African American Culture Club
Recognizes Life of Jeffrey Brace
The tides of history nearly passed over the story of Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who won his freedom after fighting for the colonials in the American Revolution before settling in Poultney, Vt., more than two centuries ago.
Thanks to an enterprising historian and the curiosity of several of Brace’s descendents still residing in New England, Brace’s extraordinary life story will be memorialized on Sunday, October 12. A 2:30 p.m. ceremony sponsored by Green Mountain College’s African American Culture Club and the Poultney Historical Society will include the dedication of a Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker in East Poultney.
Kari J. Winter, professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo, discovered Brace’s original memoir. “Memoirs of former slaves who remembered Africa are extremely rare, as are first-person accounts of black soldiers who served in the American Revolution,” Winter said. In the process, Winter’s project brought together long-sundered branches of the Brace family still living in St. Albans, Vt., and in Indian Orchard, Mass.
Green Mountain College Prof. John Nassivera and students in GMC’s African American Culture Club took an interest in the project, and spearheaded the effort to create a permanent memorial to Brace’s extraordinary life. Several members of the Brace family plan to attend the October 12 celebration. Following the 2:30 p.m. dedication of the Brace historic marker, Prof. Winter will deliver reflections and lead a discussion at the United Baptist Church of East Poultney. These events are open to the public.
Green Mountain to Host Writers Symposium
The 6th Annual Horace Greely Writers' Symposium at GMC October 11-12 honors the life and work of Horace Greeley and features four authors providing inspirational presentations and interactive writing workshops. The program is designed to give voice to aspiring writers and offer an opportunity for experienced writers to renew a commitment to a narrative, a biography or an unfinished poem.
Guests include keynote speaker Joni B. Cole, author of the inspiring Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive and creator of the acclaimed This Day book series. Other participants include Dr. Robert C. Williams, author of Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom; Burnham Holmes, teacher of speech and writing at Castleton State College and author of One Shining Moment: Sports Heroes for a Day; and Michael Jarrett, professor of English at the York Campus of Penn State University and author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing and Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC.
Writers in all genres are welcome—for a reservation form click here.
Chronicle of Higher Ed Features Local Food at GMC
The September 26 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education features the GMC Farm & Food Project in an article titled "Colleges Chew on Local Food Phenomenon."
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), GMC Farm & Food Project Director, talked about the College's "three-tined approach" to local food, which includes a five percent annual increase in the local food budget as well as increasing production on the college farm and a focus on student education.
Click here to read the article.
GMC Soccer Forward Wins NAC Accolades
Taylor Riso, a forward for the women’s soccer team, recently earned back to back honors in the Northern Athletic Conference.
For the week of September 22, Taylor, a first-year student, was named NAC Player of the Week. She scored a hat trick in GMC’s 3-0 victory over Johnson State. Her three goals accounted for all of the scoring in the contest, and helped the Eagles claim their first victory in the NAC conference.
The following week, Taylor garnered the NAC Rookie of the Week title. She scored four goals in leading Green Mountain to a 2-1 week. She scored one goal in a non-conference victory against Regis College; she produced two goals and played 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Maine-Farmington, and scored one goal while playing 35 minutes in a victory over Thomas College.
Work Day Slated for GMC Section of Ski Trail
Volunteers are needed for an afternoon of trail maintenance on the GMC Section (Section 11 Ninevah 4 Corners to Tin Shanty) of the Catamount Ski Trail. The work is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Van transportation will be provided to and from Brennan Circle. The plan calls for repairing a bridge, removing cut up logs, and trimming back branches. Email Prof. Thayer Raines no later than October 13 to sign-up.
The Catamount Trail (CT) is a 300-mile cross-country ski trail running the length of Vermont. Starting in Readsboro on the Massachusetts border, it winds its way through the heart of the Green Mountains to North Troy on the Canadian border. This will be the fourth year of service that GMC has provided to its adopted section of the trail. For more information on the trail visit www.catamounttrail.org.
Annual Welsh Harvest Festival on Tap
Mark your calendars for the annual Welsh Harvest Festival to be held at the college farm on Saturday, October 18 from 5 - 9 p.m. The farm crew, student clubs, classes and music ensembles promise to offer a full evening of entertainment and activities for the college community and families.
FACULTY & STUDENT NOTES
Prof. Philip Ackerman Leist (environmental studies), GMC Farm Manager Kenneth Mulder, and student Ryan Dixon have been invited to make a presentation at Terra Madre 2008, an international bi-annual conference hosted by the Slow Food organization. The trio will travel to Torino, Italy, later this month to attend the conference and present their talk “Stewardship of Land: From One Generation of Farmers to the Next” to 700 North American delegates.
“We are thrilled at the invitation to share some of our Food and Farm Project initiatives,” said Philip. “It's quite a tribute to GMC, as the speakers at the U.S. delegation meeting in 2006 included Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Gary Nabhan, David Masmoto, and a number of other well-known ‘slow-food’ advocates.”
Prof. Jacob Park (business) has been awarded an AT&T grant through the company’s 2008 Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program. Jacob is a co-principal investigator with Joseph Sarkis of Clark University and Zhaohui Wu of Oregon State University College of Business. The three collaborators will share the $25,000 award.
This annual grant program is designed to advance the development of research and help universities produce faculty and students who can contribute to solving global and regional environmental problems. Jacob’s team will investigate and document how the information and communication technology sector can achieve business and environmental value opportunities in China within that country’s rapidly changing policy landscape.
This grant builds on the work Jacob has been doing on the theme of sustainability, business, and information technology since 2001. His first output was the book Ecology of the New Economy, published in 2002 by Greenleaf Publishers.
GMC student Jonathan Voos and Prof. Ron Steffens (communications) recently presented papers at a conference focused on a scientific and policy retrospective of the 1988 Yellowstone fires. The conference, “The ‘88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond,” was hosted by the International Association of Wildland Firefighters in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Ron presented a paper titled “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fire: The Rhetorical Regeneration of Fire Landscapes and Communities.” It analyzed narrative myths that underlie and frame the way reporters, fire managers, and the public respond to wildfires. Ron has both written about wildfires and served as a fire manager in the Yellowstone ecosystem since 1992.
Jonathan also works for the National Park Service; he manages trails crews in Olympic National Park while writing an internship report that will complete a degree in natural resources management. His talk, “The Failure of Wildland Fire Management to Meet the Tenets of True Wilderness Preservation,” grew from an independent study project he researched with Provost William Throop. In his paper, Jonathan outlined the tenets for a “natural processes” approach to wilderness management that precludes active management, including fire suppression.
Prof. Tom Stuessy (outdoor studies) taught the first of two outdoor leadership practicum courses last week in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Tom and the students spent four days on campus and three days with Wild Waters Rafting Company, then proceeded to a six-day expedition. The course focused on the integration of education, human and outdoor skills required for highly effective outdoor leadership. The next group will be in the field starting next week.