Category Archives: At the Ilsley

At The Ilsley: “Carbon Friendly Forest” with Professor William Keeton

How can forests be more “carbon friendly” in the face of climate change? Learn about the role of forests in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, how carbon markets work, and the possibilities for Vermont landowners to participate in these markets.

UVM Professor of Forest Ecology, Bill Keeton directs the Carbon Dynamics Laboratory and is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment. His research focuses on forest dynamics, riparian ecology, forest carbon, old-growth forests, and sustainable forest management. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources, a Masters in Conservation Biology and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology.

Recorded 2/27/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: “Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries” with Fran & Spence Putnam

How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? These questions and more will be the subject of this presentation entitled “Climate Action and Social Democracy–Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries.” Recorded 1/23/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Backpacking 101 with Ivor Hughes

Ivor Hughes of Green Mountain Club helps you plan your first or next backpacking adventure.  Here’s your chance to get the primer you need to get out there and hit the trails.  Advice and know how from an experienced backpacker to get you on your way.  Topics covered in the presentation are equipment, food and cooking, fitness, planning, first aid, hike selection and navigating and kit list.  Recorded 1/16/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: The Brain-Body-Behavior Connection

Local Pediatrician Dr. Jody Brakeley, MD speaks on “The Brain-Body-Behavior Connection: The Foundations of Health.” Dr. Brakeley addresses the science on early brain development and various types of stress, exploring the effect that life experiences have on the physical, mental, social, emotional, and behavioral health of children, and long into adulthood. Sponsored by AAUW of Middlebury. Recorded 11/19/19.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Shadblow, Vermont’s Landscape and Community in a Time of Climate Change

John Elder, Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and of English and American Literature, talks about the native Vermont tree called alternatively shadblow and serviceberry and relates its deep cultural associations to current controversies surrounding climate change and renewable energy. As part of this reading, which is adapted from his recent book Picking Up the Flute, Elder plays on his Irish (wooden) flute an air by Liz Carroll called “Island of Woods.”   This event is sponsored by AAUW.  Recorded 10/15/19 by MCTV.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Meet Bina48, an Advanced Social Robot w/ Bruce Duncan

Meet Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person. Listen to a talk presented by Bruce Duncan, who is responsible for ongoing development of Bina48. Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, and beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. Since she “came to life” in 2010, she has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, NPR and National Geographic Magazine. This event, sponsored by the Addison County Retired Educators Association. Recorded 10/9/19 by MCTV.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Epic Survival and Wildlife in the Antarctic w/ Prof. Tom Perera

This illustrated talk chronicles Shackleton’s epic Antarctic exploration aboard the Endeavor and the miraculous survival of his crew after his ship was crushed in the ice and his crew were forced to take refuge on a tiny spit of land. While visiting the sites of Shackleton’s adventures as they exist today, the talk will take you to the Falkland and S. Georgia Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. It will also highlight the current density of wildlife including penguins and seals and take you on a wild ride through the infamous Drake Passage in 25 foot seas and 69 knot winds.Tom Perera is a retired Columbia University professor who hunts for and restores German Enigma machines, travels widely with his wife, and gives talks on his travels. Recorded 9/19/19 by MCTV.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library