MWCE Calendar 2014 -2015

Spring 2015

Tuesday, March 3

Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment

Justin Hollander

5:00 p.m. Dwight Hall, Room 101

The design and layout of streets and lots, houses and commercial buildings, and entire neighborhoods have historically been guided by a combination of traditional practices, aesthetics, and environmental factors. Today, a powerful new design system is emerging, a system grounded in the very latest cognitive science research on how people perceive space. This lecture will introduce relevant ideas from environmental psychology, research-based design, spatial perception, and spatial cognition.


Sunday, March 29

Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health

2-3:15 p.m. Studio 3, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College

This 40-minute performance project is based on travels and dancing at seven seaweed sites internationally. A short discussion about the relationship between artmaking and environmental projects will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. Come early/limited seating

This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Department of Dance and the Department of Environmental Studies.


Thursday and Friday, April 9 & 10
Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture
Jay Mead

The Art of Sustainability
7:30 p.m. Cleveland Hall L2
(Evening Lecture)
10-5pm  Skinner Green
(MHC Community Art Installation)

Jay Mead will discuss the Art of Sustainability, stimulating exploration and creativity as essential approaches for achieving personal and professional goals, for creative problem solving and for better understanding and working with systems. Mead has been creating environmental art for over 30 years. He has worked with Bread and Puppet, Cristo, The PuppeTree and was a core member of Wise Fool Puppet Intervention. His work has ranged from large installations to processions and performances. Aside from the USA, he has had projects in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

Cosponsored by the Department of Geography and Geology and the Miller Worley Center


Pangy Day 
11:30 a.m. - 6pm
Pageant Green
(11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Skinner Green
(1:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.)

It’s Pangy Day once again! Come join us for a MHC community Picnic, lively performances, and an afternoon of Art, Flowers, Games, Snacks, Music, and Festivities. PLUS: hoola hoop and juggling instructions, Locks of Love Hair Cuts, Mega Free Bin, Parachute Play, Recycled Bottle Art, Painting, Die Dying, Origami and More

Cosponsored by: Student Programs, Dining Services, and the MHC Community


Fall 2014

Saturday, September 13

Volunteer Day with Gardening the Community
9:30a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.


Tuesday, September 23

SUNBOXES: Art Exhibit
11:30 am-2 pm: 1904 Garden, next to Gamble
3 pm-5:30 pm: Skinner Green

SUN BOXES: a one day outdoor art exhibit at Mount Holyoke College featuring a solar-powered sound installation by artist,
Craig Colorusso.
Enjoy this intersection of art, science and nature as you walk among the solar powered tone boxes, collectively creating an evolving spontaneous musical composition.
Slow, down, indulge your curiosity & explore this one-day-only exhibit.

Sponsored by: The Office of Student Programs, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment & the MHC Art and Art History Department


Wednesday, October 2nd

What Now?
MHC Independent Student Research Scholar Workshop
4:30pm-6:00 P.M.
Dwight Hall, Room 201

Join us at this skills workshop and interactive dialog.
Learn concrete strategies for organizing data, writing, working with your advisor, and more.
Get support from faculty and staff mentors and other student researchers.
Refreshements will be served!

Cosponored by:  The Office of the Academic Deans - Miller Worley Research Scholar Program - and the McCulloch Center Global Research Fellows Program


Wednesday, October 29

Sustainable Design Architect:
Matthew O'Malia

7:00 p.m. Dwight Hall, Room 101

Matthew O’Malia, architect and partner of the award-winning Belfast firm G O Logic, will discuss the concepts and details of the highly-insulated passive house building.

Thursday, November 13

Paddy Woodworth
7:00 p.m. Art Building, Gamble Auditorium

Veteran investigative reporter Paddy Woodworth has spent years traveling the globe and talking with people - scientists, politicians, and ordinary citizens - who are working on the front lines of the battle against environmental degradation, and often linking it to the fight against poverty.


Monday, November 17

Energy Transformation, Climate Change, Migration and Development
4:30 p.m. Kendade Hall, Room 305

Presented by Dr. Robert Brecha, Professor of Physics and Renewable and Clean Energy and Coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Initiative at the University of Dayton
Many challenges and opportunities face current students due to a changing climate and a large-scale transformation of the energy system. Renewable energy and sustainability are keys to the future. In this talk, both promising developments and some real challenges wil be addressed.


Tuesday, November 18

Author and Professor
Dr. Mona Atia
4:30 p.m.  Cleveland L-2

Dr. Mona Atia from George Washington University will be guest lecturing about urbanism in the Middle East. Dr. Atia is the author of, Building a House in Heaven. In it, she makes the connection between Islam and capitalism to examine the surprising relations between charity and the economy, the state, and religion in the transition from Mubarak-era Egypt. She draws on interviews with key players, exploring the geography of Islamic charities through multiple neighborhoods, ideologies, sources of funding, projects, and wide social networks.

Cosponsored by: The Department of Geography and Geology


Monday, December 8

Miller Worley Center Alumnae-Mentor Networking Panel
"Careers in Environmental Studies"
4:30pm, Willits-Hallowell

Join MHC Alumnae as they share their stories and discuss varied career paths in the field of Environmental Studies and beyond.

Co-Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department
*This is event is for MHC students*