Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

Response to COVID-19: The in-person lectures have been cancelled. Please see each listing below to see if the lecture will be offered online, as a remote, web-based lecture.

Public lectures on coastal issues.

Sunrise_Mamaroneck_19Aug2013Lecture series is FREE and open to the public.

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lectures are held in the UConn Avery Point Auditorium, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT. From the Academic Building main entrance, the auditorium is on the second floor at end of hall (elevator is near the bookstore, allowing mobility disabled access to the back of auditorium); or enter through the Student Center, stairs are past Mort’s, auditorium is on the second floor (lift across from Mort’s is mobility disabled accessible, allowing access to the front of auditorium). Please email if you have questions about accommodations. [campus map]

This series is sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, UConn Department of Marine Sciences, UConn Maritime Studies Program and the UConn Avery Point Campus Director’s Office. 

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2020 Lecture Highlights

Please join us for our 24th season. This annual lecture series spans the breadth of human interactions with coastal waters, including speakers from the natural and social sciences as well as arts and humanities.

Download a printable version of the Coastal Perspectives Lecture schedule [CstlPersp2020_flyer].

Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 7:30 p.m. (film showing starts at 5:30 p.m.)

Thomas Bena, film director & founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

One Big Home: This is Not a Free Country – Zoning Matters!

Lecture begins at 7:30 and includes brief film clips. Join us in the auditorium from 5:30 to 7:00 to view the whole film. Wondering about dinner? Stop by Mort’s in the student center to grab a quick bite to eat prior to the film – please no food in the auditorium.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020; 7:30 p.m.

J. Evan Ward, Ph.D.; Department of Marine Sciences, UConn & Elizabeth Ellenwood, Master of Fine Arts Candidate, UConn

Visualizing Plastic: Integrating Science and Art to Inspire Change

Elizabeth Ellenwood’s exhibit, Among the Tides, is on view January 23 through March 15, 2020 at the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery, UConn Avery Point.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020; 7:30 p.m.

Penny Vlahos, Ph.D.; Department of Marine Sciences, UConn & Jamie Vaudrey, Ph.D.; Department of Marine Sciences, UConn

Citizen Science Beyond Borders – Connecting Regions

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020; 7:30 p.m. (cancelled, no remote-viewing option)

Margaret Gibson; Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Prof. Emerita, UConn & David K. Leff; Poet, Lecturer, Former Deputy Commissioner of CT DEEP

Rousing Ecological Imagination: Saving the Coast with Poetry

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020; 7:30 p.m. (offered online)

Joe Roman, Ph.D.; Gund Institute for Environment, UVM

Raising Whales: How the Recovery of Cetaceans Can Help Restore the Oceans

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Guidance on using WebEx (our online platform). JPG PDF

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020; 7:30 p.m. (cancelled, no remote-viewing option)

Melva Treviño Peña, Ph.D.; Department of Marine Affairs, URI

The Other Fishers of Rhode Island: An investigation of fishing practices and behaviors among racial and ethnic minority fishers in Rhode Island.

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Past lectures…

2019 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2018 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2017 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2016 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2015 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2014 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

2013 Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series