2006-2007 Events

September 2006

Wednesday, September 27

Biodiesel Poetry Bus Tour
11 am -1 pm, Skinner Circle
The Center for the Environment, the Office of Student Programs, and Revelations Poetry Organization will host the arrival of the 40-foot Biodiesel Wave Books Poetry Bus, which carries a rotating group of 38 poets to 50 U.S. cities in 50 days.

Thursday, September 28

Looking Beneath the Surface: The Quabbin and Hetch Hetchy Canyon Opening Reception
4:30 pm, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Remarks by Marianne Doezema, Florence Finch Abbott Director

Dis/Placement and Re/Membering: The Quabbin and Hetch Hetchy Canyon Panel Discussion
7:30 pm, Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Tom Philp, Sacramento Bee editor; 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for an editorial series on Hetch Hetchy Valley, California. Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University; award-winning author of Emerson (2003),

Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond (2001), and other works. Marge Bruchac, Abenaki, historical interpreter of Native peoples in New England; author of Malian's Song and other works; winner, Storyteller of the Year award; Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. Moderated by Lauret Savoy, director of the Center for the Environment.

Friday, September 29

Weissman Center Leadership Breakfast: Environments for Leadership
8:30 am, Willits-Hallowell Center
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Philp and professor Lawrence Buell discuss environmental issues, professions, and activism.

Saturday, September 30

Quabbin Reflections: Stories from the Lost Towns
1-3 pm, Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Route 116, South Hadley
Light refreshments and tours of the museum.
Beginning at 1:30 pm: Jane Yolen, awarded the Caldecott Medal, two Nubula Awards, two Christopher Medals, and the World Fantasy Award, reads from her acclaimed children's book, Letting Swift River Go. Professor of English and poet Robert Shaw reads Drowned the Towns. Shaw's work has appeared in the Nation, the New Yorker, Parnassus, and other journals internationally. Lois Barnes, Robert Wilder, and Earl Cooley, former residents of the lost towns, share their memories. Readings from Here Was Home, a compilation of oral histories from the Quabbin.

October 2006

Wednesday, October 4

Lick it Green
FREE Ice Cream!! GAMES!! Cider This event is for students, staff and faculty! Come learn more about the Green Partners and their efforts to build a greener more sustainable future on and off campus! Light Bulb Exchange!  Sponsored by The Botanic Garden, Center for Environment (CE), Earth and Environment Dept, Environmental Action Coalition (EAC), Facilities Management, Five College Energy, Five College Recycling, Environmental Health and Safety, Dining Services, Student Action Coalition

Wednesday, October 19

An Inconvenient Truth
7:30 pm Blanchard Campus Center Great Room.
Offers one pointed look at myths and misconceptions about global warming. The film will be followed by a talk-back led by Mount Holyoke College professor Al Werner, Arctic climate-change researcher, and Tina Clarke, the campaign director for Massachusetts Clean Water Action. Information will be available on global warming activism in the valley and on the latest scientific knowledge. FREE and Open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Environment, Office of Student Programs, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Five College Energy.

Tuesday, October 24

Human Dimensions of Environmental Change in Africa: Examples from Kenya, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast
7 pm Gamble Auditorium, Art Bldg.
This event is free an open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Five College African Scholars Program and the Mount Holyoke College Center for the Environment and Department of Earth and Environment

Thursday, October 26

Race, Gender, and Environmental Justice
Lecture by Giovanna Di Chiro
4 pm Five College Women's Studies Research Center - Seminar Room - 83 College St

November 2006

Tuesday, November 2

"Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change”
Shows the influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. This is the first showing of the film. The second showing at 6:30pm will be followed by a Q&A discussion led by Out of Balance filmmaker, Tom Jackson. Sponsored by Center for the Environment and the Five College Energy Manager.

Tuesday, November 7

Marge Bruchac: "Journeying with the Ancestors: Connecting Past and Present Native Lives through Story"
7 pm Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Lab
Marge Bruchac, Abenaki Indian, who as a Historical consultant works to decolonize representations of northeastern Native peoples from the 17th century to the present, by disseminating more accurate historical information and deconstructing stereotypes in museums and the academy. Co-sponsored by Native Spirit, The Center for the Environment, and the Native American Heritage Month Committee

Tuesday, November 14

Barry Lopez
7 pm Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
The National Book Award-winning author will read from his book Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. A book signing will follow.

Thursday, November 30

Voices From the Front Lines
6:30 pm Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
This powerful film, produced by the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles, California, is about organizing, movement building, fighting environmental racism, and pursuing environmental justice

December 2006

Monday, December 4

Bedrock: Reading and Reception
In honor of Bedrock, Environmental Studies Professor Lauret Savoy's new book, the Center for the Environment's Writer's group will hold a reading and reception Monday, 4:30–6:30 pm in the Cassani Room (Shattuck 102).

Spring 2007

Series Title: Voices from Silent Spring
In Honor of the Centennial of Rachel Carson's birth (May 1907)

February 2007

Wednesday, February 7

Monique Harden: Advocating for Environmental Human Rights
Monique Harden provides legal counsel and advocacy support to organized communities, and has contributed to important environmental justice victories that have protected people from the damaging health and environmental burdens of industrial pollution. Truly a "Phenomenal Woman", Ms. Harden is the co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (“AEHR”), a nonprofit, public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been chosen as keynote speaker for the college’s celebration of Black History Month this year. Since Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Harden has been advocating for the human rights of displaced Gulf Coast residents, which include the right to return to healthy and safe neighborhoods.  

Thursday, February 22

Mark Lytle: The Gentle Subversive
4:30 pm Cassani Lounge, Shattuck Lounge
Dr. Mark Lytle, Director of the Historical Studies Program at Bard College, is the author of the new book The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement. In it he offers a compact biography of Carson, illuminating the road that led to her vastly influential book Silent Spring.
Co-Sponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop.

Thursday, February 22

A Sense of Wonder
7:30 pm Blanchard Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center
A Woman Play about the Life and Work of Rachel Carson. Written and Performed by actress Kaiulani Lee. The play is the story of one woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it.

Wednesday, February 28

"A Healthy Baby Girl" - Film Showing
7 pm Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Lab
In 1963 filmmaker Judith Helfand’s mother was prescribed the ineffective, carcinogenic synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. At twenty-five, Judith Helfand was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. After a radical hysterectomy she went to her family’s home to heal and picked up her camera.

March 2007

Wednesday, March 7

"Blue Vinyl" - Film Showing
7 pm Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Lab
A film that puts a human face on the dangers posed by PVC, America’s most popular plastic, at every stage of its life cycle, from factory to incinerator. From Long Island to Louisiana to Italy, the facts are unearthed about PVC and its effects on human health and the environment

Thursday, March 29

Sandra Steingraber - "Rachel and Me": The Road between Silent Spring and  Living Downstream
7 pm Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Dr. Sandra Steingraber, ecologist, author, cancer survivor, and an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, is among the first to trace the Web of connections between our bodies and the ecological world in which we eat, drink, breathe, and work. Her acclaimed book Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment has been hailed by many as an update to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Her more recent book Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, reveals the alarming extent to which environmental hazards now threaten crucial stages of infant development

April 2007

Wednesday, April 4

"Rachel's Daughters" - Film Showing
7 pm Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Lab
Addressing environmental racism, inequalities in research funding, and disparities in cancer rates for women of color, the film documents a group of cancer survivors who track the effects of social biases on cancer incidence and health care delivery.

Friday, April 27

Roots of Community Festival