

(AESS) is a group of faculty, students, and staff of the 1000+ interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around the world. We seek to strengthen teaching, research, and service in environmental studies and sciences, and to improve communication across boundaries that divide the traditional academic disciplines. The Association works to support the professional development of Association members, not just as individuals, but also to advance Environmental Studies and Sciences as a whole.