Ben Goldfarb to give November 5 "Lecture at the Nexus"

Picture of beaver reading Mr. Goldfarb's book

Award-Winning Environmental Journalist, Ben Goldfarb, to Lecture at UM Monday, November 5, 2018

Award-winning environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb will launch the "Lecture at the Nexus" series at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Thompson Auditorium of UM’s Gilkey Executive Education Building. He will present “Beavers: Their Landscape, Our Future,” with a reception in the foyer outside the auditorium to follow at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Goldfarb’s UM visit is co-sponsored by the UM Office of the Provost and School of Journalism, with additional support from the National Wildlife Federation.

Earlier that day at noon, Goldfarb also will lead a Nexus Forum with a UM faculty panel titled “Water Availability in a Changing Climate” in the Ainslie Networking Lounge, located in the lower level of the Gilkey Building. His fellow panelists will be Dr. Ashley Ballantyne of the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, Dr. Elizabeth Metcalf of the Department of Society and Conservation, and Dr. Andrew Wilcox from the Department of Geosciences.

Goldfarb has written for Orion Magazine, The Guardian, Science, The Washington Post, Outside and Scientific American, among other outlets. He is the author of “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.” The Washington Post call’s Mr. Goldfarb’s book a “humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents” and a “masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world”.

“We are excited that Ben is coming to speak at UM,” said UM BRIDGES Program Coordinator Alisa Wade. “His work provides an excellent example of how science writing can be funny, relevant and inspire action.”

The “Lecture at the Nexus” series is hosted by UM BRIDGES, an interdisciplinary graduate training program that prepares future leaders to advance societally relevant science at the nexus of water-energy-food systems. Water-energy-food systems are inherently interconnected, forming a nexus that is critical to societies, economies and ecologies around the globe. UM BRIDGES brings together researchers, students and practitioners from across the UM campus that seek to translate science to action in part through improved science communication.

Wade said the inaugural “Lecture at the Nexus” speaker will provide an example of engaging and entertaining science communication, focusing on the importance of beavers as landscape engineers with critical implications for water-energy-food systems across their range.

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