Environmental Science and Studies Events
March 19th, 2014
The Nature-Rich Life
“The future will belong to the nature-smart–those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”- Richard Louv
Richard Louv will come to Washington College on March 19, 2014 to discuss “The Nature-Rich Life: Nature-rich cities, nature-rich homes, nature-rich schools and more.” Louv is a bestselling author of “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods.” Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.
March 21st, 2014
Nature Wars with Jim Sterba
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Rose O’Neill Literary House will host veteran journalist and author Jim Sterba on Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m. to talk about his recent book, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds.
Sterba will discuss why so many Americans have become detached and disassociated from the natural world outside their suburban homes, and the effect it has had on their interactions with animals just beyond their backdoors. The event takes place at the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue, and is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.
Shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Nature Wars tells the story of how the baby-boom generation neglected the wildlife around it, absorbed instead by the new and exciting possibilities of consumer goods and the newly discovered delights of television. NBC’s Tom Brokaw described it as a “smart, stylish and altogether provocative account of how we are confounded by that which we claim to hold so dear.”
Sterba aims to explain how what should have been a nature lover’s dream has become quite the opposite. “Today, it is quite likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in America than anywhere on the planet at any time in history,” he writes on his website (http://www.jimsterba.com). “This should be wonderful news—unless, perhaps, you are one of 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, your child’s soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, coyotes are killing your pets, … beavers have flooded your driveway, or bears are looting your garbage cans. Nature Wars tells the story of how a wildlife comeback miracle became such a mess.”
Sterba has more than 40 years of experience in the journalism world, beginning with the now defunct Washington, D.C.-based Evening Star newspaper in 1967. His early years as a war correspondent took him to faraway posts including Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan and Beijing. He then went on to serve as a foreign correspondent and a national reporter for both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
March 29th, 2014
Recipes for Change: Amy Kalafa
Amy Kalafa, holistic health and nutrition counselor For over 25 years, Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Amy’s production credits include three seasons of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s parenting show, “What Every Baby Knows”, PBS specials, “Our Nation’s Health: A Matter of Choice” and “Healthy Aging”, as well as the Reiner Foundation’s, “The First Years Last Forever”. She has produced food and health segments for “Martha Stewart Living”, has appeared as a guest chef on PBS’s “Cultivating Life” and is a writer/producer for PBS’s “Lidia’s Italy”. Amy holds a Lectureship at the Yale School of Medicine and Psychiatry for her work in the field of health communication, in recognition of a series she created for Court TV, “Inside the Criminal Mind”. Amy has worked on numerous training films for Yale University and the US Department of Education. Amy is also a holistic health and nutrition counselor and a Lyme disease consultant. Her advocacy work extends to her personal life as well. She served a four-year term on the advisory board of the Weston / Westport Health District’s CDC funded “Target Lyme” prevention initiative and she is a founding board member of the AIDS Treatment Data Network, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and an organic farmer. She and her husband Alex have two daughters who have always brought their lunch to school. http://angrymoms.org/about/the-moms/
This lecture is the third of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.
April 17th, 2014
Recipes for Change: Will Allen
Will Allen, Founder and CEO, Growing Power Inc. Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People. http://www.growingpower.org/about_us.htm
This lecture is the last of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.
April 22nd, 2014
Jeremy Irons stands on a beach beside the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon. Above him towers a mountain of rubbish-a pullulating eyesore of medical waste, household trash, toxic fluids and dead animals-the result of thirty years of consumption by just one small city out of how many in the world? As the day’s new consignments are tipped on top, debris tumbles off the side and into the blue of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by a vast reach of plastic bottles, a forlorn Jeremy Irons stares at the horizon. “Appalling,” he mutters.
In the new docu-feature TRASHED, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.