Monday, March 5
"LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "
12:30 – 1:50p.m. Student Center Bogomolny Room
President Robert L. Bogomolny University of Baltimore
The question "what does LEED stand for?" is a common question asked by first time home builders, designers, and developers. LEED is an abbreviation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The President will speak on the benefits of building our new Law School according to the LEED Platinum model.
Tuesday, March 6
“ The Ecological Future of the Chesapeake Bay”
12:30-1:50p.m. William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center - Room 003BC
Stanley Kemp, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Candus Thomson, Former Reporter for The Baltimore Sun Candus covered Maryland's outdoors community, wrote a Sunday column and a daily blog.
Steve Vilnit, Program Director, Commercial Fisheries Outreach and Marketing, Department of Natural Resources
Panel Discussion—“Silent Spring”
2-3:20p.m. William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center Auditorium
Christopher Justice , Lecturer, School of Communications Design. Stanley Kemp , Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies. Rita Turner , Ph.D. UMBC in environmental education and ecoliteracy . Noah Cincinnati , a historian whose expertise is in environmental history. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins.
This spring marks the 50th anniversary of Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring and serves as a reminder of the delicate importance of the environment. The book fostered an environment movement and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Professor Chris Justice will lead a panel focused on Silent Spring as a policy narrative and how it helped spark the environment movement and led to the creation of the Environment Protection Agency in 1970.
"Eco-Modernism, Leed and a Green Aesthetic"
5:30-7p.m. William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center Auditorium
Peter Danko, an artist, industrial designer, and inventor has made it his personal challenge to make beautiful objects with materials that Obviously Manifest Green (OMG). He believes it is the job of architects and designers to incorporate OMG materials that tell the story of a comfortable future. A future that has beauty, romance, and fun. Only the design community can move people from the status quo to choose that which makes a more environmentally balanced world.
Eco-Modernism and sustainability in building materials for furniture, houses and the way we live is the focus of this discussion. Peter Danko calls this guiding aesthetic sensibility Eco Modernism and argues that this is the future of building if we hope to lessen the damage done to exhaustible building supplies by unethical building practices. Ecomodernism is about how we use materials and technologies to tell a story about sustainability. The reality is that there are materials and technologies that are far more sustainable than what we accept as “green design” today.
Wednesday, March 7
“ In Defense of Religious Moderation”
2-3:20p.m. Student Center Bogomolny Room
William Egginton - Keynote Speaker
Atheists and religious fanatics are equally wrong about God, argues professor and philosopher William Egginton. To do right by humankind, he says, just a little belief means a lot.
Religious moderation is a kind of religious belief that refuses the logic of the code of codes. Moderate believers find comfort, solace, community, and pleasure in their belief systems and the practices that accompany them, without ever assuming that these beliefs represent a direct, unfettered, or in some way absolute knowledge of the world. Moderate believers are thus perfectly capable of reciting the tenets of their own faiths without ever feeling that they are in irresolvable contradiction with other, perhaps more practical ways of understanding the world. For this very reason, not only are such forms of belief entirely compatible with scientific knowledge, they are also inherently tolerant, since moderate believers make a constant practice of reconciling apparently incompatible versions of reality. This implicit commitment to tolerance along with its suspicion of claims to ultimate knowledge make religious moderation one of the best possible defenses against fundamentalisms of all kinds, in particular the religious fundamentalisms that are so openly threatening the modern, democratic world view.
Thursday, March 8
Ethics in Dramatic Presentations
12:30-1:50p.m.,Student Center- Lucy and Vernon Wright Theater
The Exonerated was written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen after they attended a conference about the death penalty. They listened to stories about wrongful convictions and confessions gained via torture, threats and deception, and spent the summer of 2000 interviewing exonerees throughout the United States. Six of those stories were adapted into a script. Jensen and Blank received the Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and their play has been performed at the United Nations and in Washington DC, where audience members included Senator Patrick Leahy, Former Atty. General Janet Reno, Former U.S. Atty. Mary Jo White, Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and several members of the Justice Department. In 2002, Blank and Jensen were invited to present The Exonerated for Illinois governor George Ryan, as he was considering whether to commute the sentences of over 140 of the state's death row inmates. The audience for that performance included over 40 exonerated death row inmates, Governor Ryan, and several members of the Illinois state legislature. Ultimately, Ryan commuted the sentences of everyone on or waiting to be sent to Illinois' death row to life terms, and sparked a national debate on the effectiveness of the death penalty. Director Rain Pryor is the daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor.
Saturday, March 10
“Health Care and the Environment”
11:30a.m.-12:45p.m. William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center - Room 003BC
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