Baratunde Thurston, comedian, co-founder of Cultivated Wit, and author of the New York Times bestseller How to be Black, will speak Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge. The annual Voices of Community Plenary Talk, sponsored by the Environmental Liberal Arts Program, Speakers Bureau, and the Department of Communication Studies, is free and open to the public. Full story Below...

Comedian and Bestselling Author Baratunde Thurston to Speak at GMC
The stand-up comedian Baratunde Thurston published How to be Black in February of 2012. The comedic memoir describes Thurston’s “coming-of-blackness” from his Washington D.C. childhood to his education at Harvard. Thurston weaves “how to” chapters into his personal story, providing lessons, humor, and an avenue for readers to access a more empathetic understanding of race and modern-day racial tensions. Thurston states in his introduction: “This is a book about the ideas of blackness, how those ideas are changing, and how they differ from the popular ideas promoted in mainstream media and often in the black community itself.”

In 2006, Thurston founded Jack & Jill Politics, a political blog known for its strong media presence through the 2008 Presidential election. From 2007 to 2012, Thurston served as an digital director for The Onion. Today, Thurston serves as an MIT Media Lab Fellow, a columnist for Fast Company, and the CEO of Cultivated Wit, a place that brings together technology, comedy, and creativity.

Thurston has been named one of the 100 most influential African-Americans by The Root, and listed as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

Poultney Earth Fair: Bigger and Brighter Every Year
The Poultney Earth Fair Steering Committee wishes all Poultney families a happy 2014 and looks forward to a promising 7th Annual Poultney Earth Fair full of fun, life, and excitement. The event will again be hosted at Poultney High School on Thursday, April 24 from 2-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Poultney Earth Fair is an all-community event and a genuine celebration of local sustainability. Please put it on your calendars and don’t forget to bring your family, friends and neighbors to explore the more than 60 exhibits, activities, and projects geared towards people of all ages. The 2014 theme is “Powering Into Our Future.” It will focus on energy of all kinds: human energy and people power, solar power and other renewable energy, and the social power and community vibrancy that could drive Poultney into a sustainable future.

Come experience free tastes of fresh, organic, wood-fired pizza and other locally produced snacks. Enjoy the many activities, like tie-dye T-shirt making, live music, and the popular scavenger hunt, which will be expanded this year. Your involvement is what makes the Poultney Earth Fair a much anticipated spring tradition. Many of the displays result from creative collaborations between student groups from Poultney Elementary, LiHigh School, Poultney High School, and Green Mountain College. This event encourages students to take the lead in building lasting community partnerships through projects and displays.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fair, reserving a space for a display, or creating a project for the Earth Fair, please contact José Gálvez Contreras or 225-936-9973.

The Next Best Thing to Being Here
Green Mountain College launched a new online “virtual tour” of campus during winter break. The production was filmed last fall with our partners YouVisit and is hosted by GMC student Shannon Saulsbury ’15. You may think you know the campus, but there’s bound to be something surprising here for everyone, from prospective students researching GMC to alumni who have been away for a while. If you know someone who would love to come to campus but can’t make it in person, pass on the link.


Apply for GreenMAP Snowshoe Training
GreenMAP will conduct a training next month for those interested in leading snowshoe trips. The snowshoe leader training will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14-Sunday, Feb. 16. Those interested must be available for all training dates. Potential snowshoe leaders must complete an application which is due Monday, February 3 at 5 p.m.

Applications can either be turned in person to the GreenMAP office or emailed to Kelly McFadden. The number of spots in this training will depend on land management permitting. You will receive an email the week of February 3 letting you know if your application has been accepted and more details about the training. Please direct any questions to Kelly Heslin or Kelly McFadden.

Adventure Education Hosts Talks by Activist Herm Hoops
The adventure education department is pleased to announce that Herm Hoops will give two talks on Wednesday, Feb., 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at GMC. His first talk, in Terrace 124, is titled “Threats to Rivers of the West.” Hoops will talk about the competing pressures to deliver drinking water, present recreation programs, and oil, gas and mineral extraction which are changing the character of visitor experience to western rivers. His second talk at 1:30 p.m., also in Terrace 124, is titled “The History of Inflatable Boats and How They Saved Rivers.” Hoops will discuss the family tree of modern inflatable boats, tracing how the use of surplus military pontoon bridges, assault vessels, and life rafts irrevocably changed recreation in the USA and formed the backbone of a multi-billion dollar recreation industry.

Hoops grew up on a large dairy cattle and Morgan horse farm. After attending the University of Vermont he taught vocational agriculture and forestry in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He began running Western rivers in 1966. In 1975 he began a career with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Herm retired from the Dinosaur National Monument in 1996, but he has continued following his love of rivers as a guide, naturalist, historian, and a proactive advocate fighting to protect the river canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

Strength Training and Conditioning Coaching Joins GMC  
Josh Bollock, the head strength and conditioning coach at GMC, introduces a new strength and conditioning program designed to help students, faculty, and staff develop athletically and cognitively over the next semester.

Josh joined GMC this summer after working as the head strength and conditioning coach at both Killington Mountain School and the University of Redlands in California. In addition to his National Strength and Conditioning Association certification, Josh is a certified specialist in sports nutrition within the International Sports Sciences Association and a certified club coach under USA Weightlifting.

This new program is open to any interested student, staff member, or faculty member. Students can sign up for free, while staff and faculty members must pay $20 per week.

The first 7-week session begins on Monday, January 27. The second session, which is 8-weeks in length, begins after spring break. The hour-long workout sessions will take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Josh will be kicking off the program on Monday, January 27 with orientation in the East Room of Withey Hall. Those interested should attend either the 7 am meeting or the 12:30 p.m.meeting to sign-up for workout times, complete paperwork, and ask questions. Additionally, Josh will present workout expectations as well as training and nutrition tips.

This workout program is only open to the Green Mountain College community.

Spring Contra Dancing!
Along with the Techno Contra, this semester Contra Club will be providing transportation to the three local Tinmouth Dances (Feb 21, Mar 21, and Apr 18) and a Burlington Dance (TBD). If you are interested, please talk to Natasha Kacoroski or email her at

Meditation: Relax and Rejuvenate your Spirit
Join us for guided mediation sessions held at 4 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ackley Chapel. Guided Meditation is a practice that is common to most religious and spiritual traditions around the world. The form we practice is not affiliated with any specific tradition, but is meant to help participants relax, refresh themselves and let go of stress and anxiety. Meditations are led by GMC's Campus Chaplain, Shirley Oskamp.

Faculty Note:

Prof. Steve Letendre (environmental studies) will give a talk on the impact of electric vehicles on Vermont during the third presentation of the Green Mountain Power Lecture Series at Rutland's Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center. Steve says the electrification of Vermont’s vehicle fleet presents an opportunity to decrease dependence on imported fuels. The lecture takes place Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

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Men's Basketball
1/31, GMC at Maine Maritime
   7:30 p.m.
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Women's Basketball
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   5:30 p.m.
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