Sponsored by a generous grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Fish and Wildlife Techniques class, led by professors Valorie Titus (natural resource management) and Jim Harding (natural resources management), journeyed to Benezette, Penn. to learn about the Pennsylvania elk herd and the management behind this successful program. Students were guided by Tim Foster, senior regional director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, who introduced the class to the region’s beautiful elk viewing areas. The class was also fortunate to meet and chat with local biologists and conservation officers on how they work with the elk, education, tourism and hunting throughout the year.
In welcoming newcomers to our community, there may be questions left unanswered in our minds. Join us for this lecture-based discussion titled: “Welcoming Syrian Refugees: Religion & Violence, the Zero-Sum Game Fallacy, and Responses to the Presidential Election.” Among the questions we will explore:
“Is religion the root of the world’s conflicts? Why are religion and violence so closely linked?”
Led by professors Steven Fesmire (philosophy) and Natalie Coe (biology).
“How does it feel being a Muslim first arriving in the U.S.?”
Led by students Shamim Amiri from Afghanistan and Marjuk Ahmad from Bangladesh
“Will bringing in new people take away healthcare and educational opportunities, reduce jobs, and place a burden on the tax system? How do we move forward after the presidential election?”
Led by professors Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies) and Steven Fesmire.
This event, co-hosted by Thanh Nguyen ’17 and the campus UNICEF Initiative, will be held in the East Room from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event is free and open to the general public.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with over 5.4 million Americans currently diagnosed. GMC student Jade Melito will be discussing recent scientific research and its implications towards the future outlook of Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, December 2nd from 11-12 p.m. in the Dickgeiser room located on the lower floor of Griswold Library. The cognitive disease will be examined through a physiological, psychological, and behavioral lens while analyzing current treatment methods and clinical trials.
Where can an ambitious sustainable agriculture student have a conversation with an Ethiopian camel herder and a Ukrainian cheese maker? The bi-annual Terra Madre Conference, held recently in Turin, Italy, is one such place. GMC sophomore Katelyn Mann spent a week there last month as part of a ten-member Vermont delegation at the 2016 conference. Organized by Slow Food International, the event attracted 7,000 delegates from 142 countries.
“I was 15 when I first heard about Terra Madre at a farm in North Carolina where I was working. The owner of the farm had gone to one of the first conferences and was telling me about it. I was so awestruck and inspired by his description—ever since it’s been a really big dream of mine to get there.”
As president of the Slow Food chapter Green Mountain College, Katelyn applied for a scholarship to Terra Madre and become a fully funded delegate. From September 21-26 she put her fall semester classes and her cross-country running season on hold—and got an unparalleled education on food systems around the globe.
Katelyn was a panelist on a Terra Madre presentation about food waste, a topic she’s familiar with through her work at Cerridwen Farm with Carl Diethelm ’17. She and Carl share a passion for food recovery and making sure all segments of society have access to fresh, local food.
“There were three academics, one chef, and me as the student representative on the panel. About 200 people were in the audience and I’d say one-third were students, which was really beautiful. I was able to talk about how we’re addressing food justice issues at GMC and how students could initiate similar projects on their campuses.”
She stayed in the village of Fossano on the Italian Piedmont, about an hour’s drive from Turin. The local townspeople greeted Katelyn and her fellow delegates with a marching band procession and a community meal. “Fossano was a friendly place with these staggering views of the Italian Alps. My host family was a couple over 70 years old—by the end of our stay they had us calling them ‘nonna e nonn’ (grandma and grandpa).”
Katelyn was obligated to leave Turin each evening at 6 p.m. to catch the bus back to Fossano, but her time in the village had its own rewards. She got an intimate picture of the Piedmont region through a trip to local wineries and garden tours with Alice Waters (the famous American food activist, chef and restauranteur) and Ron Finley (the “guerrilla gardener” in South L.A.).
The experience has influenced Katelyn’s thinking about her own academic journey. She’s considering changing the focus of her self-designed major in GMC’s progressive program to agro-ecology, agricultural methods that raise food in ways that minimize disruption to natural ecosystems. She’s already connected with GMC alumni in the region like Josh Brill of Breezy Meadows Orchard in nearby Tinmouth, who raises goats and is one of three commercial Vermont rice growers.
“Josh uses agro-ecology practices from Japan, growing chestnuts and hazelnuts as feed for the goats. Hazelnuts replicate soy in nutritional qualities, and chestnuts can replace corn. One of the big benefits of Terra Madre is it gives you opportunities to share practices like this person-to-person. If I’m in a micro-climate similar to another place you can be really creative about adapting practices to your own region.”
Katelyn is pumped at the prospect of attending Terra Madre again two years from now—she’s also interested in helping her GMC classmates through the process of applying as funded delegates. In the meantime, she’s using her knowledge gained internationally and close to home to practice food justice in creative ways. For the College’s annual Thanks and Giving celebration later this month, Katelyn and her fellow GMC classmates will serve meals prepared from produce gleaned from local farms.
The opening of trade between the U.S. and Cuba marks a significant transition in the countries’ diplomatic relations. Amid this fascinating transitional period, Green Mountain College is offering students two interdisciplinary courses during the spring 2017 semester including a travel opportunity to Cuba.
“Cuba in Transition: Energy, Sustainability, and Justice” will examine historical and modern Cuban culture, with a focus on conceptions of sustainability, capacity for incoming renewable energy businesses, and the relationship with social justice in a country that is governed by socialism.
“Renewable Energy Technology Applications” will focus a course project on assessing the renewable resource potential in Cuba in support of the “Cuba in Transition” course. The project builds off of students’ understanding of renewable energy resources, technologies and policies to deeply examine current and future projections for clean energy development in Cuba.
The courses are offered by prof. Steven Letendre (economics and environmental studies) and prof. Mindy Blank (scholar in residence, environmental studies).
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.”
Join this community conversation on Thursday, Dec. 1 to discuss a Carbon Pollution Tax initiative in Vermont supported by over 20 organizations including the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Sierra Club and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Dozens of Vermont companies have signed on to support the carbon pollution tax proposal which would place a tax on fossil fuels sold in Vermont. Students in GMC’s Economics of the Environment class are sponsoring this event to educate the campus about a carbon tax and evaluating the economic impact the policy would have on GMC. Students, faculty and staff are welcome! 6-7 p.m. in Terrace 122.
To conclude her delicate balance project, Sophia Milkowski ’17 will host a school-wide weekend devoted to wellness of all kinds. This two-day event includes vendors, guest practitioners and workshop leaders. Topics of interest include herbalism, reiki, massage, natural beauty products, allergen-safe cooking, culinary therapy, yoga, and more.
Restorative reiki-infused yoga with Hope Aguilera 12:30-1:45 p.m., Chapel.
Beauty is more than skin-deep workshop with Helena Wu (guest herbalist), 1-1:30 p.m., East Room
Cool Calm and Collected: herbs for stress and anxiety with Helena Wu, 1:30-2, East Room
Group discussion: mental health within marginalized groups of the GMC community with Dominic Wright, 3-4 p.m., East Room.
Massage basics (focusing on self-massage and injury prevention) with Rebecca Ruplin (guest masseuse), 2-4 p.m., Chapel
Allergen-free Cooking Therapy workshop with Nagera Pemberton and Carleen Brandon, 1-4 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Menstrual Myth-Busting workshop with Katie Best, 1-3 p.m., Chapel
Flower essences workshop with Helena Wu, 1-1:30 p.m., East Room
Natural preventatives and remedies for colds and flu with Helena Wu 1:30-2 p.m., East Room
Soap, Salve, and Lip Balm making workshop with Bug Schilling, noon-2:30 p.m. (Farmhouse)
DIY Kombucha workshop with Sophia Milkowski and Erica Siclari, 2:30-3 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Tea and Tincture workshop with Rebecca Ruplin, 3-4:30 p.m. (Farmhouse)
Two students will unveil senior shows in the Feick Fine Arts Center and in the Surdam Gallery this Friday. Deirdre Graham’s exhibition of ceramic work titled “Impermanence” will be on view at the Feick Friday, Nov. 18 through Dec. 6. The opening reception is Friday from 6-8 p.m. Deirdre is an anthropology/sociology major. Cristina Tamarez presents her show “Assimilation: the Creation of a New Identity,” her senior capstone exhibition, on Friday at Surdam from 6-8 p.m. She is an interdisciplinary studies major with a primary focus in art and a secondary focus in anthropology. Her show will also be on view through December 6.
After nine days of turning off the lights, the winner of the College’s annual Do It In The Dark event is Bogue Hall. Having reduced their electricity usage by a whopping 14.5%, Bogue is the winner! Lyman and Cree trailed close behind, reducing their electricity usage by 11.7% and 9.5%, respectively. Bogue will now receive up to $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades. Any students interested in being a part of the assessment and upgrade processes can get in touch with Ryan Ihrke from the Sustainability Office at email@example.com. Thanks to all who participated!