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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dr. Gonzalez-Murphy to Present NYS Immigration Policies and Programs

Dr. Laura Valeria Gonzalez-Murphy is the Director of NYS Office of New Americans.  She will be a featured luncheon speaker on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 12:00 during the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  Dr. Gonzalez-Murphy will present efforts to design and launch sustainable initiatives in response to fluctuating immigration flows, during times of relative receptiveness to immigrants, and during periods of highly restrictive national policies.  The last two years have entailed formidable challenges for immigrants in New York State, particularly in the upstate areas, where services are limited.  Dr. Gonzalez-Murphy will discuss these challenges and programs available in the region.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jennifer Hushaw Shakun to be a Featured Speaker at 2019 Annual Conference

Jennifer Hushaw Shakun will present: “Science and Research - Private Working Forests as Part of the Climate Change Solution" on Wednesday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m.     Jennifer is an Applied Forest Scientist with Manomet, a not-for-profit dedicated to applying science and engaging people to sustain the world. Within Manomet’s Climate Services Program, Jennifer works closely with landowners and land managers in the Climate Smart Land Network (CSLN) and provides guidance on strategies for reducing climate-related risk to managed forests. She is responsible for synthesizing the latest research about projected climate change, identifying the opportunities and challenges these changes pose for forest ecosystems, and working with CSLN members to integrate this science into their forest management and planning.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Award Winning Journalist Stephanie Hanes to Keynote 2019 Annual Conference on the Adirondacks!

Over the past decade, environmental practitioners have increasingly recognized the importance of communicating their research, expertise and goals to lay audiences.  But in many areas, particularly in the world’s most vulnerable regions, these efforts have done little to change behavior. Practitioners often look to solve this problem by focusing on the complicated forces they see blocking environmentally positive behavior changes – a lack of education, for instance, or perverse economic motivators.  But what if the problem is more foundational?  Stephanie Hanes, a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee and reporter on conservation in Africa, argues that undercutting many environmental efforts is a disconnect that stems from the earliest stages of conceiving and articulating problematics; a clash of world narratives that leads to lackluster results at best, and at worst results in exacerbated violence to the land and those who live on it.

Stephanie Hanes, Yale College ’00 (ES), is a regular correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and an award-winning journalist whose stories have appeared in The Washington PostUSA TodayThe Baltimore SunSmithsonian, and PBS NewsHour. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and by a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation. Her first book, White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa, came out in 2017. She teaches the Sharp Journalism Seminar at the College of William and Mary, another partner of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium network, and lives in Western Massachusetts.
The 2019 Annual Conference on the Adirondacks is May 22-23, 2019 at the Lake Placid Conference Center.  Stephanie's keynote is scheduled for Wednesday May 22 at 8:45,  Complete program and registration will be available shortly.