GMC students are presenting a mainstage production of “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig. Performances are Thursday, April 7-Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Ben Jankowski, the cast includes Andrew Bullard, Maddie Mielke, Seraphina Mallon-Breiman, Nick Mazzali, Daniele Belletete, Isaac Winant, Connor Creigh and Anna Caputo. The plot revolves around Charlotte and George Hay, on tour in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” (the “revised, one nostril version”), and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” Then they learn they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee. The New York Post describes the play as “Hilarious… building up its laughs methodically shtick by shtick.” Tickets: $5, students and faculty/staff free.
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Barry Estabrook, one of the leading voices in the sustainable agriculture movement, will make a public presentation at Green Mountain College Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Estabrook comes to GMC through the efforts of Kaitlyn Reilly, who invited him as part of her Delicate Balance project.
Estabrook is a three-time James Beard Award-winning author, investigative journalist, and blogger for Politics Of the Plate. Among his books is Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat, a deep examination of pork farming. His 2011 book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, describes how modern industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in terms of the taste of the product and how it is raised. The book was a New York Times bestseller and won the Farmworker Justice Award. The book also inspired the 2014 documentary “Food Chains.” Estabrook was formerly a contributing editor to Gourmet magazine and has contributed to the New York Times, The Washington Post, Men’s Health, theAtlantic.com and MarkBittman.com.
His presentation is free and open to the pubic and will be held on April 7th at 6 p.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall).
In his role as the Regional Coordinator Author (North America) specializing in adaptive governance, resilience, and ecosystem services and management, Prof. Jacob Park (business) participated in a high level policy workshop in Washington DC on March 21-22 to discuss the next stage of the United Nations Environment Program’s Global Environment Outlook 6 initiative. To learn more about the project, visit http://www.unep.org/geo.
This spring break, natural resources management prof. Valorie Titus and eight GMC students including Julia Allen ’19, Anya Beale ’18, Torie Cowell ’16, Tynazha Jones ’17, Sarah Lucas ’17, Megan Muller ’16, Jacob Phillips ’16, and Kaitlin Phillips ’16 travelled to South Carolina’s Francis Marion National Forest for a second year of volunteering. Working with biologists from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, USFS, and South Carolina DNR, students in the Southeastern Ecology Field Trip class participated in a week-long search for herpetological fauna and conducted small mammal trapping. The class uncovered some interesting data on the habitat preferences of some small mammals, including the Hispid Cotton Rat, and documented a slew of important (and rare) reptile and amphibian species. The students even added an important snake to the study, an Eastern Pine Snake, now fitted with a radio transmitter and lovingly named “Theodore.” This snake will be monitored for the next few years and will provide much needed ecological data for the proper management of the fragile Longleaf Pine systems of South Carolina. We look forward to heading back to help again next year, so if you’re interested in going, stay tuned!
Every year GMC‘s pre-law program takes a trip to visit our partner institution Vermont Law School. We tour the VLS campus, visit with GMC alums who are current students at VLS, sit in on a class session, and meet briefly with the president and dean of VLS Marc Mihaly. Lunch will be provided. It’s always a fun trip, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and consider graduate school opportunities. This year’s trip will take place Tuesday, April 19. We will depart from the Ames front circle promptly at 8 a.m. and return to campus in the late afternoon, no later than 5 p.m. Please respond directly to Chris Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
Last week the 77 founding members of the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), including Green Mountain College, announced the launch of a peer network designed to support endowment investment practices that address environmental, social, governance and sustainability factors to enhance financial returns and align with institutional mission and values.
The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is a collaborative network that supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns.
Upcoming GreenMAP trips include paddling adventure on Lake Bomoseen and a mountain biking trip for first-timers. Come canoe with Katie, Kyra, and Miranda on beautiful Lake Bomoseen! Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “First Time on a Bike” is April 8 at 1 p.m. in Rutland’s Pine Hill Park. If you’ve wanted to try mountain biking, here’s your chance to get your wheels in the dirt with Maddie and Emily. For more info or to register, contact at GreenMAP at 802-287-8383 or greenMAP@greenmtn.edu.
GMC professor Paula Mann (theater) will be performing the role of Emily Dickinson in the solo show “The Belle of Amherst” at the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington from April 1-April 3. Showtimes are Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday April 3 at 2 p.m. The play is described by the New York Daily News as “full of passion, poetry and heart.” Oldcastle is offering student rates of $10 a ticket for all GMC faculty, staff and students! Just bring your GMC ID with you to the box office.
The 9th Annual Poultney Earth Fair, Wednesday April 13 from 2-5 p.m., at Poultney High School, is a true collaboration between GMC, PHC, and the wider community. The theme this year is “The Story of Our Earth.” Highlights include a parade beginning at the College at 1:30 p.m. up Main Street (weather permitting) and up to 60 displays, booths, demonstrations, or activities led by local exhibitors. If you are interested in reserving a free space for a display please contact: Nathaniel Steinrueck (773) 354-6677.
Poultney may only be able to honor the environment with one Earth Fair a year, but Earth Day is every day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect the environment year-round, and the environment is our home and our home is Poultney. This fun family event is free and open to the public.
In the grand tradition of GMC’s multi-credit block courses, in which students spend an entire semester exploring a specific subject through a variety of disciplinary perspectives, this fall the College is offering a 12-credit course “Building a Sustainable and Resilient North Country.” Professors Philip Ackerman-Leist, Laird Christensen, Teresa Coker and Bill Throop will co–teach the course, which is centered on field trips throughout the region and discussions with a broad range of stakeholders.
The course is designed to appeal to students from across our academic majors who want to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable and resilient communities–wherever they may eventually live. If you are interested in learning more about this course and applying to be in it, come to the informational meeting this Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m. in Terrace 124. Feel free to contact any of the instructors if you cannot make the meeting.
Inspired by our latest master of science programs—one in sustainable food systems and another in resilient and sustainable communities—our faculty members are eager to find case studies for applying questions of theory and practice to actual communities. While GMC has been a pioneer in exploring how to develop communities that are sustainable—that is, able to thrive without depleting resources and opportunities for future generations—conversations within the profession have turned increasingly toward also creating communities that are resilient, or able to adapt to environmental, economic, or social disruptions without losing their capacity to function and maintain a coherent identity.
Of course, questions about sustainability and resilience invite regionally distinctive answers, as we will see when we ask them of human communities here in the North Country, with its short growing seasons, mountainous terrain, and small cities. A landscape of limits with a deep history of traditional skills provides an optimal opportunity to consider how the values of sustainability and resilience can be put to work in one’s profession and community.
Beyond simply studying relevant theories, students will test them by applying them to a sampling of communities. They will learn to understand and engage in some of the systems that are central to sustainable living–skills and trades in food, farming, fiber, forestry, fuel, foraging, fermenting, and fabrication are critical to survival in the North Country. They will also learn strategies to help enable communication across the differences between stakeholders in these communities and find common ground. Together students will craft a vision, formulate a plan, and engage in the cutting edge of community education by assembling and sharing an array of digital stories.