Renowned Language Academy to be Hosted by GMC in July
Green Mountain College will host the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy this summer from June 28-July 25. In the month-long program, MMLA students in grades 7 - 12 will choose Arabic, Chinese, French, or Spanish at various levels. Each group lives in a language-specific college residence accompanied by bilingual residential counselors and teaching faculty. Over 100 visiting faculty and staff members will be on campus to teach 400 students.
“Students will spend over 240 hours learning and using the language--that’s more than a year in a regular classroom setting,” says MMLA Language Director Roberto d’Erizans. “We reinforce classroom instruction by making the language part of every aspect of life. We’re also introducing our students to life on a real college campus, which reinforces the message that we are a community dedicated to real learning.”
Middlebury College began a collaboration with The Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2005. The Monterey Institute, now in its 50th year, is well known for graduate education in language teaching.
Vagina Monologues Performance to Benefit Women's Shelter
On February 21, students and faculty will host an annual performance of the Vagina Monologues, a global VDay event to end violence against women and girls. The performance will take place in the Gorge at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. All donations go to the Rutland Women's Shelter. This event is hosted by People Are Not Their Sex (PANTS), GMC's gender studies club. For more information, please contact Tori Sarver.
Two Events Conclude Black History Month Series
A Black History Month series sponsored by the African American Culture Club wraps up this week with two free events.
On Tuesday, February 17, a screening of "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" will be held in the Gorge at 7 p.m. The film is a compelling documentary that speaks to new evidence surrounding the murder of Emmett Louis Till. As a result, a new investigation was launched by the Department of Justice on May 10, 2004, to reopen the fifty year-old case.
Prof. John Nassivera and student Shawn Henry host a presentation on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Titled "Germany's Black Holocaust 1890-1945," the presentation will focus on Germany's Black Holocaust and the "unbelievable stories of black survival, liberation and rescue."
Direct Action Training Slated for Gorge
Greenpeace USA and GMC's Club Activism are hosting a Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training February 21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Gorge. It is free and open to the public.
The training is to get ready for Powershift 2009, a national student conference on global warming. Seventy GMC students are participating in the Washington D.C. event from February 27 to March 2. On March 2, students plan to attend the National Day of Action: Capital Climate Action on Capitol Hill which is being organized by Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.
For more information contact Christina-Alexa Liakos, Club Activism Facilitator.
China Legal Researcher to Host Lecture at GMC
On February 23, a legal researcher from Peking University will visit GMC for a lecture focused on China and Tibet. The talk by Zhang Siyu, titled "Environmental Issues in China and Tibet and the Role of the Environmental NGO," is on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Terrace 124. The event is sponsored by GMC's pre-law program and the Green Mountain College Speaker's Bureau.
Climate, Energy and Communities: A Community Conversation with Climate Scientist Dr. Alan Betts
This spring, Green Mountain College will produce a plan to meet its obligation under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to become climate neutral. The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC), which will be leading this effort, is inviting all members of the GMC community to be involved in the process.
To that end, CSC is hosting a community conversation with Vermont’s leading carbon researcher Dr. Alan Betts on February 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the Gorge. Dr. Betts will provide an overview of the latest science on climate change and discuss what climate neutrality means for an organization like GMC. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on this important topic.
Dr. Betts is the founder of the Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union, and past-president of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state, serving on two of the working groups of the Governor’s Climate Change Commission.
As one of the original signatories of the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007, GMC is committed to reducing greenhouse gases on campus and integrating sustainability into the curriculum. At the time of the singing, GMC had already made significant progress towards the latter goal through its Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) program. Last year, GMC published its greenhouse gas inventory and took steps to reduce its carbon footprint by moving ahead with plans for a new wood-fired plant which will use local, sustainable resources for heating the campus. An associated co-generation component will produce 20% of the College’s electricity, bringing GMC several steps closer to the goal of climate neutrality.
GMC Announces Spring Speaker Series
Legal scholars and scientists will be visiting Green Mountain College this spring for a speaker series titled "Law, Science & the Sea." The series kicks off on March 26 and wraps up April 7. In addition to public talks, the visiting scholars will be meeting with students and attending classes during their time on campus.
Visiting Scholar: Prof. Stephen Dycus
Feick Art Center, 6:30 p.m.
"Whales' Tales: Reconciling National Security and Environmental Protection."
Over the last decade, the Natural Resources Defense Council has brought a series of lawsuits against the Navy to try to force compliance with various environmental laws in the Navy's testing of two new active sonar systems. The latest such suit reached an uncertain conclusion in the Supreme Court last year, and the litigation is ongoing. This talk will address this litigation, as well as prospects for protecting the nation from its enemies without destroying the environment we would fight to protect.
Prof. Dycus is a Vermont Law School professor who wrote the first book on national security and the environment, and is the lead author in one of the country's prominent text books in national security law. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Harvard Law School.
Visiting Author: Riki Ott, Chelsea Green Speaker Series
The Gorge, 7 p.m.
"The Democracy Crisis: Lessons from the Exxon Valdez Disaster"
Ott will draw on her recent book, Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, to apply lessons from the Alaskan oil spill to today's crisis regarding environmental challenges and effective governance.
Inspired by her father and Rachel Carson, "Riki Ott became a marine biologist, but thought to make her living in commercial fishing - having gone to Alaska and fallen in love with its people and its landscape. But just four short years later, in 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil in Prince William Sound. The local economy, communities, and thousands of miles of environment were devastated. And then ignored. Her two heroes of a past battle were now to be her guiding lights for the future. Since then, Riki has devoted her life to justice for everyday people, the environment, and their livelihood."
Visiting Scholar: Prof. Betsy Baker
The Gorge, 7 p.m.
Talk Title: "The Speed of Sound in the Realm of Light: Mapping the Arctic Continental Shelf"
Prof. Baker is a specialist on The Law of the Sea Treaty, which may dictate which countries have rights to drill for oil on the ocean floor, particularly in the arctic as global warming shrinks ice sheets and exposes stretches of ocean floor previously inaccessible to oil rigs and platform drilling facilities. Professor Baker is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds both LLM and PhD degrees from German universities. She was the director of International Programs at University of Minnesota Law School and director of the LLM program at Harvard University.
Kids Art Work to Take Center Stage February 27
Creative kids are invited to show off their best work in the second annual Green Mountain College Kids Art Exhibit sponsored by the GMC Quality of Life Committee. The exhibit is open to all children and grandchildren of GMC employees.
A participant reception will be held February 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. Art work should be submitted by February 23 to Renee Beaupre White, Griswold Library, 2nd Floor or Natalie Coe, Ames Hall 109. Entry forms may be picked up at the Griswold Library Front Desk.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
The Green Mountain Division of the Society of American Foresters formally recognized the new Green Mountain College Forestry Club at their winter meeting February 6. In addition to receiving a charter, club members learned about the supply and demand of assorted biofuels in Vermont and heard remarks from Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources Jonathon Wood and Jason Gibbs, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Pictured accepting the charter are (L to R): Luca Neugebauer, club treasurer; Mary Beth Dewey, club secretary; Cliff Dornbusch, club vice-president, and Ian Foertsch, club president. Also attending the meeting was Prof. Jim Harding (natural resources management).
In January, campus security officer Sven Miller led a ten-day trip through EF Tours to Italy and Greece. Svea Miller '07, administrative assistant to the learning center and career services, and GMC students Stina Miller and Cristie Durand went on the trip. Pictured are (from L to R): Cristie Durand, Svea Miller, Sven Miller and Stina Miller. The photo was taken on Mount Vesuvius over looking Naples and Pompeii.