Gender & Sexuality the Focus for March Events
Films, colloquiums, art shows and more are on tap over the next several weeks to celebrate Women's History Month at Green Mountain College. The series, sponsored by GMC's Women and Gender Events Committee (WAGE), features guest speakers as well as student work and faculty research.
Faculty Colloquium: Dr. Marsha Fonteyn
March 18, 12 - 1 p.m.
Dr. Marsha Fonteyn presents a talk titled "The Experience of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Insight Gained from Women’s Expressive Writing." She will discuss the findings of her research team’s qualitative study analyzing the journals of a group of women with metastatic breast cancer.
GMC Feminist Fair
March 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The annual Green Mountain College Feminist Fair will be held in Withey Hall. Clubs, classes and individuals are slated to host booths and tables with displays centered on topics related to women, gender and sexuality.
March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Dale Allen, a veteran actress and playwright who has earned acclaim for her ability to connect with her audiences through character portrayals, song, comedy, history, myth, art and artifacts, will present her one-woman show “In Our Right Minds." more...
On the evening of Friday, March 20, the coffee house hosts an art exhibit focused on gender and sexuality.
Dr. Allan Johnson
March 23, 7 - 9 p.m., East Room
Dr. Allan Johnson presents a talk titled "Thinking About Race and Gender." His visit is sponsored by GMC's Intercultural Center.
March 17: The Magdalene Sisters
The story of young women sent to a convent for reform and the degradation they endure.
March 24: Water
The story of Hindu women living a life of austerity in an ashram by the river Ganges.
*Showings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge.
New Athletic Director Takes Up Post
Marybeth Lennox, GMC's new athletic director, arrived on campus March 9. She was hired in mid-February and comes to GMC from New Mexico. As athletic director, Lennox will supervise the College's 14 interscholastic sports programs for men and women and oversee athletic training and sports information activities. more...
"Preparing for a Collapse?" Speaker to Discuss Radical Social Change
What if humanity stopped trying to prevent societal collapse and instead embraced it as an opportunity for radical social change?
Prof. Jon Jensen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Luther College and a visiting scholar at the University of Nebraska School of Natural Resources, comes to GMC on March 19 to discuss how collapse, while transformative, is unlikely to be fatal and may provide opportunities that currently seem unimaginable. His talk, titled “Preparing for a Collapse?” begins at 4 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room.
In his discussion, Jensen uses the lens of resilience thinking from ecology to explore the idea of collapse and what it means for contemporary sustainability education and environmental activism.
On March 18, at 4 p.m. in Ackley Theater, the GMC Theater Program and the African American Culture Club will present a reading of the controversial and historically important play Uncle Tom's Cabin. The event is a follow-up to Black History Month.
Prof. John Nassivera (theater) has done an adaptation of the 1852 play originally written by actor-writer George Aiken. The Aiken play was based closely on the famous anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The aim of this adaptation is to make the Aiken script work for contemporary theaters and audiences—so a true American classic can be rediscovered and its reputation can be retrieved from layers of misunderstanding.
The George Aiken dramatization of Uncle Tom's Cabin had its origins close to GMC: It premiered in Troy, N.Y., in 1852. GMC was originally closely linked with Troy, and the college’s name when founded by the Methodist Church was Troy Conference Academy. The Methodist Church was strongly anti-slavery in the northern states prior to the Civil War. The 1852 play went on to become a huge hit in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and elsewhere—also in England. The play ran for many years and it contributed to Northern convictions that culminated in the Civil War.
This will be the first public reading of the newly adapted script. The cast of readers features GMC students, including Prof. Paula Mann’s acting class, and faculty.
GMC Sudoku Experts Share Love of Puzzle with Seniors
A contingent of GMC Sudoku enthusiasts crunched some numbers for a good cause at the Sudoku for Seniors Fundraiser Party March 7 at the Lakehouse Pub and Grille. GMC student Dusan Vuksanovic took first place and the top prize: A Sudoku ever-sharp pencil.
The fundraiser benefited Sudoku for Seniors, a group of local volunteers who introduce seniors to the popular puzzle as a way to increase mental agility and encourage socialization. Elliot Shor, a GMC junior, taught a session during the fundraiser and was featured in a story in the March 8 edition of the Rutland Herald.
Pictured are (L to R): Dusan Vuksanovic, John Hale, Renee Beaupre White, Sam White, Stina Miller, Elliott Shor and Svea Miller.
Yes Men Come to Green Mountain
Who are the “Yes Men?” The argument could be made that they are entertainers, con-men, and social activists—or all three rolled together. They certainly aren’t corporate shills. They describe themselves as “a pair of notorious troublemakers” and they are bringing their internationally acclaimed act to Green Mountain College on Wednesday, March 25, from 7-9 p.m. at Ackley Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. More…
Blust to Host "Damsels & Dragons" Talk
Prof. Mike Blust (biology) will be giving a series of talks on dragonflies, damselflies, and a recent birding trip to Spain.
Today at 7 p.m., Mike visits the Rutland Free Library for a talk hosted by Rutland County Audubon. This past summer Mike spent a week in Madrid with birding expeditions to the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains on the outskirts of the capital, the desert-like region near Portugal at the Spain-France border. Its location makes it a major migration route from Africa to the rest of Europe, and Mike will talk about the birds he encountered.
On Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., he will host a lecture titled "Damsels & Dragons" at the Nature Conservancy's West Haven office. Click here for more information about the presentation.
VISTA Volunteer to Join Farm and Food Program
Green Mountain College’s Farm and Food Program recently received word that its proposal to bring a VISTA volunteer on board in the fall of 2009 has been accepted.
The new VISTA Local-Link Coordinator will serve as a liaison between local producers and local end-users of regional food products. The local end-users of such products will range from institutions (colleges, hospitals, senior centers) to public schools to the Vermont Foodbank. The local-link coordinator will also be responsible for developing new relationships between producers and end-users, all the while working with GMC, RAFFL (Rutland Area Farm & Food Link), the Vermont Foodbank, and VT FEED to address challenges in creating effective relationships through the use of volunteers, education, and market-based solutions.
This initiative is part of the Northern New England Tri-State VISTA Program for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Northern New England AmeriCorps*VISTA Collaboration is based on mutual interest in supporting service and service-learning focused on anti-poverty measures across the more than seventy colleges and universities.
“GMC’s support of this position is indicative of how the college is utilizing its resources to provide students with important service-learning and volunteer experiences," said Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), founder and director of the GMC Farm & Food Project. “The College is also sharing its faculty expertise to develop critical regional infrastructure that can enhance food security, the local economy, and the well-being of low income residents.
Students interested in applying for this one-year position may contact Philip for more information.
GMC Kids Showcase Art
Flowers, dragons, mountainscapes, even an owl or two: All are themes picked up by the young artists featured in this year's GMC Kids Art Exhibit. The exhibit opened with a reception on February 27 and will be on display in Griswold Library through April 1.
Participants include: Clark Auger, Hannah Cassarino, Peter Cassarino, Bryce Coe, Levin Coe, Sarah Coker, Eleanor Dailey, Emma Dailey, Ruth Dailey, Taya Fuller, Koa Gonet, Emery Letendre, Gillian Lyng, Justin Mackey, Nathan Mackey, Mamie Beth Mulder, Obadiah Mulder, Thaddeus Mulder, Zekie Mulder, Benjamin Park, Bailey Phillips, Emma Schaumloffel, Florrie Schaumloffel, Ele Sellers, Gabriel Tower, Alexander White, Noah White, Sam White and Anita Williams.
Central Vermont Outdoor Job Fair Comes to GMC
GMC’s Withey Hall is slated to host the Central Vermont Outdoor Job Fair on March 18, allowing students the opportunity to learn about job opportunities and meet professionals in the field. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., potential employers will be available to talk with students about internships, summer jobs and full-time work. Represented markets include ski resorts, outfitter/guide services, wilderness therapy, summer camps, environmental education centers, retail shops, clubs and national organizations. Some employers attending the fair include:
Camp Morty, Mt Kisko, N.Y.
Camp Thorpe, Goshen, Vt.
Farm & Wilderness Camps, Plymouth, Vt.
Friends Camp, Waterville, Maine
Girl Scouts, Essex Junction, Vt.
Hulbert Outdoor Sports Center, Fairlee, Vt.
The Green Mountain Club, Waterbury Center, Vt.
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, Killington, Vt.
YMCA, Greater Burlington, Vt.
YMCA Camp Hi Rock, Mount Washington, Mass.
The fair is sponsored by GMC's Office of Career Services, Academic Adventure Program and Adventure Programming Office (GreenMAP).
Flow Screening to Mark World Water Week
In celebration of the beginning of the UNICEF Tap Project’s World Water Week, Green Mountain College students will be hosting a film night featuring Flow, an award- winning documentary by director Irena Salina. The movie will be shown in The Gorge at 7 p.m. on March 23. The film night, hosted by students in Prof. Paul Falzone's environmental documentary class, has been organized to raise awareness regarding the commercial monopolizing of the world water supply. It also highlights UNICEF's Tap Project, an initiative to help provide millions of children around the globe with clean, safe water.
'My GMC' Link Now on Web
The Green Mountain College website boasts a new customizable feature for students, faculty and staff. ‘MY GMC,’ available through clicking on the icon at top right of the GMC homepage, is a portal that provides access to Jenzabar functions that previously resided on the Campus EX Web platform. Functions such as advising, registration, and budgets have moved to the new MyGMC.net page. In the coming months there will be a gradual migration of campus intranet functions. The majority of frequently used forms and many folders, previously only accessible to on-campus users, will be hosted on MyGMC.net and will become available to off-campus users. The site is password protected.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English & Environmental Studies) has published his essay, "The Other Side of the Clearcut," in the Forest Log of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Forest Log is an ongoing project designed to collect 200 years worth of reflections produced by environmental writers who have been invited to visit the Andrews Forest, a long-term ecological research site in the Oregon Cascades. This interdisciplinary project, which runs from 2003 to 2203, is sponsored by the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Group; the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University; and the U.S. Forest Service. Laird was writer in residence at the Andrews Forest in May of 2008. Click here to read his essay.
Prof. Rebecca Purdom (environmental studies, law and policy) has been appointed to the Vermont Water Resource Panel Science and Policy Advisory Committee. The Council will advise state lawmakers on the amendments to state water policy, including revision of the state's Anti-Degradation Policy and basin planning protocols. Rebecca joins appointees from Vermont's environmental community, industry, state and federal agencies.