University Honors Program Presents Judith Kimerling
Professor of Environmental Law and Policy
Political Science Department and Environmental Studies Program
The City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College
Environmental Protection, Human Rights, and the Thirst for Oil in Ecuador: Indigenous Homelands and Rainforests on the Line
7pm, Thursday, November 29
Spencer Honors House (1190 Tenth Avenue South)
Beverages & light hors d'oeuvres provided.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
After graduating from University of Michigan and Yale Law School, Judith Kimerling worked for seven years as an environmental litigator, including five years as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State, where she worked on the Love Canal litigation and other hazardous waste cleanup litigation and negotiations. In 1989, she moved to Ecuador and worked with indigenous organizations in the Amazon Rainforest to document the environmental and social impacts of oil development there. Her findings and photographs first placed concerns about the impact of oil production on indigenous peoples and the environment in tropical forests on the international environmental and human rights policy agendas. Her book Amazon Crude was called “the Silent Spring of Ecuador” by The New York Times. In the U.S., it prompted a historic class action lawsuit, Aguinda v. Texaco, Inc., which led to related proceedings in Ecuador and other fora that raise many issues of importance to legal scholars and practitioners around the world.
Kimerling received The Field Museum's 2007 Parker/Gentry Award for excellence and Innovation in Conservation/Environmental Biology for "her courageous and relentless work on behalf of indigenous peoples, riverine communities, and vast intact forests in the headwaters of the Amazon." In 2011, she was awarded the Albertson Medal in Sustainable Development for "her defense of the Amazon rainforest and the human communities that depend on it for their culture and survival." She has been a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School and has received a Special Achievement Award from Rainforest Action Network and a Feliks Gross Endowment Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement from the CUNY Academy for Humanities and Sciences.
Currently, Professor Kimerling serves as international counsel for Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (Ome Yasuni), an alliance of indigenous Huaorani (Waorani) communities who came together to protect a 758,051-hectare area of rainforest known as “The Intangible Zone.” Additionally, she is co-counsel for a group of Huaorani plaintiffs who earlier this year filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York to protect the interests of the Huaorani in the Aguinda lawsuit. And in the state of Alaska, Kimerling serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of REDOIL, a network of Alaska Natives who work to promote sustainable development.
The Mathematics of the Rubik's Cub
Dr. Mihai Stoiciu
Professor of Mathematics, Williams College
November 9, 2:30-3:30pm CH 405
Abstract: One of the most popular puzzles ever invented, the Rubik's
cube, hides a remarkable number of important mathematical concepts and
ideas. The 43 quintillion configurations possible on a standard 3x3x3
cube can be organized in an interesting algebraic structure, the
Rubik's cube group. Using simple ideas and tools from modern
algebra, we will describe the structure of the Rubik's cube group and
outline a method for solving any configuration.
UAB Piano Series 2012-2013: Lugansky, Shtarkman, Daneshpour
The UAB Piano Series this season will feature performances by world-class pianists Nikolai Lugansky on Oct. 28, 2012, Alexander Shtarkman on Jan. 13, 2013, and Sara Daneshpour on March 10, 2013.
Performances in the UAB Piano Series are held at 4 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for UAB students with valid I.D. Season tickets for all three performances are available. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. The UAB Piano Series is presented by the UAB Department of Music; visit the department online at www.uab.edu/music.
Lugansky, set to perform Sunday, Oct. 28, is among the world’s top five pianists, says UAB Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, D.M.A. Born to research scientists in Moscow, Lugansky’s musical ability shone brightly at an early age. When he was only five, before he had even been taught to read music, he went to a neighbor’s house and played a Beethoven sonata from memory, having learned the music by ear. He won first prize in the All-Union Competition in Tbilisi in 1988 and the silver medal at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. In 1990 he took second prize at Moscow’s Rachmaninoff Competition. He was awarded “Best Pianist” in 1992 at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Austria. In 1994, after recovering from back and foot injuries sustained in an accident, and after the death of his teacher, he won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition.