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Date: August 28, 2012
Contact: Kevin Coburn,, 802-287-8926

Green Mountain College to Host Public Talks from Graduate Program Scholars in Residence

POULTNEY, VT – Students in two online graduate degree programs at Green Mountain College will soon be gathering for an annual four-day residency session in Poultney. While most of the class work is conducted online, each program features an intensive residency where students interact with colleagues and faculty and meet nationally recognized scholars. Besides providing private workshops for students, each scholar in residence will provide at least one lecture that is open to the public.

Husband and wife team Andrew Light and Juliet Eilperin are scholars in residence for the College’s master of science in environmental studies (MSES) program. Eilpirin will speak on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the East Room, Withey Hall. Her talk is titled “Energy and Environmental Policy at a Crossroads: The 2012 Election.” Light will speak that evening from 7-8:30 p.m. in the East Room. The title of his talk is "International Climate Diplomacy at a Crossroads: From Durban to Doha.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear a widely recognized journalist and a renowned policy maker comment on the state of the environment in these programs.

Light is associate director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University and senior fellow and director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. A globally recognized environmental ethicist, he specializes in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy and climate change. He has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books on environmental ethics, the philosophy of technology, and aesthetics.

Eilperin, after graduating from Princeton University in 1992, went to South Korea on a Luce Scholarship, to cover politics and economics for an English-language magazine. In March 1998 she joined The Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter. Since 2004 she has covered the environment for the paper’s national desk, reporting on science, policy and politics. Her latest book Demon Fish: Travels through the World with Sharks was published in June, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” as well as in Smithsonian and Popular Science.

The following week, Green Mountain College’s sustainable MBA program will host scholar in residence Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College. Schor will present on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Her talk is titled “Getting to Plenitude: Building a Small-Scale, Low-Impact, High-Satisfaction Economy.” She will also participate in a panel discussion from 3-4:30 p.m. on the titled “Making the Shift to Sustainability–Challenges & Opportunities.” Both programs will be held in the Gorge and are open to the public. Other panelists for the second program include Green Mountain College faculty members. The panel will be moderated by Karen Martinsen Fleming, director of the sustainable MBA program.

Schor is an expert in consumer patterns, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years. Currently she is working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to America’s lifestyles and the mergence of a conscious consumption movement. Her most recent book is Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. She is also author of the national best-seller The Overworked American: the Unexpected Decline of Leisure, and the Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need.

All programs are free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Green Mountain College now offers three graduate degree programs including the Sustainable MBA, MSES, and the masters of science in sustainable food systems (MSFS). The programs were created for working professionals and are conducted largely online.

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