Critical Frameworks Lectures on Sustainability, Energy & Environment

The below lectures are part of GCL 210: Frameworks for Sustainability, Energy, & Environment, one of the campus’s new multidisciplinary “Critical Frameworks” modules for undergraduates.  The lecture component of this course is open to the campus community.  For more information on Critical Frameworks email  

All lectures take place on Monday, 3:30-4:50
180 Bevier Hall

Introduction to Sustainability, August 22
Trevor Birkenholtz (Geography) – Introduction to professors & cultural studies module
on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment

Climate Change and the Problem of Energy, August 29
Ben McCall (Chemistry) – Climate Change & Energy

Economy and Ecology, September 12
Melissa Orlie (Political Science) – What is old and new in ecological destruction today?

Past Climate Change and Its Contemporary Implications, September 19
Lisa Lucero (Anthropology) – The impact climate change on ancient Maya water systems and implications for the present

Capitalism, Democratic Power, and Ecological Sustainability, September 26
Melissa Orlie (Political Science) – What is to be done about ecological destruction today?

Sustainability in the Tropics, October 3
Lisa Lucero (Anthropology) – Sustainability in tropical societies

Designing Sustainable Marketplaces, October 10
Madhu Viswanathan (Business) – Subsistence and Sustainability: Understanding and Designing Sustainable Solutions for Subsistence Marketplaces

Sustainability and Business Enterprises, October 17
Madhu Viswanathan (Business) – Sustainable Business Enterprises – Environmental Sustainability and Business Challenges in the 21st Century

Sustainability & Human Decision-Making, October 24
Ming Kuo (Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences) – Sustainable Choices

Sustainability and Water Supply, October 31
Murugesu Sivapalan (Civil Engineering/Geography) – Water Crisis?

Sustainability and Water Governance, November 7
Murugesu Sivapalan (Civil Engineering/Geography) – Unintended Consequences in Water Management: Sociohydrology

Sustainability and Limits to Growth, November 14
Ben McCall (Chemistry) – Resource Depletion and the ‘limits to growth’

Human Emotion and Sustainability, November 28
Ming Kuo (Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences) – Can we be happy and sustainable?

Democracy and the ‘Sustainability Transition’, December 5
Trevor Birkenholtz (Geography) – Democratizing Sustainability