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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

September/October 2016
Ready to Rendezvous?
Join us this Friday, September 9, at the Pyle Center for our annual fall gathering. Catch up with old friends, meet fellow alumni, and chat with Nelson Institute students, faculty and staff.

An Investiture Ceremony will kick off the event at 5:00 p.m. There, the institute will formally invest the named Professors and Chair recently established via the Morgridge Match and generous philanthropy.

Don't forget to RSVP!
Holloway to lead NASA Health and Air Quality Initiative
Tracey Holloway, a Nelson Institute professor, has been tapped by NASA to lead the Health and Air Quality Initiative -- a multi-institutional effort to help make environmental satellite data more accessible and useful.

“The U.S. spends hundreds of millions of dollars to have these great systems in place,” says Holloway. “The idea is to help users get a sense of what's in the air, how it is changing, and inform decision-making around the best quality data.” Read more.
Four months left to join Centennial Circle!
2016 is a special year for the Nelson Institute: it's the 100th anniversary of Gaylord Nelson’s birth, and we celebrated our 10th annual Earth Day Conference.

In honor of these milestones, we created the Centennial Circle – an honorary giving circle for all donors who make a gift to the Earth Day Event Fund during the 2016 calendar year.

We invite you to help us celebrate our legacy and ensure the future success of our signature event.

Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated!

Join us for Jordahl on October 10 @ 7PM
Don't miss this year's Jordahl Public Lands Lecture, featuring Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service.

Since Jarvis was confirmed as the 18th director of the National Park Service in 2009, he has reinvigorated the agency's role as an international advocate for protected areas. He is also a recognized world leader in cultural and natural resource management.
Learn more.
Fall public lectures explore energy poverty, race and environment
Two special lectures, both free and open to the public, will explore daunting environmental topics this fall.

Tisha Schuller, strategic advisor to the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, will speak about energy poverty on Oct. 26.

And on Nov. 3, Lauret Savoy, author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, will explore how history and our ideas of race have left their marks on the land.
Earth Day 2017: Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse
End-of-the-world scenarios are as popular as ever, with environmental themes taking center stage in blockbuster movies and speculative fiction.

What role do climate change, mass extinction, and emerging diseases play in driving our social anxieties and popular culture? And what role does popular culture play in understanding these challenges?

Save the date - April 18, 2017 - for a provocative exploration of our fascination with apocalyptic ideas and our power to create a just and livable future.