Monday, April 8th, 6:30pm
Yale Art Gallery Auditorium, 1111 Chapel St. (entrance on High St.)

Nick Colesanti

VP Corporate Operations, Martin Guitar

Nick Colesanti is Vice-President of Corporate Operations for Martin Guitar. Nick represented Martin in the Musicwood Coalition by supporting efforts to protect and sustain the natural resources of the Tongass National Rain Forest in Southeast Alaska.

Kathryn Dudley

Yale University- Moderator

Kathryn Marie Dudley is a professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Yale University. Her research focuses on changing cultures of work in the contemporary United States. She is the author of The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America, and Debt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America's Heartland. She has just completed a book on acoustic guitar makers in North America, which will be published in 2014.

Maxine Trump 

Filmmaker, Musicwood

Maxine Trump worked for the BBC in London for seven years as a development executive for scripted comedy. This is the first feature documentary Maxine has directed. She has directed a long running series of interstitual social issue documentaries for the TV network TNT in the USA. She has also directed a series of fifteen short interstitials for the network Sundance Channel. Her short film "Silent Life" was nominated at the IFC/ARPA Hollywood film festival. She also made a ten-minute documentary for the MSC campaign expedition to the Bering Sea, Alaska, and a seven-minute documentary for the New York City Greenmarket organization and a short documentary for the FSC. She has won BDA awards for her work in television in the USA, for National Geographic, PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet, etc. She is a freelance director having worked on numerous commercial projects for network TV living in Brooklyn, NY.

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Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00pm
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street

Justin Freiberg 

Co-founder, Encendia Biochar and Yale Sustainable Food Project - Moderator

Justin Freiberg aims to align entrepreneurial action with the movement to produce good, fair food. Justin works with the Yale Sustainable Food Project, helping to create opportunities for Yalies to connect their studies to the world of food and agriculture. He is also a co-founder of Encendia Biochar, where he serves as Chief Marketing Officer, working with farmers, landscapers, and turf managers to build biochar products that meet their needs. Past work for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Added Value, and his founding of the Urban Foodshed Collaborative trained him in connecting consumers to environmental causes through market-based solutions. He holds a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and an MA in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University. He is the 2010 recipient of the Graduate Elm-Ivy Award from Yale University and the City of New Haven.

Tara Cook-Littman


Tara Cook-Littman is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and a former New York City Prosecutor. She is combining her advocacy skills as an attorney with her passion for health and wellness and advocating for improved food policy within the United States. Tara is leading GMO Free CT, a grass roots organization dedicated to educating consumers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and getting legislation passed in the state of Connecticut that would mandate the labeling of products containing GMOs. Tara teaches seminars on various topics related to health, including the dangers of GMOs and how to avoid them in the marketplace .

Jeremy Seifert 

Filmmaker, GMO OMG

In 2010, Jeremy completed his debut film, DIVE!, Living Off America’s Waste. Initially made with a $200 budget, a borrowed camera, and a lot of heart, DIVE! went on to win 22 film festivals worldwide. In 2010 with the release of DIVE!, Jeremy began the production company, Compeller Pictures. He is now a filmmaker and activist, traveling the country and speaking on humanitarian and environmental issues. Jeremy’s second film, GMO OMG, tells the hidden story of the take over of our food supply by giant chemical companies, an agricultural crisis that has grown into a cultural crisis. He has once again found the heart of the project in his own journey and awakening. Jeremy and his wife, Jen, live in North Carolina with their three children, Finn (7), Scout (4), and Pearl (2).

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Fruit Hunters

Wednesday, April 10th, 7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Jonah Meadows Adels

Yale University - Moderator 

Jonah Meadows Adels is a farmer, filmmaker, and environmental educator. His research at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies focuses on the carbon sequestration potential of Chestnut and Hazelnut agro-forestry systems. Before coming to Yale, he served as Education Director and Perennials Manager at Jewish Farm School, where he designed, planted, and tended a diverse and abundant 1.5 acre orchard where dozens of varieties of fruit coexisted with bees, chickens, mushrooms, and humans. He enjoys swimming, singing, and planting trees.

Mark Ashton

Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology and Director of School Forests Professor

Ashton conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests and on the creation of their agroforestry analogs. In particular, he seeks a better understanding of regeneration establishment among assemblages of closely related trees. His long-term research concentrates on tropical and temperate forests of the Asian and American realms. His field sites within these regions were selected specifically to allow comparison of growth, adaptation, and plasticity within and among close assemblages of species that have evolved within forest climates with differing degrees of seasonality. Findings from these studies have theoretical implications for understanding the maintenance of diversity of tree species in forested ecosystems and the adaptability of forests to change in climate. The results of his research have been applied to the development and testing of silvicultural techniques for restoration of degraded lands and for the management of natural forests for a variety of timber and nontimber products. Field sites include tropical forests in Sri Lanka and Panama, temperate forests in India and New England, and boreal forests in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Noris Ledesma

Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild Botanic Garden

Noris is the Curator of Tropical Fruit at the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. She is a plant collector with experience in the Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Colombia, Brazil, and India. Her foci are mango (main), Avocado, Jackfruit, mamey sapote, canistel, sapodilla, caimito, and Spanish lime. She has also taught classes on horticulture. Noris is one of the subjects of the film, The Fruit Hunters.

Peter Rothenberg

Owner, Northfordy Farm

Northfordy Farm has been growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and unusual fruit sustainably since 1975. We also produce maple syrup, free-range eggs, yarn, lamb and chevon (goat). We sell at two farmers markets and we have a small CSA, and we do all of this on 4 acres. We are Certified Naturally Grown. Peter Rothenberg, owner, is past president of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Assoc.). He is a semi-retired psychologist/psychotherapist and spends most of his time growing things. His current project is Nutrient-Dense Crop Production.

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A River Changes Course

Thursday, April 11th, 7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Roger Cohn

Editor, Yale e360- Moderator

Roger Cohn is the editor of Yale Environment 360, an award-winning online magazine focusing on global environmental issues that is published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Launched in 2008, Yale Environment 360 has emerged as a leading international source of reporting, analysis, opinion, and discussion on the environment, with more than 2.5 million visitors in the last year in 219 countries and territories. Cohn developed this pioneering Web publication at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and it has received widespread recognition and numerous honors, including a National Magazine Award for Digital Media and the Online Journalism Award for Best Specialty Site. Yale Environment 360 also co-produced and exclusively featured The Warriors of Qiugang, a video about a Chinese village’s battle against a polluting chemical plant that was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) and showed at EFFY 2011. Cohn formerly served as editor-in-chief of Mother Jones and executive editor of Audubon, revitalizing both magazines. Prior to that, he was a staff writer with The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was among the first U.S. journalists to establish an environmental beat. His writing on the environment and other issues has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Outside. A graduate of Yale College, he has been an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and has served as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and lectured at various universities, including Columbia, Stanford, and New York University.

Kaylanee Mam

Filmmaker, A River Changes Course

Having escaped war-torn Cambodia in 1979, lawyer-turned-filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Yale College '99) seeks to combine human rights and law in creating documentaries that are both captivating and inspiring. Mam’s past work includes the 2011 Academy Award-winning documentary about the global financial crisis, Inside Job, where she served as cinematographer, associate producer, and researcher, and her first documentary short, "Between Earth & Sky." She directed, produced, and shot this film, which follows the hopes and struggles of three young Iraqi refugees.

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Friday, April 12th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Sir Peter Crane- Moderator

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Professor of Botany

Dean Crane is the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is known internationally for his work on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was Director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the Museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today comprise the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). From 1999 to 2006 he was Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. His tenure at Kew saw strengthening and expansion of the gardens’ scientific, conservation and public programs. Professor Crane was elected to the Royal Society – the UK academy of sciences in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the UK for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. Professor Crane currently serves on the Boards of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S., the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

John Grim is currently a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University teaching courses that draw students from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, the Department of Religious Studies, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Yale Colleges. He is Coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker, and series editor of “World Religions and Ecology,” from Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions. In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: the Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (Harvard, 2001). He has been a Professor of Religion at Bucknell University, and at Sarah Lawrence College where he taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions, World Religions, and Religion and Ecology. His published works include: The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983) and edited a volume with Mary Evelyn Tucker entitled Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994, 5th printing 2000), and a Daedalus volume (2001) entitled, “Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?” John is also President of the American Teilhard Association.

Emmanuel Vaughan Lee

Filmmaker, Elemental and Yukon Kings

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a director, producer, musician and composer. In 2005 he founded the Global Oneness Project, a webby award winning media platform and production-company. He has directed and produced numerous award winning short films–A Thousand Suns (2009), What Would it Look Like (2009), A Game for Life (2008), Barrio de Paz (2007), Seva Café (2007) that have been widely distributed online and aired on PBS, LINK TV, and ABC Australia among others. Prior to his work in film Emmanuel performed and recorded as a sideman with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two records under his own name, Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).

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Gold Fever

Saturday, April 13th, 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Molly Roske

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Master's of Forest Science Candidate - Moderator

Molly is an ecologist who spent three years working with indigenous community groups in the highlands of Guatemala on issues of natural resources management and conservation, and private/public/communal land rights. She has formerly worked on similar issues in South Africa, Ecuador and Alaska, focusing on collaborative multiple-use conservation strategies for ecosystem integrity.

JT Haines 

Co-Director, Gold Fever

JT serves as producer, writer and director with Northland Films, a three-person documentary film collective based out of Minnesota and Iowa City. JT formerly practiced as a corporate attorney at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, and holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a public policy degree from the University of Minnesota.

Grahame Russell

Co-Director of Rights Action 

Grahame is a non-practicing Canadian lawyer, author, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and, since 1995, co-director of Rights Action.

Andrew Sherburne

Co-Director, Gold Fever

Andrew serves as producer, director and director of photography with Northland Films, a three-person documentary film collective based out of Minnesota and Iowa City. Andrew is co-founder of FilmScene, a non-profit cinema arts group in Iowa City, and the former publisher of Little Village Magazine. Andrew holds studio arts and computer science degrees from Grinnell College.

Helga Tzicap de Snow

Human Rights Lawyer

Helga Snow is a lawyer and law professor in Guatemala with a focus in democratization and human rights. Helga has worked in a variety of areas related to human rights and the defense of indigenous women. From 2009 to 2010, Helga worked as a fellow for the Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C.. There she worked on cases involving indigenous rights and mining. Helga has also worked for the Guatemalan Women’s Defense Ministry; at the legal department at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, CT, and as legal advisor at the Consulate of Guatemala in New York City. Helga currently works at Lawyers Without Borders in New Haven, where she researchers issues related to women’s rights and mediation in Africa and Latin America.

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The East

Sunday, April 14th, 10:00am
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Zal Batmanglij

Director / Screenwriter, The East

In 2012, Variety ranked Zal Batmanglij one of its “10 Directors to Watch” as a result of his directorial debut, Sound of My Voice, which screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up feature, The East, stars longtime collaborator Brit Marling alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. Batmanglij grew up in Washington, D.C., and studied anthropology at Georgetown University. He was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute, where his peers elected him to speak at graduation.

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More than Honey

Sunday, April 14th, 12:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Eli Powell

Researcher, Yale University - Moderator

Eli Powell is a researcher in Dr. Nancy Moran's lab at Yale's West Campus. He has been studying the microbes that live in the digestive tract of bumble bees and honey bees for the past three years. Eli is currently getting Yale's hives ready for the thousands of flying freshman co-ed worker bees who will be arriving this spring.

Mark H. Creighton

Apiary Inspector of the State of CT

Mark H. Creighton works for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven as an Agricultural Research Technician. He is assigned to the State Entomologist Office as Connecticut’s Apiary Inspector. These duties involve inspecting honey bee colonies for disease and assisting Connecticut Beekeepers in support of Connecticut’s multimillion dollar agricultural industry. Mark grew up in New Hampshire and started Beekeeping at a young age. He keeps bees in several locations in Connecticut and is the official Beekeeper for The Agricultural Experiment Station.

Benjamin Gardner 

Beekeeper and Co-onwer, Pollen

Benjamin created Pollen in 2009 to help businesses and individual create solutions for sustainable living by installing and managing all aspects of small scale food production and waste reduction. Pollen specializes in backyard and rooftop installations including vegetable gardens, chicken coops, bee hives, rainwater catchment systems, greenhouses, compost systems, living roofs, and more. Benjamin is an avid supporter of sustainable practices, having served as Chair of the New Haven Land Trust's Community Garden Committee, as well as being a current Board Member at Common Ground High School. He enjoys fermenting things, like pickles and beer.

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The Last Ocean

Sunday, April 14th, 3:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Mary Beth Decker

Associate Research Scientist, Yale University -  Moderator

Mary Beth Decker is an Associate Research Scientist the the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Yale. She interested in how oceanographic processes and conditions affect the distribution, abundance and behavior of marine predators and their prey and how these processes affect trophic structure of coastal ecosystems. She uses a multi-scale, interdisciplinary approach to investigate these processes, by employing shipboard expeditions, laboratory experiments, modeling, and retrospective examinations of long-term data sets.

Thomas Near

Associate Professor, Yale University

Thomas Near is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Yale. His current research is focused on several lineages of North American freshwater fishes, as well as a clade of fishes endemic to the waters surrounding Antarctica.

Lauri Kealoha Friedenburg, Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Adjunct Professor, Quinnipiac University

Kealoha Freidenburg

Lecturer and Research Scientist, Yale University

Kealoha Freidenburg is a Lecturer and Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Following her undergraduate degree in biology at Pomona College, she worked in Cook, Washington for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on salmon migration. The agency sponsored her Masters degree in Fisheries at the University of Washington. She then completed her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut. Since coming to Yale in 2003 , Freidenburg has taught courses including fish biology, conservation biology, introductory biology and field science: environment and sustainability. Her research focuses on the conservation and ecology of aquatic species.

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Sunday, April 14th, 6:00pm
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS), 1 Prospect Street

Mike Biddle

MBA Polymers

Throwing water bottles into the recycling bin doesn’t begin to address the massive quantity of postconsumer plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. Because it’s so difficult to separate the various kinds of plastics – up to 20 kinds per product – that make up our computers, cell phones, cars and home appliances, only a small fraction of plastics from complex waste streams are recycled, while the rest is tossed. In 1992, Mike Biddle, a plastics engineer, set out to find a solution. He set up a lab in his garage in Pittsburg, California, and began experimenting with complex-plastics recycling, borrowing ideas from such industries as mining and grain processing. Since then, Biddle has developed a patented 30-step plastics recycling system that includes magnetically extracting metals, shredding the plastics, sorting them by polymer type and producing graded pellets to be reused in industry – a process that takes less than a tenth of the energy required to make virgin plastic from crude oil. Today, the company he cofounded, MBA Polymers, has plants in China and Austria, and plans to build more in Europe, where electronics-waste regulation (which doesn’t yet have an equivalent in the US) already ensures a stream of materials to exploit – a process Biddle calls “above-ground mining.” Mike is featured in the movie Trashed.

Marian Chertow 

Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program

Marian Chertow is the Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation. Primary research interests are 1) The study of industrial symbiosis including geographically-based exchanges of wastes, materials, energy, and water within networks of businesses. 2) The potential of industrial ecology to underpin ideas of the proposed Circular Economy law in China. 3) The application of innovation theory to the development of environmental and energy technology. Prior to Yale, Marian spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government including service as President of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority charged with developing a billion dollar waste infrastructure system for the state. She is a frequent international lecturer and has testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Marian is on the Editorial Board of BioCycle Magazine and the Journal of Industrial Ecology, the Board of the Eco-Industrial Development Council, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, which is developing renewable energy projects to increase the availability of green energy. Marian serves on the founding faculty of the Masters of Science in Environmental Management Program at the National University of Singapore where she teaches “Business and Environment” and is a Visiting Professor at Nankai University and National Center for Innovation Research on Circular Economy in China.

CJ May

Recycling Expert, New Haven, CT

After graduating from Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters of Environmental Management, CJ May worked as Yale's recycling coordinator for more than 20 years. During that time he planned, implemented and coordinated Yale's sustainable materials management efforts in compliance with state and local laws as well as Yale's rapidly developing sustainability goals. CJ has also served as the president of the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition and remains an active member of its board. Combining his love for magic with his love for the environment, CJ presents and performs sustainability-focused magic. For adult audiences, CJ's Resourcery takes the form of TED Talk style presentations or professional development and training. When performing for children he assumes the role of "Cyril the Sorcerer" as he uses magic to share important messages on recycling, water, energy and other issues.

John Wargo

Tweedy Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics

John Wargo is a Professor of Risk Analysis, Environmental Policy, and Political Science, and Chair of the Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program. He has just written Green Intelligence Creating Environments that Protect Human Health published by Yale Press. The book won the Independent Publishers Award of Gold Medal in the field of “environment, ecology, and nature” for 2010. It also won the 2010 Connecticut Book Award in non-fiction. It was chosen as one of Scientific American’s favorite books for 2009. Professor Wargo also wrote Our Children’s Toxic Legacy: How Science and Law Fail to Protect Us from Pesticides, published by Yale University Press in 1998, presenting a history of law and science governing pesticides with special attention to the vulnerability of infants and children. The book won the American Association of Publishers award as the Best Scholarly & Professional Book in Government and Political Science in 1998. He is also co-author of Ecosystems: Science and Management published by Springer-Verlag in 1998. Wargo participated in several National Academy of Sciences committees, analyzing children’s exposure to toxic substances. He also has testified before both Senate and House Committees, and been an advisor to the White House, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture organization, the EPA, USDA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on environmental threats to children’s health. He has participated in the design of federal and state laws and regulations intended to reduce human exposures to air pollution, pesticides, plastics, mercury, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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