Sense of Wonder at MHC February 22

Posted: February 8, 2007

"Rachel Carson's work is among the first to turn our attention to how the environment enters our bodies, that is the tie between health, including reproductive health of women, and the integrity of air, land, and water," said Lauret Savoy, professor of geology and environmental studies, and the Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment, which will feature the one-woman production A Sense of Wonder.

The play, written and performed by actress Kaiulani Lee, is based on the life and work of Rachel Carson and is part of the Center for the Environment's spring series on women, health, and the environment titled Voices of Silent Spring, in honor the centennial of the birth of Rachel Carson (May 1907).

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 pm in the Great Room of the Blanchard Campus Center. Lee was nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and won an OBIE Award for outstanding achievement off-Broadway. A Sense of Wonderhas been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment.

The production is cosponsored by the Center for the Environment, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Office of the President, the Odyssey Bookshop, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"The events bring the insights of Rachel Carson into today's context," said Sue Cloutier, outreach specialist for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. "We all should appreciate the natural world and introduce people to it in a joyful way, and we can all find ways to become better stewards of the planet as a result of that appreciation. One person can make a difference. Rachel Carson proved that to us."

Preceding this event, author Mark Lytle will read from his new book The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movementat 4:30 pm in the Cassani Lounge, Shattuck Hall. The reading is cosponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop and is free and open to the public.

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