Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.

Spring 2017 Hayward Sustainability Speaker Events

Written on the Body: Impact of Food Insecurity Across Generations

Molly Anderson:  Professor, Middlebury College

Molly Anderson Picture

Thursday, March 30
McGowan 102


About the Topic: Molly considers the ways that food insecurity affects mothers, children, and their children through the multifaceted impacts of poverty and injustice globally.

About the Speaker: Molly is shaping the Food Studies Program at Middlebury College in Vermont where she teaches about hunger and food security, fixing food systems, and sustainability. She bridges interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists and is involved in food system planning at the state, regional and international scales. Molly earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Related Link:  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/food-studies

Co-Sponsors:  Co-Sponsored by the MIIS International Environmental Policy Department; the Department of Development, Practice, and Policy; and the William Cole Tellman Library, with support from the One Middlebury fund.

Lecture Location:  The McGowan building is located at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Corner of Pacific and Franklin Streets.   The entrance to the building is on Pacific Street through a set of glass doors.  Room 102 is through the glass doors on right, first room on right.  Click here for a campus map.

Questions:  Contact Andrea Olsen at olsen@middlebury.edu call Rachel at the Center for the Blue Economy at 831-647-6615 x1.

Setting the Course:  California Leadership in the Age of Trump

Panel discussion with CA Senator Bill Monning, CA Assemblymember Mark Stone, and CA Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird


Thursday, April 13
Irvine Auditorium

Registration Required:  Click Here to Register

About the Topic: With the Trump administration looking to roll back progress on healthcare, environmental sustainability, civil rights, and social equity, California is charting a course in the opposite direction. With a large Democratic majority, the Golden State is poised to assume an even greater leadership role on the environment, economy, and social justice. Please join us for a lively evening with some of California's most visionary leaders as they set the course for the California in the Age of Trump.

About the Panelists

Senator Bill Monning, California District 17
billmonning-haywardspeakersp17-540x445Bill Monning was elected to the California Assembly in November of 2008 and then re-elected in November of 2010 to represent the 27th Assembly District, which includes portions of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara Counties. In 2012, Bill was elected to the State Senate representing the 17th Senate District, which stretches from South San Jose through Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties all the way to San Luis Obispo County.

Prior to his service in the State Assembly, Senator Monning was a professor at the Monterey College of Law and a professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is the former president and co-founder of Global Majority, Inc., an organization committed to education, training and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution.

Assembly Member Mark Stone, California District 29

markstone-haywardspeakersp17-530x445Mark Stone represents the people of California's 29th Assembly District, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties. Mark has emerged as a leader on environmental protection and child welfare issues.

Mark serves as Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which reviews legislation on a broad range of issues, including family law, product and tort liability and immunity, immigration, commercial contracts, court and jury procedures, civil practice and procedure. In his first term, Mark served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Human Services, where he led policy decisions on child welfare, foster care, developmental disability services, temporary cash assistance, and CalFresh food benefits.

John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources

johnlaird-haywardspeakersp17-530x445John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 5, 2011. He has spent nearly 40 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official.

The son of teachers and raised in Vallejo, Laird graduated with honors in politics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1972. He then served on the district staff of U.S. Representative Jerome Waldie, and as a budget analyst for the Santa Cruz County Administrator.

Related Link: http://centerfortheblueeconomy.org/californialeadership

Lecture Location:  The Irvine Auditorium is in the McCone building located at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Corner of Pierce and Jefferson Streets.   The entrance to the building is on Pierce Street through a set of glass doors.  The Irvine Auditorium will be the first room on left.  Click here for a campus map.

Flyer for Download:  Pin it to the fridge!  Just like the old days....

Questions:  Contact Rachel Christopherson at cbe@miis.edu or 831-647-6615 x1.

Saving the Coast:  California's Legacy in a Changing Climate

Charles Lester, former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission

Charles Lester Picture

Tuesday, April 25
Morse B104


Registration Required:  Click Here to Register

About the Topic: California has been an international leader in coastal protection for more than four decades. The state has expanded public access to the shoreline, protected countless sensitive habitats, and maintained scenic, rural and agricultural coastal landscapes. The California coast and ocean economy generates more than $40 billion a year. Climate change, though, poses an existential threat to California’s coastal resources and economy. This is particularly true for global sea level rise, which threatens to literally erode our coastal communities and many of the public access gains of the last forty years. A renewed commitment to and investment in the fundamental objectives of the Coastal Act will be needed to continue California’s leading legacy of coastal management success.  Join former Executive Director of the Coastal Commission Charles Lester as he discusses the past, present, and future of the California coast in conversation with Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy.

About the Speaker:  Dr. Charles Lester has been working in the field of ocean and coastal management for more than 25 years. He is currently at the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, researching and writing about sea level rise, coastal resilience, and other aspects of California coastal law and policy. Charles previously worked for the California Coastal Commission, including serving as the fourth executive director of the agency from 2011 to 2016. He also served as the Commission’s senior deputy director, a district director and manager in the agency’s Santa Cruz office, a coastal program analyst, and a student intern during graduate school.

Before moving to Santa Cruz, Charles was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he taught environmental law and policy, with a focus on public lands governance and coastal zone management. He also worked with NOAA’s General Counsel for Ocean Services.

Charles received his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral thesis examined the politics, policy and law of offshore oil development in the United States. He earned his B.A. in Geochemistry in 1984 from Columbia University in New York City, and worked his college summers at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory.

Charles lives in Soquel with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and a remarkably resilient betta fish.

Related Link: http://centerfortheblueeconomy.org/events/saving-the-coast

Lecture Location:  The Morse building is located at 426 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Proceed up the walkway on the left side of the building.   B104 will be the fifth door on your right, just past a set of stairs.  Click here for a campus map.

Flyer for Download:  Pin it to the fridge!  Just like the old days....

Questions:  Contact Rachel Christopherson at cbe@miis.edu or 831-647-6615 x1.

Past Presentations

2016-2017 Hayward Sustainability Speakers


Center for the Blue Economy Fall 2016 Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series

Videos of Lectures Available for Viewing