GMC Is First Vermont College to Sign
College Presidents Climate Commitment
Green Mountain College president John F. Brennan is the first Vermont college or university president to sign on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment – a group of colleges and universities that have signed their commitment to reaching climate neutrality in their curricula and operations. Participating as a Leadership Circle member, Green Mountain College has agreed to provide both guidance and promotion of the initiative.
The agreement, organized by ecoAmerica, Second Nature and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, focuses on controlling climate change and curbing the emission of greenhouse gases. more...
Land Mine Activists to Speak Tonight at Coffeehouse
Martha and James Hathaway, whose Dorset, Vermont-based organization, Clear Path International, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday evening, March 12 in the GMC Coffeehouse in Moses Hall. Clear Path International is a Non-Government Organization helping to deal with the terrible aftermath of landmine use in warfare.
One of the most tragic and troublesome aspects of 20th century warfare has been the wide use of landmines in and around areas of battle. After the war is over, these landmines are not completely removed. The deadly leftovers often remain in the ground, waiting--for years--to be accidentally detonated by unsuspecting victims. Clear Path International is both an assistance-for-victims organization that has long operated in Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as an activist organization attempting to limit the use of weapons landmines, cluster bombs, and other devices that cause high civilian casualties. They will soon be operating in Afghanistan as well. This presentation will also provide a real-life introduction to the growing importance of NGOs in worldwide diplomacy and assistance in general. For more information, contact Prof. John Nassivera at ext. 8290.
China Scholar/Translator Bill Porter
to Speak Tonight
Bill Porter is an internationally renowned translator of Chinese poetry and Buddhist texts, will give a slideshow talk entitled “In Search of the Way: The Chinese Quest for Solitude” on Monday evening, March 12 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. Porter has been a practicing Buddhist monk, worked as a radio journalist (putting together over 1100 programs about his extensive travels in China), written a book about searching for hermits in contemporary China, and penned several books of translations, including "The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain," the 300 surviving poems of a Tang Dynasty hermit poet. Porter will also visit two classes – Prof. Mark Dailey’s Anthropology of China and the block course, “Chinese Mountain Poetry,” taught by Dailey and Prof. Laird Christensen. Porter’s appearance is co-sponsored by the anthropology department and the Speakers Bureau.
2007 Sophomore Scholar Lecture: Dr. Walter Sinott-Armstrong, Professor of Philosophy & Legal Studies at Dartmouth College
The 2007 Sophomore Symposium will kick off on Thursday, March 15 with a guest lecture by world-renown philosopher, Dr. Walter Sinott-Armstrong, in a talk entitled, “From Moral Philosophy to Moral Neuroscience: How Our Paradigm is Shifting” on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge of Withey Hall. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is a Professor of Philosophy and Hardy Professor of Legal Studies at Dartmouth College. He has also served as Visiting Professor at The John's Hopkins University and Princeton University. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is also author of several books, including Moral Dilemmas & Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic (with Robert J. Fogelin), as well as God? A Debate between a Christian & an Atheist (with William Lane Craig) and Moral Skepticisms.
Rep. Andy Donaghy to Speak on Campus
Green Mountain College’s Pre-Law Club is pleased to present Poultney Representative Andy Donaghy in a public forum on Monday evening, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Now in his third term in the Vermont House of Representatives, Donaghy began his legislative career as a democrat before switching to the republican party. He serves on the Transportation Committee, whose oversight ranges from setting gas taxes to prioritizing bridge and road repairs. Donaghy will discuss issues pending before the Vermont General Assembly, including sex offender sentencing reform, health care, and water quality improvements in Vermont. The campus community and general public are invited to attend this free event. For more information, contact Prof. Rebecca Purdom, Director of the Pre-Law Program, at 802-287-8301.
Paul Opel to Give Classical Guitar Concerts
Green Mountain College Guitar Instructor, Paul Opel will present a performance on campus in Poultney on Sunday, March 18, at 3:30 in the Feick Art Center. A repeat performance will take place on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 in the Gorge of Withey Hall. Highlights will include music by Pierre Attaignant, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hindemith’s Rondo for three guitars, featuring Mr. Opel and students from his studio. Opel is a graduate of Bennington College where he studied guitar with Michael Starobin and Edward Flower. In addition to Mr. Opel’s teaching duties at Green Mountain College, he has participated in the college wind ensemble and accompanied the college choir in two international concert tours. The concerts are free and open to the public.
Rep. Peter Welch to Speak at Rotary Benefit Dinner
On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the Poultney Rotary Club will hold its annual dinner to benefit the Poultney schools. This is the third year for the dinner, which has been well supported by GMC faculty and staff in the past. This year’s guest speaker will be newly elected U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, who has quickly made a name for himself in Washington. Tickets are $50.00 per person and will include a served dinner prepared by Chartwells. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar and a chance to mingle with the Congressman. Dinner will be at 7:00 followed by Rep. Welch's comments. In the two years of the event Rotary has raised over $5000.00 for the two Poultney schools. For tickets, call Dick Wright at 287-9110 (days) or 287-5218 (nights).
Prof. Emmett Francois (adjunct professor of photography) has had his photography featured in two recent publications – both locally and nationally. His photo of the former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, appears with an article in the current issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Magazine Proceedings. He also contributed photos for the cover and inside of the Lakes Region phone book, a publication of Manchester Newspapers.
Prof. Jacob Park (Business & Public Policy), along with Ken Conca, University of Maryland and Matthis Finger, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, will be a co-editor of a new book ("Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Toward a New Political Economy of Sustainability"), to be published later this year by Routledge. With leading scholars from US, Canada, UK, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, and other countries contributing individual chapters, the book "Crisis of Environmental Governance" examines the increasingly contested boundaries between globalization, sustainability, and governance, and discusses why the important goals of the 1992 Rio Summit have been so marginalized so far by the international community.