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March 30, 2010
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC Pre-Law Program Hosts Public Lectures
and Workshops

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College presents three programs in its annual Pre-Law Speakers Series that touch on issues including global environmental pollution and animal rights here in Vermont. All programs are free and open to the public.

Globalization and Global Environmental Rights
When: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Where: East Room, Withey Hall, Green Mountain College Tseming Yang, professor of law and director of the VLS/Sun Yat-Sen University Partnership for Environmental Law in China Program, will give a talk focused on case studies involving hazardous waste contamination and impacts on small/poor communities, one in Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border, the second one in Guangdong province, China, a so-called "cancer village." These studies illustrate the global dimension of environmental rights and environmental justice problems, the challenge of incorporating them into international environmental governance systems, and efforts to address them.

Beyond Human Rights: Should Animals Have a Voice
When: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Where: East Room
Joanne Bourbeau, senior state director for Vermont and New Hampshire for the Humane Society of the United States, hosts a talk discussing the role of animals in our society. What are the differences between animal protection and animal rights? And what role do we as humans play in defining these parameters within a public policy setting? Bourbeau serves as the president of the Vermont Humane Federation and on the board of the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations. She also chairs the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force and represents the HSUS on the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals.

Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where: East Room, Green Mountain College Joanne Bourbeau and experts from the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force will host a workshop on the detection, evidence collection, and prosecution of animal crimes. This will be a hands-on workshop featuring mock wildlife and farm animal crime scenes and CSI style investigations. Experts from the region will be on campus to train all interested people. The workshop will occur on the GMC farm and other natural areas on campus. Other speakers and presenters include Janet Carini, D.V.M., owner of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic in Castleton; JoAnn Nichols, a Vermont licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1998, specializing in reptiles; Robert Sterling, a warden for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department based in Fair Haven, and Craig Hanson of the Rutland County Sheriffs Office. The program is free; preregistration is required. Contact Shelby Phillips at 802-287-8392 or to register. Lunch is not provided, but meals can be purchased at the College's dining hall.


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