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January 21, 2013
Contact: Kevin Coburn
Phone: 802-287-8926

POULTNEY—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the Martin Luther King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. At Green Mountain College we are making a special effort to observe the holiday and support the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy through the entire semester.

There are several GMC events and activities on Monday, and at other times this week, which focus on Dr. King’s ideals of racial tolerance and service to community.

  • I know many of you will join José Tulio Gálvez Contreras, sustainable community development outreach coordinator at the College, on a trip to Rutland tomorrow to volunteer for service activities coordinated by VHCB AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps. Projects include cooking food for Community Action in Southwestern Vermont’s Feed the Freezer Project, painting and building at the Women’s Shelter and the Vermont Achievement Center, preparing lunch for the community at Grace Church and cooking with kids at the Boys and Girls Club.

  • Tomorrow, as part of the College’s "Philosophy in Action" series, guest philosopher Mark Coeckelbergh (University of Twent, Netherlands) will give a public talk in the East Room (4-5:30 p.m.) on "Growing Moral Relations in Environmental Ethics: Technology, Imagination, and Principles." A portion of the event will be structured as a debate between Professor Coeckelbergh and GMC philosopher Steven Fesmire on the role of imagination in ethics.

  • Also tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the East Room we will host a Migrant Justice presentation delivered by migrant farm workers. They will discuss their lives and work experience as migrant workers in Vermont. Migrant Justice’s mission is to build the voice, capacity and power of the migrant farm worker community and engages community partners to organize for social and economic justice and human rights. Meet some of the “invisible people” who provide vital services for our economy and our society—often without the protections afforded by U.S. citizenship.

  • On Thursday, January 24, we’re pleased to host Timothy McCarthy, director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Our 2013 Honors Plenary Speaker and leading civil rights advocate, Dr. McCarthy will speak to us about modern slavery and the sex slave trade. His talk is titled "Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition.” The presentation will be at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room. He is a remarkable speaker who has lived a remarkable life—you won’t want to miss his talk.


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