Prof. Kevin Bubriski and Bruna Lobato '15 invite the community to a show this Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in Surdam that features original photography of their trip to the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Natal, and Canoa Quebrada, as well as the original works of Brazilian graffiti artists. Since last fall, Kevin and Bruna have been working on the research project entitled "Brazil’s Graffiti Art and the Language of Social, Political, and Cultural Discourse in an Emerging Economy." Come appreciate the vitality of Brazilian art and culture and some live Brazilian music with Natal-native musician Felipe Tinoco!

Peter Forbes Voices Plenary Speaker
Peter Forbes, co-founder for the Center for Whole Communities, will speak Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium as the College’s Voices Plenary Speaker. Forbes is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for the relationship between people and the land, from remote Nepal to the American Rocky West to Central Harlem, N.Y.

The Center for Whole Communities is a place-based leadership development organization devoted to bringing together people who care about the planet with people who care about our communities. As a result of Forbes’ efforts, more than 2,000 citizen and career leaders from 50 states have been trained in a unique learning process inspired directly by the Martin Luther King’s inspiration for “beloved communities” where different leaders come together to solve increasingly complex problems.

In 2004, Forbes was hired by the Kellogg Foundation to convene, for the first time ever, farm and restaurant workers and labor rights activists with policy experts and food security advocates. In 2010, Forbes came to Flint, Michigan, to develop a unique program using story and personal narrative to help former General Motors assembly line workers imagine and create a new city. He is beginning new work to foster more understanding and healing from within our nation’s public lands toward the indigenous people who were removed from those lands.

Forbes is also an artist and a writer. He is the editor of Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place and he is the author of The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society (TPL/Chelsea Green, 2001). His photographs of homesteader and social activist Bill Coperthwaite are published in A Handmade Life, which won first prize in 2003 from the Independent Bookseller's Association for most inspiring story.

Forbes describes his personal journey this way: “I have come to see how I am an edge walker, one willing and able to keep feet in different worlds in order to share perspectives.”

This event is free and open to the public.

BFA Student Exhibits at Feick Arts Center
The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students throughout the semester. Lizzie Helbig, Elizabeth Billings, Marijo Bineault, Ian Barnum, and Annie Parham will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of fine arts degree.

Marijo Bineault of Springfield, Mass. uses drawing and painting to remove herself from the hectic world around her. Using non-traditional mark-making techniques paired with inks and paints, Marijo lets the materials guide the outcome of each piece.

Her exhibition "Cosmic Imperatives" will be on view April 5 through April 16 with a reception on Friday, April 5, from 6 - 8 p.m. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or

"Ethics in the Local Food Movement:
An Interdisciplinary Analysis"

On Thursday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room, GMC alum Tatiana Abatemarco ’04 will give a talk titled “Ethics in the Local Food Movement: An Interdisciplinary Analysis.”

Tatiana currently teaches as an assistant professor of environmental studies at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York. She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy and environmental studies from GMC in 2004 and went on for her masters in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Vermont in natural resources with a concentration in environmental thought and culture.

Tatiana will be contributing to GMC’s Masters of Sustainable Food Systems program as an adjunct faculty starting this summer. This event is sponsored by the office of career services.

Contemporary Art Theory Class Does the Big Apple
Last weekend, professor Jessica Cuni's Contemporary Art Theory class traveled to New York City to see firsthand much of the art they are studying.

The class visited several Chelsea galleries, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Highlights included a retrospective exhibit of the work of renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Frank Stella retrospective at the fabled Castelli Gallery, and a magnificent exhibit of the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. At the Brooklyn Museum, the class met with an exhibiting artist, Marela Zacarias to discuss her installation in depth.

The class returned to GMC late Sunday night enriched, inspired...and tired!

Politics of the Appalachian Trail
A little known fact about prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (NRM, environmental studies) is that she hiked the entire 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail as part of her Ph.D. dissertation exploring the social and environmental history of the trail.

Along the way, she met with local residents, volunteers, non-profit partners, and government officials, using data to assess changes in the interplay of power and authority between different groups in the effort to protect and develop this natural resource.

Her book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics will be released by the University of Washington Press this fall 2013. Meanwhile, the trailer for the book is posted on their YouTube page, and can be viewed below.

Spring Concerts Feature Eclectic Mix of Music
A pair of concerts featuring the Green Mountain College Choir, the GMC and Community Band, and special guests will be held in Ackley Hall in April.

On Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the choir and guest musicians present a night of popular music ranging from Tin Pan Alley to the great jazz standards of the 40s and 50s. On Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., The GMC and Community Concert Band presents its annual spring concert featuring selections from Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana.

Other highlights will include a collection of Welsh battle marches, whimsical French folk songs, and a high energy suite of Balkan and Armenian dances. Both performances are conducted by prof. James Cassarino (music) and are free and open to the public.


Career Corner
Mark Your Calendars!
Career Services has a full schedule of offerings for the month of April so mark your calendars and be sure to attend:
  • Thursday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m., East Room, Withey Hall, Tatiana Abatemarco ’04 will be giving a public presentation entitled, "Ethics in the Local Food Movement: An Interdisciplinary Analysis" as a part of the Alumni Speaker Series.

  • Graduate School Planning Workshop, Tuesday, April 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. or Wednesday, April 10 from 12 - 1 p.m., Griswold 2nd Floor Graphics Lab.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Tuesday, April 16 from 4 - 5 p.m. or Wednesday, April 17 from 12 - 1 p.m., Griswold 2nd Floor Graphics Lab.

  • Interviewing Skills Workshop Tuesday, April 23 from 4 - 5 p.m. or Wednesday, April 24 from 12 - 1 p.m., Griswold 2nd Floor Graphics Lab.
Feel free to contact Maia Hanron-Sanford with any questions.

GMC Sacred Places Walk
This Wednesday, April 3, join for an hour-long sunrise walk to sacred places on campus. Light refreshments will be provided. Meet in Ackley Chapel at 6:30 a.m.

A/V Editing Tutorials
Ever wanted to become more familiar with audio or video editing techniques? You can bring your own media, learn to create new material for video, or integrate your current Adobe projects into a film. Everyone is welcome to this workshop on Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Griswold Library Graphics Lab.

Progressive Program Senior Study
Senior Ernest Klepeis has been working on a 12-credit exploration of classical and modern writers, thinkers, and doers in support of his own thinking and doing. Influenced by authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, H.R. Stoneback, Dante, and Mary De Rachewiltz, the performance will include vocal elements, audio/visual styling, as well as brief analytic examinations of the work.

Join Ernest this Thursday, April 4 at 5:15 p.m. in Ackley Theater to enjoy the performance. Student Peyton Siler Jones will be a special guest accompaniment. Not recommended for children.

  • Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) gave a presentation at National Academy of Science/National Research Council Roundtable on Climate Change Education on Preparing Future Business Leaders Workshop in Washington DC on March 14. Learn more about ther workshops here.

  • Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an article in a special issue of the journal New Dimensions for Adult and Continuing Education. His invited article, "Leveraging Experiential Learning for Transfer" appeared in a special issue of the journal entitled Learning Transfer in Adult Education. The article examines how to foster transfer for adults in continuing education and distance-learning settings by incorporating experiential and active learning elements into programs. These elements include service learning, problem-based learning, reflective learning, and others. The abstract can be found online here.

Peter Forbes at GMC
BFA Student Exhibits
Ethics in Local Food
Faculty Notes

Men's Lacrosse
4/6, 1 p.m. vs. Me.-Farmington
4/7, 2 p.m. vs. Thomas

GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

Classes Resume
8 a.m.

College Programming Board Meeting
4 p.m.,
Student Life Office

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Dance Practice
6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

A/V Editing Tutorials
4 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Sacred Places Walk
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

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

"Ethics in the Local Food Movement"
9:30 a.m.,
East Room

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

Finding My Contemporaries:
A Blend of Performance/Literature

5:15 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

Graffiti Art in a Brazilian Street
6 p.m.,
Surdam Hall

BFA Exhibit Reception:
Marijo Bineault

6 - 8 p.m.,
The Feick

All Jazzed Up!
7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Hall

Massage Therapy
9 a.m.,
Wellness Center

Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel