The GMC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invite members of the GMC community to hear performance poet, writer and organizer Remi Kanazi discuss his book Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising up from Brooklyn to Palestine on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. “Remi Kanazi’s poetry presents an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people’s stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.”
Post Carbon Institute senior fellow and GMC visiting scholar Richard Heinberg told an Ackley Auditorium audience September 15 that the central challenge for human society is shifting to renewable sources of energy. “The big story for the rest of our lives will be how quickly and how successfully we transition from fossil fuels to renewables,” he remarked.
Heinberg was on campus as visiting scholar for the Sustainable MBA, the master of science in environmental studies (MSES) and the master of science in resilient and sustainable communities (MRSC) programs. In his public address Thursday he showed how the discovery of cheap, abundant and easily accessible sources of fossil fuels resulted in rapid and unprecedented change in the economy and ecological health.
He illustrated recent trends showing a slowdown in worldwide economic growth at the same time atmospheric and ocean temperatures are steadily rising. Heinberg presented a hopeful prescription, which included grassroots community action to help build resilience. “Reliance is all about adaptation–it is a learned state of being,” he said. “We have to build adaptability in our institutions.”
His work at the Post Carbon Institute includes assembling “community resilience guides,” action-oriented books in building food systems, developing community energy projects and investing in local economies (prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist’s book Rebuilding the Foodshed is one the key resources).
“We face a future of daunting challenges but there’s no point throwing in the towel . . . everything depends on us, and the level of commitment and intelligence in which we engage.”
Join Liz Calabrese, licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, for her presentation “Biophilic Design: Design for Human Flourishing.” Biophilia is the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature that, even in the modern world, is critical to our physical and mental health and well-being. While humans may have evolved in the natural world, our “natural habitat” has largely become the indoor built environment where we now spend 90% of our time. Liz has practiced architecture for over 25 years in New England. Her projects range from small additions, renovations and commercial projects to larger scale homes. This annual lecture presented by the REED program is in the East Room, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Richard Heinberg, visiting scholar for this week’s graduate program residency, will make a presentation “The Case for Resilience” 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.
In recent years, resilience has become an increasingly popular concept—particularly in the response to the climate crisis. But what does building community resilience really mean? And what does it look like in practice? Richard Heinberg will share some key lessons from the field of socio-ecological resilience and examples of how communities are already working to building resilience in terms of distributed energy, local ownership and investment, localized food systems, and resource conservation.
The annual residency, which brings GMC students enrolled in masters degree programs to Poultney for an intensive four-day session, 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.
Richard Heinberg 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.”
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.
Please join us as we host two students from Palestine for the nationwide 2016 Right to Education Tour. This month, 14 Palestinian students will speak across the U.S. about the impact of Israeli colonialism on education in Palestine. Bayan and Ramsis are university students from Palestine who will share their experiences as students living through Israeli occupation and colonialism. It is extraordinarily rare for us to be able to meet directly with people from Palestine, much less current students, so come hear from them firsthand! Free, open to the public. Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Griswold 001.
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).
Green Mountain College hosts its annual Fall Convocation tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. The keynote speaker is author, mountaineer, adventurer and athlete Jan Reynolds, author of the book High Altitude Woman.
Reynolds, who lives in Stowe, was born on a Vermont dairy farm. She became a nationally ranked cross-country ski racer in high school and college, and raced biathlon for the U.S. National Team. She is a prize-winning photojournalist whose intrepid adventures have taken her to every continent, photographing and recording vanishing cultures to preserve their unique heritage for future generations.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Esquire, Vogue, People, and several ski and outdoor magazines. Her Vanishing Cultures series (seven books) for children published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich won the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award. Reynolds uses the series to teach children about sustainability and what it means for our world. The event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, September 9 at 3 p.m. in the Feick Art Center, artist Bill Ramage, master installation artist and accomplished draftsman, will present an artist talk/conversation. His current installation in the Feick entirely fills the gallery space with a single photographic documentary work that magically encompasses the viewer. His show and installation is titled: “Leda and the Swan: A Divine Copulation”. Bill has taught at Castleton College for over forty years and is one of Rutland’s most vibrant and important voices in the arts. See the attached photo of the artist and installation.
That was the message from Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, to the Green Mountain College class of 2015. Lubber was the speaker at GMC’s 178th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 16. Lubber told the graduates that clean energy policy and the fight to slow global warming is the great challenge of their generation. Read the story in the Rutland Herald article.