YSU energy, environment series features lectures, films

Emmy winner and Oscar-nominated filmmaker and activist Josh Fox will headline the fifth season of the Youngstown State University Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment

The series starts Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Wil Burns from the University of California Irvine School of Law on “Into the Great Wide Open: The Potential Promise and Perils of Climate Geoengineering” in room B100 of Cushwa Hall.

Ray Beiersdorfer, YSU distinguished professor of geology, started the free lecture series in 2013, sponsored in part by the YSU James Dale Ethics Center.

Other programs this year include:

• Sept. 12 — Rosanna Esparza of the Clean Water Fund on “Lost Hills California: the impact of oil and gas development on a fence line community.”

• Sept. 13 — Josh Fox, “The Truth Has Changed,” a live solo monologue tracing the arc of American political life from 9/11 to the Trump era. (room B112 Cushwa Hall)

• Sept. 19 — Ted Auch, FracTracker, on pipeline mapping and frac sand mining.

• Sept. 20 — Screening of the documentary “Invisible Hand,” followed by discussion (room B112 Cushwa Hall)

• Sept. 26 — “Living the Change” film screening and Skype discussion with the filmmakers: Antoinette Wilson (in New Zealand) and Jordan Osmond (in Australia). The movie explores solutions to many of today’s challenges through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

• Sept. 27 — “We The People 2.0” film screening and discussion. The movie is about the loss of democracy in the United States and how people are saving nature and themselves by regaining their rights to local lawmaking. (room B112 Cushwa Hall)

• Oct. 3 — Jimmy McWilson, Youngstown NAACP, on environmental justice and the NAACP.

• Oct. 10 — Dr. Deb Cowden, family medicine doctor, on the Ohio Health Registry.

• Oct. 17 — Janet Currie of Princeton University on “Fracking: Understanding the Costs and Benefits.”

• Oct. 24 — Susan Krumdieck, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, on “Energy Transition Engineering.”

• Oct. 31 — Dr. Ray’s Amazing Sideshow of Science — The Halloween Edition.

• Nov. 7 — Program on Implications of Yesterday’s Election for Energy and the Environment, an open panel discussion moderated by Beiersdorfer.

• Nov. 8 — Jon White, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and president / chief executive of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership on “Ocean & Climate vs. National & Global Security” at 12:30 p.m.

• Nov. 14 — Mack Frantz of West Virginia University on “Impacts of Fracking on the Louisiana Waterthrush in West Virginia.”

All programs start at 7 p.m. in room B100 of Cushwa Hall unless specified otherwise.

Admission is free, and free parking is available for evening events along Lincoln Avenue and nearby streets. For more information, contact Beiersdorfer at 330-941-1753 or ray@cc.ysu.edu.