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Speakers Program

The Speakers Program is a 2-credit course in Landscape Studies (LSS 100). It is offered as S/NC only and may be taken twice for credit. Three short papers and weekly readings related to the speakers' topics are required.

For more information, e-mail Reid Bertone-Johnson, Ann Leone or Steve Moga

Landscape, Design, and the Environment

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 7, 2017
Reid Bertone-Johnson, Studio Instructor/Field Station Manager, Lecturer, Landscape Studies, Smith College

"Landscape Experience and Perspective: Providing a basis for sorting truth from fiction and adaption to new realities"

September 14, 2017

Niall Kirkwood

"Flying Toilets and Oyster Shells: Landscape Design Practices for the New Environmental Reality"

September 21, 2017

The Mitia S. Sawhill Lecture Fund presents:

Carolyn Finney, Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky

"Reclaiming Our Time: Black Faces, White Spaces and the Possibility of Us"

September 28, 2017

LSS 100 Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burk-Emeritus Biological Sciences presents:

Diane Pataki, Professor of Biology, Associate Dean for Research, University of Utah

"Landscaping Choices in the American West: What's Next After the California Drought?"

October 5, 2017

Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

"Data not Dogma: finding a better future for nature by questioning cherished conservation fables"

October 12, 2017

Denise McKahn, Professor of Engineering, Smith College



October 19, 2017

The Mitia S. Sawhill Lecture Fund presents:


Joan Iverson Nassauer, FASLA, Professor University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment


"Evidence: Ground for Creativity in the Landscape of Detroit"

October 26, 2017

Charles Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns, Brainerd, MN


November 2, 2017




November 9, 2017

Janet Milne, Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute, South Royalton, VT

"Combating the Climate Change Hoax: State Policy Swords and Shields"

November 16, 2017

Jungyoon Kim, Founder and Principal of PARKKIM, Landscape Architects, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Visiting Design Critic, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Design School, 2017-2018

"Alternative Nature: the ideas and works of PARKIM"

November 30, 2017

Richard N. Palmer, University Director of the DOI Northeast Climate Center, UMass-Amherst

"What Unexpected Things to Begin to Expect: Climate Change Impacts in the Northeast"

December 7, 2017

Leigh Graham, Department of Public Management, John Jay College



December 14, 2017                                                   Danielle McKahn, Project Manager, DevelopSpringfield




Additional information will be posted as it becomes available

LSS 100/Speakers Program meets in Weinstein Auditorium-Wright Hall from 3:00 - 4:50 pm. The Smith College community is welcome to attend.