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On March 23, Doug Bishop '17, Maggie Parson '17, and prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resources management) attended the Power from the North Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The conference addressed topics related to Sarah’s Geopolitics of Energy course and focused on US-Canada energy relations in the past, present, and future.

Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) organized a group of international scholars for a panel entitled "Protest & Politics in Energy Transitions: From Wood to Coal and Back" for the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History held in Washington, DC earlier this month. As part of this session, she presented her paper "Pragmatic Activism: Wood Energy as Political Protest in the 1970s." Sarah was also invited to serve as moderator for a panel called "Histories for the Future: What Happens When Histories Try to Make History?"

When prof. Laird Christensen (English) heard that GMC student (now alumnus) Adam Zais '14 was seeking advice on wildland firefighting, he forwarded him on to prof. Ron Steffens (communications, online), who works summers as a fire manager and fire analyst for the National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park. The initial conversation led to Adam's first fire-season job, in the southern Cascades of Oregon for the summer 2014 fire season. The two collaborated on an "After Action" column for the January-February 2015 issue of Wildfire Magazine (Ron serves as chair of its editorial board). The essay is titled, "When Do You Become a Firefighter?," and tells the story of his first fire season. Adam recently accepted a position out of Gold Beach, Oregon for the 2015 summer fire season.

A recent article by prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies) and Codie Tedford '14 on community-scale biomass in Vermont published in the Environmental Justice Journal was recently featured on the Grist website as a reason to "steal this environmental justice journal!" You can check out the commentary at:

Last week, Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (Natural Resource Management) presented new research on the political challenges of developing local energy at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in San Francisco. Her talk, “Distributed Power: The Development of Biomass Energy in the U.S. and the Politics of Renewables” was part of a broader panel that examined how scales of government have affected physical and political power from the American West to Slovenia.

This Friday at 3 p.m. Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) will give a talk about her recent book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass. Her book tells the story of the Appalachian Trail's creation. The AT was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Sara will also be giving a talk at the Phoenix Book Store at 7 p.m. in Burlington. Visit here for more on the Burlington event.

Green Mountain College is pleased to host Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore—A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. Cerulli will make a public presentation on Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge at Withey Hall. Cerulli’s book tells the story of his journey from eschewing not only flesh but all animal products, to becoming (improbably) a hunter. At the age of 20, concerned about the ecological impact of eating meat, Cerulli became a vegetarian, then vegan. “A few years later, having moved back to a rural community from New York City, I realized that all food has its costs. From habitat destruction to grain combines that inadvertently mince rabbits, to the shooting of deer in soybean and lettuce fields, crop production is far from harmless . . . I began to see the question wasn’t what we ate but how that food came to our plates,” he said. Primary sponsorship for Cerulli's visit to GMC is through the class Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management which examines a range of topics and issues related to hunting. Cerulli's book is one of the texts used in the class this semester. His visit coincides with a unit related to food production and game sampling where he will share some of his recipes with students.

Green Mountain College welcomed journalist and author Jim Sterba for a public presentation Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. The program was based on Sterba's recent book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, which offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90% of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens. All the while, our well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing billions of dollars in damage, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities. Sterba has worked as a foreign correspondent and national affairs reporter for more than four decades at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt
(Natural Resource Management) recently published an essay in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's magazine, AT Journeys. The article explains what inspired her to walk 2,175 miles along the Appalachian Trail as she performed ten months of extensive historical research on this famous footpath. Mittlefehldt's research was recently published in her book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics (University of Washington Press, 2013). Learn more about the project--and listen to some original music by field assistant John Gillette--by checking out this link. To read the complete article, click here. To read a story about the development of Sarah's book, see this GMC Bulletin story from 2011.

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.

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