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AESS's 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference
"Confronting Complexity"
Hosted by the University of Vermont
June 23-26, 2011
urlington, Vermont

AESS recognizes and embraces complexity as the hallmark of our field. Social, physical, biological and ideological factors in environmental problems are intricately linked, and environmental problems are so tightly interconnected that addressing one invariably affects others, limiting our predictive capacity, and challenging the assumptions embedded in our models of natural and social phenomena.  Engaging in dialogues about complexity presents challenges in both classroom and public sphere. Confronting complexity is critical to our ability to develop effective responses, which is why we have chosen this them for our upcoming meeting.


Featured Announcements:
 º U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is now CONFIRMED!
º Students take note! AESS 2011 will feature the 2nd Annual AESS Outstanding Student Presentation Award. Students submitting abstracts for symposium presentations will be considered for the award. The recipient will receive a 2012 AESS membership and registration to the 2012 AESS conference!
º AESS 2011 is proud to feature the Vermont premier of the documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our TimeThe film will be shown at the University of Vermont's Silver Maple Ballroom (4th floor of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center; map link below), at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 24.  This event is free and open to the public (no conference registration is required for this event only!).  A panel conversation with Leopold scholar and film narrator Curt Meine as well as other guests will follow the showing at 8:45 pm.  Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.  The film seeks to provide viewers with a basic historical biography of Aldo Leopold while simultaneously surveying the contemporary relevance and creative evolution of the conservation ethic that Leopold defined.

Plenary Addresses by
Climatologist Heidi Cullen and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (now confirmed)




About the Conference Host:


The University of Vermont, the state’s land grant institution, is one of the top green universities in the United States.  It offers numerous environmental majors and is home to 10,000 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, and 1,300 faculty.  Located in Burlington, Vermont, the campus and green conference venue are perched on a hill and look west across Lake Champlain to the Adirondacks and east to the Green Mountains.  Downtown is a short shuttle ride or walk from campus with easy access to shops and restaurants.  Burlington is the largest metropolitan area in Vermont and has received high ratings for livability, sustainability, and cultural engagement.

Last updated on January 31, 2011