MWCE Calendar 2015 -2016

Fall 2015

Tuesday, Sept 15

Dust Drought and Dreams Gone Dry (Series)
Film Showing of The Dust Bowl (pt.1)

6:00 p.m. Location tba

THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.
This film showing is part of the Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry event series feasturing the Dust Bowl traveling exhibit from the American Library Association and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Archives & Special Collections, MHC Library, Information, & Technology Services (LITS), and the Department of Geography.

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Thursday, September 17

Dust Drought and Dreams Gone Dry 
Film Showing of "The Dust Bowl" (pt.2)

6:00 p.m. Location tba

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Tuesday, September 29
The 6th Annual Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture
Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything
7:30 p.m. Mary Wooley Hall, Chapin Auditorium,

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, social activist, and syndicated columnist, and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007). Her critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller when published in September 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list and was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times Notable Books of 2014.

Ms. Klein will be speaking about her book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. The Odyssey Bookshop will have the book available for purchase following the event.
Doors open at 6:45pm.

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Tuesday, September 22

Professor Hannah Holleman
"Dust to Dust: Lessons for Today from the First Global Ecological Crises"
7 p.m. Stimson Room of Williston Library

Hannah Holleman, professor at Amherst College, presents “Dust to Dust: Lessons for Today from the First Global Ecological Crises” in the Stimson Room of Williston Library. Prof. Holleman’s talk will
discuss social factors and historical developments contributing to the Dust Bowl on the U.S. Southern Plains, while illustrating that this calamity was one dramatic regional manifestation of an international crisis of soil erosion by the 1930s.

This event is part of the Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry event series

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Thursday, October 1

Harvest Festival
4 p.m. - 6pm. Atop Mandelle Hill

Food, music, arts and crafts! Come check out the MHC Community Garden and celebrate the autumn harvest with us.

 

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Tuesday, October 6

Professor Al Werner
"Good to the Last Drop: Climate Change, Droughts, and Water Availability"
7 p.m.
Stimson Room of Williston Library

Alan Werner, professor at MHC, presents "Good to the Last Drop: Climate Change, Droughts, and Water Availability" in the Stimson Room of the Williston library. Prof. Werner's talk will focus on the science behind the Dust Bowl, climate change and global water issues. Although the Dust Bowl was not directly caused by human-induced climate change, climate variability along with human mismanagement resulted in one of the largest environmental catastrophes in human history.

This event is part of the Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry event series

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Thursday, October 22

Leslie Fields
“More Than Words: Caroline Henderson and the Art of Letter Writing”
4:30 p.m.
Special Collections on the bottom floor of Dwight

Leslie Fields, head of Archives and Special Collections at MHC, presents “More Than Words: Caroline Henderson and the Art of Letter Writing” in the Archives and Special Collections on the bottom floor of Dwight. Caroline Boa Henderson, Class of 1901, farmed a land claim and raised a daughter in the Oklahoma Panhandle throughout the Dust Bowl years. Henderson was also an avid writer recounting both her struggles and perseverance.

This event is part of the Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry event series

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Wednesday, November 4

Dr. Coleen Fox
4:30 p.m. Location tba

Dr, Coleen Fox is a Senior Lecturer at Dart mouth College and will give a talk on the impacts of dam removal in New England.

This is event is co-cponsored with the Department of Geography