War Resister to Speak at GMC
The first U.S. soldier court-martialed for desertion during the Iraq War plans to speak at GMC on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium.
Camilo Mejia comes to campus as the speaker for a Voices of Community plenary. His talk will address his nine-month jail sentence, his views on torture in Iraq, and his reasons for refusing to fight.
In April 2003, Mejia was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Florida National Guard. During his deployment, he witnessed the killing of civilians and the abuse of detainees, leading him to question the morality and legality of the war. When he returned to the United States in October 2003 for a two-week leave, he decided never to return to Iraq. He went into hiding to avoid redeployment and was classified as AWOL–or Absent Without Leave–by the military.
After five months underground, he surrendered to the military at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and submitted a formal application for discharge as a conscientious objector. His application was denied. In May 2004, a military jury convicted him of desertion and sentenced him to jail.
Mejia has authored a book titled “Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia.” His talk is free and open to the public.
GMC Choir to Perform at National Cathedral
The Green Mountain College Choir will provide the prelude music to the Evensong Service at the Washington National Cathedral on Vermont State Day, Sunday, March 30. The performance takes place at 3:30 p.m.
Vermont State Day will be observed in conjunction with the Cathedral's “Racial Reconciliation and Justice Week,” March 30–April 6. The week, and particularly the Sunday morning service, will celebrate the ministry and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his last sermon, “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution.” King preached the sermon at the National Cathedral March 31, 1968, just days before he was assassinated.
The preacher at the 11:15 a.m. worship service will be the Honorable John Lewis, a living legend of the civil rights movement and Georgia 's representative for the 5th Congressional District. Other events will include a 10 a.m. Sunday forum, a Vermont Day Coffee Hour and a tour featuring the ways Vermont is represented in the Cathedral.
The Green Mountain College Choir and Cantorion is directed by Prof. James Cassarino.
Science Series Features UVM Professor
On Monday, March 31, the chair of the University of Vermont 's Department of Plant Biology presents the second lecture in GMC's spring science series.
Tom Vogelmann will give a talk titled “The Inner Lives of Plants” at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall room 334. It is free and open to the public.
The final lecture in the spring science series has been rescheduled. Neil Kamman from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation now plans to visit GMC on Monday, April 28, for a talk titled “Mercury Contamination in the Northeastern Landscape.” It begins at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall room 334.
GMC Economic Forum Continues
Alfred Watkins, science and technology coordinator for the World Bank in Washington D.C., comes to Green Mountain College on Tuesday, April 1, as part of the Green Mountain Economic Forum.
He will present a lecture at 3 p.m. in Ackley 334 titled “Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity Building in Developing Countries: How World Bank Programs (and others) Can Create the Potential for Growth and Poverty Reduction.”
The Green Mountain Economic Forum is co-sponsored by the GMC Speaker’s Bureau and the business department.
Family Farm Forum Event Next Week
Author Will Allen visits GMC on Wednesday, April 2, to discuss the history of pesticides and the media as documented in his new book, The War on Bugs.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is part of GMC’s Family Farm Forum, and is free and open to the public. more...
GMC Sustainability Guru Invited to Conference
Jesse Pyles, GMC’s sustainability and service learning coordinator, has been invited to speak at a Rutland conference on the environment.
The Four College Conference takes place Wednesday, April 9, from 2 – 5:30 p.m. at the Clementwood Spiritual Life Center in Rutland. Jesse will be part of an afternoon panel presentation and open forum regarding environmental concerns. Fellow panel members include local sustainability advocate Natalie Brassile, Avery Cleary, executive director of Hooked on Nature, and Marion C. Honors, an artist and lecturer from Latham, NY.
Students at GMC, Castleton State College, St. Joseph’s College and the Community College of Vermont have been invited to attend the conference, which was organized by the Clementwood Spiritual Life Center and a committee of student services staff from all four colleges.
The program is designed to raise the consciousness of college students regarding the environment, as well as get them involved with solving environmental problems.
The general public is also welcome to attend this event. There is no fee. For further information or for registration, call 776-2960 or e-mail ClementwoodSpLCt@aol.com.
Prof. Jennifer Baker (arts & sciences) is an exhibiting artist at the Brick Box Gallery in Rutland. The group show, titled "The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center's March Madness," will run from March 14 - April 6.
Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) served as the lead author on two recently released energy reports. The first report, titled "Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles and the Vermont Grid: A Scoping Analysis", was co-authored with colleagues from the University of Vermont’s Transportation Center. This report presents the results of six months of research to better understand the regional impacts that would likely result from greater use of so-called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).
Steven served as the lead author on a second report titled "Residential Photovoltaic Metering and Interconnection Study: Utility Perspectives and Practices." The report presents findings from a survey of 63 electric power companies that Steven conducted on behalf of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The report documents how individual utilities handle the integration of home-scale solar electric power systems.
Prof. Bill Prado (business) will lead a professional development workshop at the 2008 Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Conference titled “Leading and Managing for Global Sustainability: A Conversation for Possibility and Action.” AOM is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world, with 17,500 members from over 100 nations.