All roads lead to Poultney during the final week of September when Green Mountain College hosts its annual Reunion/Alumni & Family Weekend. Among the many highlights of this event is the presentation of awards to two alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional lives after GMC, and who go above and beyond in service of their alma mater. [Read more…]
A highlight of the year in Green Mountain College’s graduate studies programs is the annual residency, which brings students enrolled in masters degree programs to Poultney for an intensive four-four day session. The residency is led by GMC faculty and a visiting scholar who is a national leader in sustainability. The residency also offers an opportunity for undergraduates to learn from leading thinkers, authors and entrepreneurs. The 2016 Residency Visiting Scholar is Richard Heinberg, senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.
He is considered one of the world’s leading advocates in shifting away from our reliance on fossil fuels to renewable solutions. Over the years, he has written thirteen books including The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality. He has written numerous essays and delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues around the world.
Heinberg has also been featured in films and television documentaries and produced several animations including “Don’t Worry, Drive On,” “Who Killed Economic Growth” and “300 years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.”
His presentation is on Thursday, September 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the GMC community and the general public.
Rockey R. Robbins, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, September 6 at 4 p.m. in the Labyrinth. The entire College community is encouraged to attend this annual event that welcomes a new entering class and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Robbins’ address is titled “Education for the Well Being for the Land and the People.”
“Education should derive first from a respect for nature, and if it does not then alienation becomes intrinsic to the educative process,” Robbins writes. “I would like to draw analogies between Green Mountain College’s connections to, and respect for, nature and Native American notions of Native Sovereignty.”
Robbins teaches multicultural counseling, behavior disorders and personality assessment at the university. His research interests include native spirituality and psychology; grand-parenting; assessment; group interventions; and developing American Indian treatment models and techniques based on traditional ideas and practices. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and speaking engagements across the U.S. and Europe.