2016-2017 Academic Theme: Climate Change

The Annual Academic Theme: An Introduction

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Since its inception in 1994, the University of Maine at Augusta theme has brought our communities together for numerous activities and programs. Beginning in 2006, an annual colloquium of faculty members has chosen the theme and a corresponding reading to share with other faculty, students, staff, and the larger community. We feature discussions in and outside of our classes and organize events in order to promote larger conversations about the theme. These events have provided a platform for multiple voices to be heard on such significant topics as health and social justice, immigration, and bioethics.

The UMA Colloquium is pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 academic theme is climate change. One of the most important issues of our era, climate change refers to major changes in temperature, precipitation, and other weather patterns, that occur over several decades or longer. There is broad-based scientific agreement that climate change is primarily due to human activities, including the widespread use of fossil fuels, that release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This year presents a significant opportunity to explore and discuss the causes and effects of climate change, but also how individual and collective efforts can make a difference.

A component of this year’s academic theme will be the adoption of a single theme-related book by a number of classes across the curriculum: Philippe Squarzoni’s Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science, which employs the medium of long-form comics.

Thanks to all the faculty colloquium participants this year: Kati Corlew, Amy Hinkley, Lester French, Robert Bernheim, Elizabeth Powers, Carey Clark, Sarah Hentges, Lorien Lake-Corral, Connie Holden, Susan Baker, Ellen Taylor and Pete Milligan.


Lisa Botshon
Colloquium Chair