2011-2012

Fall 2011

International Environmental Governance 

September 27

Caroline Crosbie and Mustafa Kudrati
Mahale: Healthy Families, Sustainable Fisheries, and Abundant Forests in Western Tanzania
7:30 p.m. Gamble Auditorium, Art Building 

Senior Vice President at Pathfinder International, Caroline Crosbie and Mustafa Kudrati, Pathfinder's Tanzania country representative, will discuss a groundbreaking approach to community health, poverty reduction, and environmental sustainability in Tanzania. Pathfinder International, the Nature Conservancy, and the Frankfurt Zoological Society are collaborating with communities who live on the banks of Lake Tanganyika to address issues of health, conservation, climate change, and population growth. 

Co-sponsored by: African and American Studies, Five College African Studies Council, Departments of English, International Relations, and Gender Studies, and the Office of the President 

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Thursday, October 6

S. Jacob Scherr
The Race to Rio+20: Making the June 2012 Earth Summit A Success
Kendade Hall, Room 305

Please join S. Jacob Scherr for a presentation and discussion about the United Nations COnference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and the strategies that participants int he conference will employ to achieve their goals. 

Co-sponsored by: The Roosevelt Institute at Mount Holyoke College 

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September 29

Ben Hewitt
 "The Future's in the Dirt"
7:30 p.m. Gamble Auditorium, Art Building 

Ben Hewitt is a best0selling author, farmer and food activist whose book "The Town That Food Saved" chronicles a rural Vermont town's attempts to implement a local food system. Hewitt speaks frequently on the subjects of regionalized agriculture, relocalizing economies, and reframing America's values to torment positive change and a durable prosperity that is not dependent on extractive industry. Hewitt will give a talk and read from his latest novel "Making Supper Safe: one Man's Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety."

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop 

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Thursday, October 27

Frances Moore Lappe 
Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want
7:30 p.m. Gamble Auditorium, Art Building 

Best selling author of Diet for a Small Planet Frances Moore Lappe will be reading from and discussing her latest offering EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. A practical guide to a more optimistic approach to environmental protection and preservation Lappe challenges the reader to start their own efforts by altering their perception of what must be done. The way the ecosystem adapts and evolves to challenges, rather than stagnating with anxiety, is the way Lappe proposes environmentalists and citizens go about securing an environmentally friendly future. 

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Environmental Studies and the Odyssey Bookshop  

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Monday, November 7

Captain Charles Moore
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans 
7:30 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Art Building 

Captain Charles Moore its he founder of the Algalita Marine Research FOundation, a seafaring environmental researcher and an internationally recognized population expert and activist. In 1997, while he was skipper of the Oceanographic Research Vessel Algalita, Moore discovered two million square miles of plastic int he North Pacific Ocean. In his book, he recounts returning to the site multiple times int he'd plowing years, collecting samples and exploring the area. 

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop

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Thursday, November 10

Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture 
Gus Speth 
American Prospect: Decline and Rebirth
7:30 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Art Building 

Join us for an evening talk by one of America's finest environmentalists. Gus Speth will challenge our thinking about the current environmental conditions in the United States, building a compelling case that our country is in the midst of a difficult, multi-faceted decline. How can America become a leader int he international environment movement? Speth will provide guideposts that will help us to chart the path for the future. 

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Saturday, October 1

Volunteer Day: Gardening the Community
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Gardening the Community is a youth-led food justice organization engaged in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and organizing for healthy and equitable communities. GtC believes in the power of communities to make change through developing and supporting home grown leaders. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more about this organization, help make garden beds, plant seeds, clear the land and meet GtC youth and staff - plus, you will also contribute fresh healthy vegetables to the community! 

Co-sponsored by: Gardening the Community 

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Wednesday, December 7

Careers and Choices in Environmental Studies: What Can I Do with my Major?
4:30 p.m., Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

This event will bring together alumnae dns students to make connections with each other about career or graduate school opportunities, life and social choices, personal passions, and more. 

Following the event, dinner will be served at Willits-Hallowell 

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Environmental Studies 

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September 28

Tracy Zhu
Urban Environmental Justice: Where Environmentalism and Social Justice Meet 
12:15-1:15 p.m., Kendade 303

Free Salvadoran food for lunch!

Tracy Zhu '08 is an environmental studies major and San Francisco native. Her work in the youth environmental education field in a San Francisco's neighborhood (where she grew up) led her to her most recent position as the manager of the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park, the country's first off-the-grid building in an urban area, and also first environmental justice facility int he Bay Area. Ms. Zhu's most recent project, JeepneEd, a hand-on science and mobile tech lab on a jeepney is bringing education to rural students in the Philippines. 

Co-sponsored by: AASIA

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Spring 2012 

Wednesday, February 29

David-Coman-Hidy
The Hidden Face of Food: Modern Agriculture, Animals, and the Environment
5:00-6:30 p.m., Kendade hall, Room 305

Speaker David Coman-Hidy, DIrector of Campaigns for the Humane League, will cover how our food system has changed in the last 60 years and discuss animals welfare and the environmental impact of factory farming. The talk will bet allowed by a Q and A session an discussion on activism.

Co-sponsored by: MHC's Vegan Revolution 

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Wednesday, March 7

Exploring Careers in Environmental Law and Policy
5:00 p.m., Kendade Hall Room 305 

The CDC and the Miller Worley Center are bringing to campus three panelists who will share a unique look at the field of environmental law and public policy. Come learn more about these careers and how to get here there! Career options span the spectrum from private law firms, business, consulting, environmental agency jobs, non-profits, NGOs, education, etc. These are at all levels as well: national, local, and international. 

Co-sponsored by: The Career Development Center

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Thursday, March 8

Nia Robinson
Where We Live, Work, and Play: A Teach-In on Race and Environmental Justice 
4:30 p.m., Kendade Hall Room 305

Nia Robinson, inaugural 5 College Social Justice Practitioner in Residence, will facilitate an in-depth discussion on the deep connections that lie between trace, the environment and social justice. The teach0in will spark a conversation about how people of color, Indigenous peoples and low-income communities bear disproportionate environmental harm, as well as the ways communities have found to resist and remediate those harms. 

Co-sponsored by: The Five College Public Policy Initiative, the Population and and the Development Program at Hampshire College

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Friday, April 27

Pangy Day 

A fun-filled day of activities and celebrations all day long. Join us for lively performances, game and snacks, and traditional Spiral dances around the Maypole. New items include Zumba and belly-dancing, as well as Class board capture-the-flag games and water balloon fights. 

Co-sponsored by: The Office of Student Programs, the Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, Office of Environmental Stewardship's Eco-Reps, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Environmental Action Coalition