This week in LO Reads: PSU scientist, backyard habitats, more
LO Reads season is in full swing!
With dozens of events scheduled around this year's book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," the Review will be your guide each week so you won't miss anything. Check out this week's list of events:
Thursday, Feb. 13: Climate Change, Rising Seas and Life in Southern Louisiana (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego City Hall council chamber, 380 A Ave.)
As a geologist, Professor Scott Burns has been studying changing climates for the past 50 years. One of his research areas has been climatic warming and sea-level rise. Join this popular Portland State University scientist for a firsthand view of the topics included in "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," including the impact of rising sea levels on life in Southern Louisiana as he experienced it while teaching there for eight years.
Burns is a professor emeritus of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University and has been teaching for over 48 years with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. He has authored over 100 publications and has had over 25 research grants. His BS and MS degrees are from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in geology is from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Book Discussion at LOPL (10:30-11:30 a.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
You are invited to join the conversation and share your experience reading this year's book. Meet with other community members and a facilitator from the Lake Oswego Library.
Monday, Feb. 17: Changes in the Land (7-8:30 p.m. at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St.)
Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham will examine the impact of Euro-American settlement in Oregon in this illustrated lecture that connects directly with "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore." Among the topics he'll cover: logging, lumbering, log transport by water, farming, river channelization, harbor dredging, jetty construction, imposition of the cadastral (grid) survey system, dams and reservoirs, suppression of fire ecology, invasive species, mining-tailings-runoff from mine shafts, uranium processing, unexploded ordnance (Boardman Bombing Range), power line and natural gas pipeline corridors, interstate highways and urbanization. He'll also use baseline, primary documents to reconstruct the historic landscape of the Willamette River from the Columbia confluence to Willamette Falls. Presented by the Oswego Heritage Council.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Deep Water with Author Ruby McConnell (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
Writer and geologist Ruby McConnell presents "Deep Water," a discussion of the policies, politics, and attitudes that have shaped Oregonian's relationship to the shoreline and response to climate change.
Ruby McConnell is a writer, geologist and environmental advocate living and writing in the Pacific Northwest. Her work examining the relationships between landscape and the human experience won an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in 2016 and has been published in Grain Literary Magazine, Entropy, Oregon Humanities, Complex Online, Huff Post, Mother Earth News, Grow Magazine, Seattle Backpackers and Misadventures Magazine, among others. Her first book, "A Woman's Guide to the Wild," was published in 2015 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The companion volume, "A Girl's Guide to the Wild," was released in 2019. A collection of her essays entitled "Ground Truth" is due out in the spring of 2020 via Overcup Books. You can almost always find her in the woods.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Backyard Habitat Certification Program (11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive)
Hear site technician, master gardener and master naturalist Cindy Ellison explain the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which is managed by a partnership between The Portland Audubon Society and The Columbia Land Trust. This unique program supports urban gardeners in their efforts to create natural backyard habitats and make cities a healthier place for ourselves and for wildlife. Presented by Lake Oswego Women's Coalition. Registration required: 503-479-2374; cost is $20 for lunch.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Racial Justice is Climate Justice (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
There's been a lot of discussion about "climate justice" and how global warming disproportionally affects communities of color. In this special presentation, 350PDX's Anissa Pemberton will explore how racial injustice and climate injustice intersect and what climate justice activists can do to push forward a just transition away from fossil fuels.
— The Review
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