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Earth Week Keynote

Earth Month

Dr. Kevin Kearns
Vice President
Engagement and Economic Development
701 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3758

Read about Earth Week 2014 Speakers:


Dr. Kenneth Shockley, University of Buffalo

Kenneth ShockleyDr. Kenneth Shockley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo, where he teaches courses and publishes extensively on environmental philosophy, ethical theory and social philosophy. He also serves as the Director of UB’s Sustainability Academy and as an advisor to the Fulbright Program. Dr. Shockley received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy; his M.A. in Philosophy from SUNY, University at Buffalo; and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University he was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and served with the Peace Corps in Malawi, where he taught mathematics, physical science and philosophy.



Nate Drag, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Nate DragNate Drag, New York Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance for the the Great Lakes, grew up in Dunkirk, NY and spent his childhood summers swimming and life guarding on Lake Erie. After attending the State University of New York College at Potsdam, Nate returned to Western New York to earn a Master's Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Environmental Planning from the University of Buffalo in 2008. After graduating, he was a member of the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program in Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange, focusing his research on Great Lakes environmental policy and history. Since 2011, he has worked for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the oldest citizen environmental organization in the Great Lakes, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.


Earth Week 2014 Keynote Speaker

Andrew Nisker, Take Action Films

Andrew Nisker

Andrew Nisker is an internationally acclaimed Canadian filmmaker and founder of Take Action Films. He graduated from York University’s film school, and produced screenplays and television pilots for Broadway Video (creators of Saturday Night Live) in New York City in the early 1990s. After returning to Canada, Nisker spent many years directing television documentaries and short films for networks such as CTV, CBC, Chum Television and Global. Highly committed to environmental issues and social change, Nisker began producing full-length documentary films of his own.

His first environmental documentary, Garbage!: The Revolution Starts at Home, was released in 2007 and has been seen by more than two million people internationally and has been translated into six languages. Following the huge success of Garbage!, Nisker has produced three other award-winning films: Chemerical: Redefining Clean for a New Generation, Orange Witness, and Chasing Fortune.

Well respected by environmental groups and business leaders alike, Nisker is frequently called upon to speak about the issues he explores in his films by some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world such as Wal-Mart, ING, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons. As an educator, Nisker has held environmental and filmmaking workshops in Canada, Italy and the United States in collaboration with various film festivals and school boards, and is currently teaching part time at the OCAD University in downtown Toronto.

He is currently developing two documentaries, including “A Sticky Situation,” which was test-screened at SUNY Fredonia in February, environmental phone apps and a fictional film.



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