Posted: March 31, 2010
Author and environmentalist Marty Strange will give a lecture on Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 pm in Kendade Hall, Room 305. Strange is the policy director for the Rural School and Community Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen rural schools and communities. His book, Family Farming: A New Economic Vision, is one of the leading critiques of industrial agriculture. He is a trustee of the Vermont Land Trust and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and was named by a panel of scholars and journalists commissioned by the Lincoln Journal Star as one of the 100 people who most influenced the course of the state of Nebraska in the twentieth century.
“The roots of ‘sustainability’ are in biology and ecology, where such questions have no meaning. Individuals and species simply cannot survive in isolation. Nothing is ecologically sustainable except in the context of community,” Strange said in an article for Terrain.org, an online literary journal featuring editorials and perspectives on the built and natural environment.
This event is sponsored by Mount Holyoke College First-Year Seminar Program, the Sustainable Development Nexus Program, and the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. The first-year seminar program, which introduces new students to the liberal arts and connections between various academic disciplines, includes a lecture series.
The Miller Worley Center for the Environment's goals are to ensure that students develop a critical understanding of the interactions between people and environmental systems. This event will give students the chance to explore social, cultural, historical, political, and economic dimensions of environmental concern, enabling them to make direct connections between academic studies and real-world issues, problems, and solutions.
The lecture is free and open to the public.