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The Mid-Maine Global Forum contributes to the local community’s understanding of issues of global significance by organizing and disseminating informed public presentations and discussion.

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Friday, August 8

Dinner program

Colby College

   Professor Judith Shapiro

American University

     “As China Goes, So Goes the Planet.”

China’s huge environmental challenges are significant for us all. They affect not only the health and well-being of China but the very future of the planet. Noted China specialist and environmentalist Judith Shapiro will speak about China’s struggle to achieve sustainable development against a backdrop of acute rural poverty and soaring middle class consumption. Drawing on a lifetime of living and traveling in China, she will pay particular attention to the role of environmental NGOs and the challenges posed by the displacement of environmental harm to vulnerable populations, both within China and at the transnational level.

Dr. Judith Shapiro is on the faculty of the Global Environmental Politics program and directs the Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) with University for Peace in Costa Rica. She first visited China in 1977 and has been deeply involved with the country ever since. She is the author of China’s Environmental Challenges (Polity 2012), Mao’s War against Nature (Cambridge 2001) and the co-author of Son of the Revolution (Knopf 1983) and other books on China. Her website is www.judithshapiro.com. She has a PhD in International Relations, American University; MA in Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley; MA in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana; BA in Anthropology and East Asian studies, Princeton University.

                    Place:  Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Colby College

(See campus map at http://www.colby.edu) Park at rear of building.

 Time:  6:15  Wine/Beer Reception

7:00  Dinner followed by Keynote Address and Q & A

Choice of Entree:

Sautéed Tilapia with Crusted Parmesan and Chive Butter Sauce, or

Boneless Beef Short Ribs braised in a Tarragon and Red Wine Reduction, or

Portobello Mushroom layered with Zucchini, Spinach, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Polenta and Mozzarella on Roasted Tomato Coulis

Wine will be served with the dinner.   Price: $30 per person

                                As seating is limited, please RSVP to rsvp@midmaineglobalforum.org or call 859-4730 as soon as possible to let us know your choice of dinner entree, and if you have a seating preference.

Please send a check, payable to “Mid-Maine Global Forum,” by Tuesday, August 5th to:

Teresa Van Deventer

Special Programs

4730 Mayflower Hill

Waterville, ME 04901

We look forward to sharing an enjoyable and enriching evening with you!

September 18 Rem Center 11:45

Jennifer Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Storage for Climate Change Mitigation

 ABSTRACT: Carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere and its permanent storage involve a portfolio of techniques, some more intrusive and more speculative than others, aimed at reducing further global warming. The scale by which CO2 must be mitigated worldwide dwarfs the existing chemical industry, making utilization of COas a chemical feedstock a minor component of the portfolio of mitigation options. Carbon capture and storage is one strategy that could potentially mitigate gigatons of COemissions per year, provided geological storage of CO2 is feasible. The scale and energy requirements associated with CO2 separation processes will be presented. Strategies based upon adsorption and catalytic membrane separation processes in particular, will be of focus, as will reliable storage.

Jennifer Wilcox is an assistant professor of Energy Resources Engineering and head of the Clean Conversion Laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Emmet Interdisciplinary Program for the Environment and Resources. She received an NSF Career Award in 2005 and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2009. Her research efforts include sorbent design and testing for carbon and trace metal capture from fossil fuels, adsorption studies of CO2 on coal and gas shales, and membrane design for N2 and Hseparations. Wilcox earned a BA in mathematics from Wellesley College and an MA in physical chemistry and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. She recently authored the first textbook on Carbon Capture. In addition, she has served on several study groups including the American Physical Society to the National Academy of Sciences to investigate CO2 mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Lunch plans will be announced in early September.

Tuesday, October 28

11:30 lunch, 12 pm program

Professor George Markowsky

The Leeke-Shaw Lecture at the Margaret Chase Smith Library

Professor George Markowsky is at the  University of Maine  and the “Bangor Forum.” He will talk about cyber warfare.

Details to be announced as the program is finalized.