44th President Barack Obama will take the stage today for his ceremonial inauguration, approximately 83 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 15, 1929.
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timothy patrick mccarthy College Hosts Timothy Patrick McCarthy as Honors Speaker
Green Mountain College will host Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School, for a public address January 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall). McCarthy will speak to GMC students as the school’s 2013 Honors Speaker. The title of his talk is "Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition,” which focuses on modern slavery and the sex slave trade.

A historian of politics and social movements, McCarthy is a lecturer on history and literature and on public policy at Harvard University, and is the author of four books including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition and The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian. His fifth book, Stonewall’s Children: A Modern Story of Liberation, Loss, and Love, will be published next spring.

Since 2001, McCarthy has also directed and taught in the Boston Clemente Course, a multi-disciplinary college humanities course offered free of charge to low-income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass.

McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature from Harvard College, and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and PhD in history from Columbia University.

The only son and grandson of public school teachers and factory workers, McCarthy is an award-winning teacher and advisor whose courses are consistently among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard. He is the recipient of Harvard’s Stephen Botein Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2000), John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling (2003) and the Derek Bok Certificate for Teaching Excellence (2006-2012).

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement
As the nation observes today’s holiday in memory of Martin Luther King Jr., it is fitting to highlight a book recently released by Green Mountain College alumna Pamela Chatterton-Purdy ’61 that honors the great Dr. King and others pivotal in the fight for civil rights.

The Civil Rights Movement was a turning point in American history. Those who demonstrated for civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s were ordinary people who risked physical harm, imprisonment and death for the sake of equal rights. The inspiring artwork produced by Pam, The Icons of the Civil Rights Movement recognizes those historic figures who sacrificed for freedom. She uses the iconic form, gold leaf with red background on wood panel, to represent the Movement’s non-violent philosophy. The 64-page, casebound book about her artwork is enhanced by her husband Rev. Dr. David Purdy’s written account of the people and events depicted in each icon.

Information and a collection of artwork and narrative from the book can be found at the website of Pamela Chatterton-Purdy ’61.

Additionally, a donated work of art “Jeffrey Brace – From Slave Ship to Freedom” is on display in the first floor entry of the Richardson Alumni House at Green Mountain College.

Mark Coeckelbergh Presentation
As part of the "Philosophy in Action" series, guest philosopher Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Twent, Netherlands) will give a public talk titled “Growing Moral Relations in Environmental Ethics: Technology, Imagination, and Principles” at GMC today, January 21, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the East Room. A portion of the event will be structured as a debate between Professor Coeckelbergh and GMC philosopher Steven Fesmire on the role of imagination in ethics.

Mark Coeckelbergh teaches philosophy of technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and is managing director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. He’ll visit several classes in addition to the public presentation.

This event is sponsored by the Speakers' Bureau, ELA, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and the Philosophy Club.

Migrant Justice Presentation
GMC will be hosting a Migrant Justice presentation today, January 21 at 7 p.m. in the East Room. The presentation, delivered by migrant farm workers in Vermont, will discuss the lives and work experience of these workers.

Migrant Justice’s mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the migrant farm worker community and engage community partners to organize for social and economic justice and human rights.

Meet some of the “invisible people” who provide vital services for our economy and our society—often without the protections afforded by U.S. citizenship.

Sustainability Office Recycling Tips
The sustainability office estimates that at least six tons of recyclables were sent to be sorted in the 2012 fall semester. The recycling team and all of you are responsible for this success! To further improve our system and achieve even higher rates, here are some Zero-Sort Recycling rules everyone should be familiar with:
  • Anything with bodily fluids (tissues, napkins, q-tips, condoms, etc.) is not recyclable and is a health hazard for our student workers who process the recycling by hand.

  • Plastic bags, plastic filmy wrappers (saran wrap, frozen dinner covers, etc.), and envelopes with bubble wrap are not recyclable.

  • Grease-covered items are not recyclable.

  • Bottles, cans, and tubs should be rinsed out before being put in the recycling.

  • Please dump out liquids. If they spill out onto paper it ruins the whole batch and it does not get recycled.

  • Please break-down cardboard boxes and place them beside the recycling receptacles.

  • Plastics with a recycling symbol containing a number 1-7 are recyclable, as well as caps for glass and plastic bottles as long as they are attached to the bottle.
Just a reminder that you can also recycle cigarette boxes, glass bottles, jars, cardboard boxes, junk mail, magazines, softcover books, cans, detergent and beauty product containers, plastic laundry baskets, egg cartons, different types of paper, and so much more.

For more information about what you can and cannot recycle as well as what happens after you put your items in the Zero-Sort bag, download this pdf.


Career Corner
Making a Living While Making a Difference
On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it seems appropriate to discuss ways to make a difference. While it is highly unlikely we’ll become a historical figure like Dr. King, it is likely that many of us will have achievements throughout our lives that profoundly impact others.

Whether it is in the classroom as a teacher, a community leader, a parent, activist, or artist, we can find ways to positively influence the people around us. This influence can extend to the career paths we choose. The book, Making a Living While Making a Difference by Melissa Everett, walks the reader through a number of ways to approach life and career planning that include:
  • Focusing on having enough and creating a satisfying lifestyle—not focusing on having it all
  • The use of networking as a means to creating a real community, not just for a utilitarian purpose
  • Being cognizant of our career choices and how they affect those around us—our family, co-workers, our community, and our natural environments
  • Adopting an entrepreneurial view across all sectors of work—non-profit, for-profit, and government
While you can’t control everything that happens within the economy, you can control your “responses to it and your stance within it. Taking personal responsibility for those choices is key to getting your career aligned with your own values and pictures of reality and with emerging opportunities. This is the most genuine form of job security in the world today.”

To read more of Melissa’s book, stop by the Career Services Resource Room in Griswold Library.

Spring Theater Production Informational Meeting
Interested in joining the spring production? Join an informational meeting Tuesday, January 22 at 3:45 p.m. in Ackley Theater to discuss upcoming theater productions and the theater workshop course. No experience is necessary, but come with enthusiasm and the desire to get involved in GMC theater.

College Programming Board Meeting
Do you have an idea about what type of music, performance or movie you’d like to see on campus? Join other students this Tuesday, January 22 at 4 p.m. in the student involvement office to plan and host campus wide events for the Green Mountain College community.

Auditions for Spring Productions
On Thursday, January 24 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Theater, auditions for the spring improv show and main stage comedy will be held. All students are invited to audition for these productions.

One production is a student-directed production of an Improvisation Revue. Storytellers, writers, and personalities are encouraged to audition.

The other production is a mainstage comedy titled “The Complete History of America, (Abridged).”

No experience is necessary! Contact alexandern@greenmtn.edu or mannp@greenmtn.edu with any questions.

Student Academic Awards
Are you a sophomore or junior with a strong academic record and demonstrated environmental leadership? Are you committed to a career working on environmental or natural resources issues? Then you should consider applying for the Udall Scholarship.

The scholarship is for $5000 and includes an expenses paid conference in Arizona with other scholars. Applications are due March 1. GMC students have received this award the past two years. If you are interested please contact Professor Sam Edwards as soon as possible, since the application process is extensive.

Fulbright U.S Student Program
Are you a superior graduate student or undergraduate junior or senior with an interest in researching/studying abroad? If so you should consider applying for a Fulbright award. Applications take significant time to organize and you should start them now. The program benefits include:
  • round-trip transportation to the host country
  • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
In some countries, grants may also include:
  • book and research allowances*
  • mid-term enrichment activities
  • full or partial tuition
  • pre-departure and in-country orientations
For more information please contact Prof. Sam Edwards at edwardss@greenmtn.edu.

Blood Drive
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to give blood Thursday, January 24 in Withey any time from noon until 5 p.m. Anyone over 16 years of age weighing at least 110 lbs. may be eligible to donate. All donors will receive a coupon for a free one pound bag of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Winter Parking Ban
A friendly reminder from the village of Poultney to all auto owners: the winter parking ban is now in effect. To insure snow removal crews can clear the roads properly, the village traffic ordinances prohibit parking a vehicle unattended within the right-of-way of any street or highway in Poultney or in a public parking lot from November 1 to April 1 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (The Right-of -Way includes the traveled portion of the highway and the area between the curb up to and including the sidewalk or 25 feet from the centerline of those highways without a curb or sidewalk). Cars violating this ordinance may be towed—vehicle owners are responsible for towing and costs.


  • Prof. Jason Schmitt’s (communication studies) new book Speaking with a Purpose was recently published by Pearson. The book, co-authored by Arthur Koch, Emeritus, Milwaukee Area Technical College, is a primer for a practical, step-by-step approach to public speaking. It is based primarily on a traditional public speaking combined with up-to-date communication theory.

  • Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) recently presented his research “Apologies and the Law: Saying I'm sorry in Collectivist Cultures” at a symposium at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. His talk featured aspects of apologies in Micronesia, Japan, and the United States.

    The symposium, “Rescuing Relationships: Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation” featured a combination of current practitioner experience in the area of dispute resolution as well as academic discussion on the subject of rescuing relationships through apology and forgiveness. The symposium combined philosophy, psychology, and practitioner experience to fully explore the application of apology and forgiveness in the modern legal practice and in dispute resolution

  • Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy, environmental studies) gave a plenary talk at the Farm Foundation Roundtable in Mobile, Alabama on January 11, 2013. His topic was “Ethical Issues Facing Animal Agriculture.”
2013 Honors Speaker
Mark Coeckelbergn at GMC
Migrant Justice Presentation
Faculty Notes

Men's Basketball
1/22, 7:30 p.m. at Castleton
1/25, 5:30 p.m. at Me.-Farmington
1/26, 1 p.m. at Thomas

Women's Basketball
1/22, 5:30 p.m. at Castleton
1/25, 7:30 p.m. at Me.-Farmington
1/26, 3 p.m. at Thomas


MLK Day Celebration
8 a.m.,

Vinyasa Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Mark Coeckelbergh Presentation
4 p.m.,
East Room

Migrant Justice Presentation
7 p.m.,
East Room

Spring Theater Production Informational Meeting
3:45 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

College Programming Board Meeting
4 p.m.,
Withey 164

Spirituality Club
6 p.m.,
Withey Fireplace

Film Showing:
"Under the Cloak of Darkness"

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Massage Therapy
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Timothy McCarthy Presentation
9:30 a.m.,
East Room

Blood Drive
12 - 5 p.m.,
Withey Hall

Lunchtime Yoga
12:05 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Auditions for Spring Productions
4 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

9 p.m.,

Penguin Plunge
9 a.m.,
Bennington, Vt.

Film Showing:

12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

Quaker Worship Group/b>
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel