Fall Events


Hike to Easton Glacier: A Mt. Baker Retreating Glacier

Sunday, September 15
Carpool leaves from WWU 12A parking lot 8 AM sharp

Want a firsthand view of what glacial recession means? Hike with Dr. Doug Clark, WWU Geology professor and glacial expert, to a research monitoring site in a long-term study of glacial response to climate changes. The hike to the foot of Easton Glacier on the south side of Mount Baker begins beyond Baker Lake at Schreiber Meadow trailhead and is 3 miles one way with a 1,600' elevation gain. Rewarding views and evolving landscapes add to fascinating facts about the areas' geologic history and recent changes.


Panel Discussion #1:
Environmental Science and Ethics

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Academic Instruction West 204
7:00pm – 8:30pm, Village Books, Fairhaven

Join a diverse group of panelists with expertise in environmental studies and science as they discuss the scientific and ethical issues raised in Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North.

Andy Bunn, Environmental Sciences, Huxley College of the Environment

Andy Bunn, Associate Professor and Director of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies, conducts research around global climate change and energy. He is currently working on research projects on paleoclimate issues and carbon cycling with the Polaris Project, which takes researchers and undergraduates to the Siberian tundra each summer.

Chris Linder, professional science photographer & filmmaker

Chris Linder’s education and training as an oceanographer gives him a special insight into photographing scientific fieldwork. Linder focuses on communicating the stories of scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctic. He has documented dozens of expeditions and has spent nearly two years exploring the Polar Regions. His images have appeared in the Smithsonian, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, and Wired.

Grace Wang, Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment

Associate Professor Grace Wang’s research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management, community–based resource management, and cultural resources management. Her work involves her in evaluating how organizations can maintain sustainable human and ecological communities in light of changing conservation laws.

Panel Discussion #2:
Social Justice

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Academic Instruction West 204
7:00pm – 8:30pm, Village Books, Fairhaven

Be a part of the discussion as a panel of educators and researchers discuss the ethical and moral issues facing us as we respond to the impact of climate change on communities, future generations, and the Earth.

Sheila Webb, Journalism

Dr. Webb’s research centers on the cultural role of the media in creating community and in the representation of class and gender, particularly in magazines. A professor of mass media ethics, she was named a 2012 Legacy Scholar by the Arthur W. Page Center for Ethics in Public Communication.

Lauren McClanahan, Secondary Education

Dr. McClanahan’s work focuses on literacy and education for sustainable development.  A former middle school English teacher, Dr. McClanahan has worked with the Lower Kuskokwim School District of Southwest Alaska, encouraging students to document evidence of climate change in their villages.

Gary Bornzin, Fairhaven College

Dr. Bornzin has focused his attention and teaching on helping students address urgent global-scale problems associated with sustainability: human overpopulation, overconsumption, war and violence, inequitable distribution of power, wealth, food, and basic resources for living.  Particular interests include how to communicate across differences such as culture, religion, politics, language, and life experience.


chasing ice poster

Documentary: Chasing Ice

Saturday, November 9
4:00pm, Pickford Cinema

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.


Exhibit: Vanishing Ice

November 2 – March 2
Whatcom Museum

Comprised of 90 works of art, Vanishing Ice introduces the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by a changing climate. It traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice on artist's imaginations, and the connections between generations of artists over two centuries. Interweaving science, history and art, this exhibition encourages audiences to value alpine and polar environments for the preservation of biological and cultural diversity.

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