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Hard Earth Speaker Series

Dean Chahim stands in front of screen with audience in front of him

One of the main elements of the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS) is Hard Earth, a series in which, every other week, a Stanford graduate student whose research points up a vexing dilemma about environmental sustainability gives a talk about this dilemma and how his or her work illuminates it. On the alternate weeks, students who have enrolled to take the full Hard Earth series as a one-unit course (CEE 126XYZ | EARTH 126XYZ) meet for a deeper discussion about the prior week’s presentation.

Hard Earth aims to connect the Stanford community, including undergraduates, with graduate students who are at the forefront of research relating to sustainability. Each quarter, the series features four talks by graduate students and one culminating talk by a recognized non-student sustainability expert. The series has gained widespread notice across campus among students, faculty, and staff who are interested in sustainability. The talks are open to the general campus community.

The graduate-student speakers represent a wide range of academic disciplines and research areas. Most talks are available for viewing on Roble Hall’s YouTube channel and reactions to these talks can be found on the Hard Earth blog.

Hard Earth: Climate Policy and Inequality

March 16, 2017
David Danielson | Managing Director, Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Former U.S. Assistant Energy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Arjuna Dibley and Vhoyma Jha profile photos
March 2, 2017
Arjuna Dibley and Vyoma Jha | Fellows, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies
Rolando Perez profile photo
February 16, 2017
Rolando Perez | PhD Student, Bioengineering
Jeannette Laramee profile photo
February 2, 2017
Jeannette Laramee | PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael Lepech profile photo
January 19, 2017
Michael Lepech | Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jeffrey Ball profile photo
December 8, 2016
Jeffrey Ball, Resident Fellow, Roble Hall;
Ashley Erickson and Dan Reineman profile photos
November 10, 2016
Ashley Erickson, Assistant Director for Law and Policy at the Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions; Dan Reineman, Lecturer in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
Sandra Nakgawa and Gregg Sparkman profile photos
October 27, 2016
Sandra Nakagawa, PhD candidate in Sociology; Gregg Sparkman, PhD candidate in Psychology
Rob Best profile photo
October 13, 2016
Rob Best, PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dean Chahim profile photo
September 29, 2016
Dean Chahim, PhD candidate in Anthropology