Special Events

Sustainability Studies Speaker Series


Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2015. Public Roundtable:
“Gender & Environmental Justice”

Panelists from left:

Dr. David Taylor, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies Program. Taylor’s interdisciplinary work includes; poetry, non-fiction, and technical writing, drawing on concern for environmental stability and how it impacts community.

Dr. Karina Yager, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies Program. Yager is working with such institutions as Earth Vision Trust and NASA, her research focuses on the impacts of climate change.  Her teaching focuses on sustainability and interdisciplinary tools for opposing climate change.

Dr. Heidi Hutner, Director, Sustainability Studies Program.  Hutner teaches and writes about environmental literature and film, environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and media. 

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Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2015. Public Roundtable: “Campus Learning Library”


Panelists from top:

Dr. Sung Gheel Jang is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and the Director and lecturer of the Geospatial Center at Stony Brook University. His research involves sharing geospatial information, urban sustainability and public health, and geospatial and human dimensions on sustainable development.

Dr. Harold James Quigley is a Lecturer and faculty Director for the Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning major at Stony Brook University. His expertise is in urban and regional planning, environmental policy and energy management and has been an activist for the civil rights, peace and environmental movements. 

Dr. Donovan Finn a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.  His graduate degree is urban, sustainability and resiliency planning and the role of public participation in effective planning outcomes. He is a proponent for undergraduate research.

Dr. Sharon Pochron is a lecturer in the Sustainability Studies program, teaching in the Ecosystems and Human Impact major.  As a post-doc for Patricia Wright, Pochron published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers involving the behavioral ecology of lemurs, tarsiers and baboons. She also studied the levels of heavy metal concentrations in local sea life with Jeffrey Levinton of Ecology & Evolution at SBU. 

Mallick Darder Bamberger SStein


Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2015. An Educational Forum:
Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of Our Children’s Health:

Panelists from top:

Dr. Robert Oswald is a Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University. He studies the effects of drugs and toxins on the structure and function of central nervous system proteins.

Dr. Perry Sheffield is a pediatrician and Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also Deputy Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and a co-author of a forthcoming U.S. Interagency Special Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health.

Ms. Pramilla Mallick is a community organizer, journalist, anthropologist, and the founder of Stop The Minisink Compressor Station and Protect Orange County.

Ms. Theresa Dardar is a council tribal member of the Pointe aux-Chien Indian Tribe, a lifelong member of Pointe-aux-Chien in Lafourche, LA, and a spokesperson and representative for her tribe at local, state, and international forums.

Dr. Michelle Bamberger (MS, DVM) is a veterinarian and researcher on links between human and animal health and unconventional fossil fuel extraction, a member of the advisory board of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, and a coauthor with Robert Oswald of several publications including The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening our Families, Pets, and Food.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber is a biologist whose written works include Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. She is a cancer survivor and writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

Ms. Samara Swanston is a legislative attorney who serves as Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council and is an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment.


Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2015. Public roundtable: “On Faith and Climate Change”

Panelists from top:

Rabbi Lawrence Troster is a Jewish eco-theologian and environmental leader.
He is GreenFaith’s Rabbinic Scholar in Residence and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. He has published numerous articles on eco-theology, bio-ethics, and Judaism and modern science. 

Sister Jeanne Clark is the founder and director of Homecoming, a project promoting the idea that the human and natural world are one community through sustainable gardening and organic produce donations.

Ms. Sunita Viswanath co-founded the women’s human rights organization Women for Afghan women as well as Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, which encourages Hindus to live out principles of their faith by taking care of the environment. 







  Mr. Mark Schapiro

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2015. Lecture: “Carbon Shock: How Climate Change is Reshaping Geo-Politics and Changing the Cost of Everything.”

Schapiro is an investigative journalist who explores the intersection between the environment, economics and international political power. His writing appears in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, The Nation and other publications. His recently published book, CARBON SHOCK: A Tale of Risk and Calculus at the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy , reports from environmental tension zones around the world where the costs of climate change are being experienced and fought over. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. 


               Reiko Yamada
             Nobuko Sugino
           Kathleen Sullivan
            Kristen Iversen

 Hibakusha Stories Program:  Taking a Novel Approach to Nuclear Disarmament Education

 “Hibakusha” is the Japanese word for atomic bomb survivors, who, in their advancing age, have a very limited opportunity to share their firsthand witness.  Hiroshima bombing survivors  Reiko Yamada and  Nobuko Sugino pay a visit to Stony Brook University to share their stories of the bombing and their subsequent work for nuclear disarmament. Accompanying Yamada and Sugino will be writer and disarmament activist   Dr. Kristen Iversen,  and  Hibakusha Stories Program  Director  Dr. Kathleen Sullivan .     

 Dr. Sullivan will discuss the history of nuclear weapons and the present global movement for a ban as set forth in the  Chair’s Summary and the  Australian Pledge delivered at the  Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December 2014. She has been engaged in the nuclear issue for over 25 years, and has worked internationally as an educator for disarmament. She has produced two films,  The Last Atomic Bomb and  The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age, both of which address various aspects of the issue of nuclear power and feature survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. 

Dr. Iversen will talk about her experiences living in the shadow of, and working at, the secret and highly contaminated Rocky Flats plutonium trigger factory outside Denver, Colorado. She heads the PhD program in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati. She is an award-winning author whose most recent book,  Full Body Burden, tells the story of her childhood growing up near Rocky Flats. In this book, Iversen explores the issues of human rights and health, government corruption and toxic/radioactive contamination.  

The mission of the Hibakusha Stories Program is to pass the legacy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a new generation of high school and university students, to empower them with tools to build a world free of nuclear weapons.


  Dr. Martin Schoonen

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2015. Lecture: “Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change”

Dr. Martin Schoonen is Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University and Associate Laboratory Director at Brookhaven National Laboratory. At BNL, he leads the Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science and Nonproliferation Directorate. Schoonen joined Stony Brook University's Geosciences Department in 1989 after receiving a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Penn State. In 2006, he was appointed Dean of Stony Brook Southampton and led the development of sustainability curriculum, now offered through the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University.  


Dr. Chris Sellers

Sustainability Studies and Humanities Institute, Fall, 2014. Public Roundtable: “A Conversation about Narratives of Environmental Danger and Disaster.”

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Sellers is a professor of history at Stony Brook University. He is a historian, physician and has authored several books and articles focusing on the topics of environment, culture and health, particularly in the modern United States, including the award-winning The Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press) . Sellers’ most recent work has involved conducting interviews for a comparative study of smelter and oil refinery towns in Texas and Mexico, The Uneven Development of Industrial Hazards: Lead and Oil in the U.S. versus Mexico, a project supported by a National Science Foundation grant. 






Dr. Marianne Sullivan

Sustainability Studies and Humanities Institute, Fall, 2014. Public Roundtable: “A Conversation about Narratives of Environmental Danger and Disaster.”

Dr. Marianne Sullivan is an assistant professor of public health at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She is also a historian and served as an epidemiologist for Public Health-Seattle and King County in Washington. Sullivan has recently completed a valuable work on the historical impacts of several smelters across the United States, titled Tainted Earth: Smelters, Public Health, and the Environment (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She is the recipient of several grants, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed public health journals.   



Dr. Kate Brown

Sustainability Studies and Humanities Institute, Fall, 2014. Public Roundtable: “A Conversation about Narratives of Environmental Danger and Disaster.”

Dr. Kate Brown is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the author of several award-winning books, including, most recently, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013) , an important study of the post-World War II nuclear industry in the United States and USSR. Brown is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded several grants to help facilitate her work and research. Her next book, Dispatches from Distopia,a collection of essays, will be published in early 2015. 



Patti J. Wood

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2014. Lecture: “Living in an Increasingly Toxic World: How to Stay Healthy and Promote Positive Change.”

Patricia (Patti) J. Wood is founder and executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the health risks of common environmental exposures. Wood also serves as a visiting scholar at Adelphi University, lecturing on the environment and related health issues in the College of Nursing and Public Health. She has directed and co-produced several documentary films, has written a book and co-hosts a radio show—all focused on aspects of environmental health and safety.

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Rachel Clark

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2014. Lecture: “On Fukushima.”

Rachel Clark is a Japanese independent interpreter, co-founder of nonprofit startup “ABLE” and volunteer staff member of Peace Boat U.S. (New York Office). She holds a degree in international studies from Ramapo College in New Jersey. Clark has translated for several important official figures, from former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan at the Coalition Against Nukes Symposium in October 2013 and Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City, Okinawa (Japan) on his official visits to Washington D.C., in the spring of 2014.

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Leona Morgan

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2014. Lecture: “Uranium Mining on Indigenous Lands Past and Present.”

Leona Morgan is a Diné (Navajo) organizer who, since 2007, has worked with several community groups based in the American Southwest and focused on addressing the impacts of past uranium mining and the threats of new uranium mining operations in New Mexico. In 2014, she co-founded a network called “Diné No Nukes,” an initiative meant to nurture wide-scale awareness on the issues of nuclear and uranium development in the Navajo “Four Corners” region through educational and political actions.

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Dr. Heidi Hutner

Sustainability Studies and Humanities Institute, Fall, 2014. Public Roundtable: “A Conversation about Narratives of Environmental Danger and Disaster.”

Dr. Heidi Hutner is director of the Sustainability Studies Program and a professor of environmental humanities at Stony Brook University. One of her recent and ongoing projects has been to interview victims of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Hutner is author of several books and articles, including two coming works: The Ecology of Education, which explores Hutner’s journey into environmental teaching as well as her ecological pedagogy, and Nowhere: An Atomic Memoir, a tale of mothers and daughters, healing and redemption, set against the backdrop of anti-nuclear activism in the 1960s. 



Kristen Iversen

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2014. Lecture: “Life in the Shadow of America’s Nuclear Bomb Factory.”

Kristen Iversen, PhD, heads the PhD program in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati. She is an award-winning author whose most recent book, Full Body Burden, tells the story of her childhood growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret and highly contaminated nuclear weapons plant. In this book, Iversen explores the issues of human rights and health, government corruption and toxic/radioactive contamination.

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Desi K. Robinson

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2014. Lecture: “My Health GPS: An Urban Belle Navigates Environment, Race, Food Justice and Lip Gloss.”

Desi K. Robinson is a health and lifestyle journalist, arts educator, “diva” farmer and urban belle. She uses media to educate on overall wellness from the consumption of food to the consumption of media images. Her media and wellness projects explore the intersections of art, culture, race, politics, health, gender and the environment. Robinson is the host of Women in the Making: Tomorrow's History Today, a health and lifestyle show that speaks to and from the perspective of today's girl.    



Dr. David Cassuto

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2014. Lecture: “Environment, Ethics and the Factory Farm.”

David N. Cassuto works as Professor of Law and Director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) at Pace Law School. He teaches in the areas of property, professional responsibility, animal law, water law, international comparative law and legal and environmental theory. A former professor of English and specializing in literature and the environment, Cassuto has published and lectured widely on legal, literary and environmental issues. 



  Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2013. Lecture: “Chemical Exposure and Human Health.”

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is a trained ecologist and award-winning author who uses her knowledge of science and writing prowess to enlighten the public to environmental issues. Dr. Steingraber advocates for environmental health and safety; in her work she explores the connections between human disease and environmental degradation, including problems related to chemical contamination, climate change, and shale gas extraction, also known as “fracking.”



Dr. Michel Gelobter

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2013. Lecture: “Environment, Justice & Innovation: What Makes a Sustainable Planet?”

Dr. Michel Gelobter is one of the country’s leading sustainability and climate strategists, having worked for more than 25 years in business, policy, research and advocacy on energy, environmental and social policy. He is founder and Chairman of the Board of Cooler, a for-profit social venture whose mission is to connect every consumer purchase to a solution for global warming, and Chief Green Officer at Hara, the fastest growing provider of environmental and energy management solutions. 



Dr. Joni Adamson

Sustainability Studies, Fall, 2013. Lecture: “Hometree: Blockbuster Films, Climate Justice and the Environmental Humanities.”

Joni Adamson is a writer and environmental scholar whose work explains the effects of rapid environmental change and widening social inequalities caused by climate change. She is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Program Faculty in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, and an Affiliate of Women and Gender Studies and Director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University.



  Dr. Michael Dorsey

Sustainability Studies, Spring, 2013.Lecture: “Environmental Justice and Climate.”

Dr. Michael Dorsey is an internationally recognized expert on global governance and sustainability. He has provided tactical guidance and intelligence to governments, foundations, firms and others on environmental, economic and political matters. Dorsey presently works as the Interim-Program Director for the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, based in Washington, D.C.

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 Visiting Artists  




Two-time Emmy-Award filmmaker Dave Chameides, also known as,  “Sustainability Dave,” worked with students in Dr. Hutner’s SBC 325: Environmental Writing, Media and Filmmaking class, in Spring Semester, 2014.

Here is the link to the students’ films: http://vimeo.com/groups/254026

In describing Dave’s work as an environmentalist who advocates for zero waste, Brian Walsh of TIME Magazine writes: "Chameides shows that what we really need to do is simply slow down and think about the waste we're creating, and the easy ways to reduce it, before we end up knee deep in our own garbage. ‘People ask me, 'Why are you doing this?' he says. ‘It's because I want to know more about what my waste footprint is. I don't want to be part of the problem, but part of the solution.’ That's a sentiment that even average Americans should be able to agree to part with."

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