7:00 pm

Safe and Free? The Case Against a Civil Liberties Tradeoff

Devon Chafee from the NH Civil Liberties Union will be unpacking the assumption that the goals of advancing civil liberties and protecting national security are necessarily counter-balanced. Focusing on US counterterrorism efforts in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Chaffee will address the costs and effectiveness of federal national security policies that implicate individual rights.

Devon Chaffee is the executive director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and is the former legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC.

  • November 17, 7 p.m.
  • Smith Recital Hall of the Silver Center for the Arts

4:00 pm

Integrating Bottom Up Knowledge into a Top Down Organization: A Story of Sustainability Efforts at the US Army Corps of Engineers

Through a case study of flood management projects, Professor Shannon Rogers will discuss the utility of integrating operator level knowledge into U.S. Army Corps Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiatives. Using site visit and semi-structured interview approach, 12 flood management projects in New England were explored.

  • Shannon Rogers, Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

7:00 pm

The Women's Studies Council hosts a showing and discussion of the documentary "Miss Representation."

  • Wednesday, November 4, 7-9:30 p.m. 
  • Boyd 144

7:00 pm

Sidore Lecture Series

Freedom vs. Security: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, National Security, and the Law

From 19th-century anarchists to 21st-century jihadists, all terrorist groups and movements utilize mainstream and alternative media to publicize their grievances, imperatives, and appeals to potential followers. In this respect, nothing has changed in the last 150 years—except for the advances in communication technology. More here.

  • Brigitte Nacos from Columbia University
  • November 2, 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts

12:00 pm

In 1692, 19 people were executed in Salem, MA, and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. In some venues in Salem, one can still hear the echoes of the cries of raucous spectators shouting "Hang her!" In her Lunch & Learn session, Professor Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.

Register here for this spooky Lunch & Learn!

  • October 29, 2015, noon
  • The Common Man, Concord, NH
  • Guest speaker: Dr. Robin DeRosa, PSU professor of English and
    interdisciplinary studies
  • Find more fall alumni events here.

12:30 pm

Plymouth State Professor Katherine C. Donahue will talk about her latest book, Steaming to the North, which discusses in detail a collection of photographs taken during the 1886 voyage of the Revenue Marine Cutter Bear from San Francisco to Point Barrow, Alaska. The photographs were discovered under the porch of a New Hampshire professor and donated to Plymouth State University. The book was co-authored by the late PSU Professor David C. Switzer.

  • Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Lamson Library and Learning Commons
  • All are welcome to attend this brown-bag lunch event. Dessert will be provided.
  • For more information, click here.

10:00 am

Join Congresswoman Annie Kuster, PSU faculty members Pat Cantor and Stephanie Halter, and community experts for a roundtable discussion about issues facing Granite State families. The session is based on Congresswoman Kuster's “Working Families” agenda. The goal is to engage in discussion and seek feedback on issues such as soaring child care costs, lack of access to family leave, health care, college affordability, and workforce development.

  • Thursday, October 15, 10-11 a.m.
  • Plymouth State University Center for Young Children and Families

4:00 pm

Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Disturbance

New Hampshire’s forests have a rich history of harvesting for timber, fuel, agriculture, and suburbanization. This talk will look back at the hydrologic evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries to understand how large-scale forest harvesting likely impacted the hydrology of New Hampshire’s watersheds. A major focus of the talk will be on the resilience of the forests to maintain hydrologic function. Such information is vital to making sound decisions about our water resources in the future.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd 001
  • Presented by Mark Green, CFE/ESP and USFS

10:00 am

Plymouth State University invites you to consider the power of philanthropy with Carrie Morgridge, philanthropist and author of Every Gift Matters: How Your Passion Can Change the World.

Featuring a roundtable discussion with:

  • Rick Brenner ’94, president of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and corporate philanthropist
  • Linda Gray ’78, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, NH Charitable Foundation
  • Carrie and John D. Morgridge ’85, Vice President and President of the Morgridge Family Foundation
  • Nick Vailas ’75, philanthropist and entrepreneur

Please join us today at 10 a.m. in PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts.


6:00 pm

Sally Jean Jensen is a NASA New Horizons Educator Fellow and was present with the team during the historic flyby of Pluto. She will be presenting the goals of the mission, the obstacles faced, the amazing images, and the data still coming back.

  • Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Mark Sylvestre Planetarium (first floor of Boyd Science Center)
  • Free and appropriate for all ages
  • For more info, contact Dennis Machnik at 535-2748.