GMC Economic Forum Continues
Alfred Watkins, science and technology coordinator for the World Bank in Washington D.C., comes to Green Mountain College on Tuesday, April 1, as part of the Green Mountain Economic Forum.
He will present a lecture at 3 p.m. in Ackley 334 titled “Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity Building in Developing Countries: How World Bank Programs (and others) Can Create the Potential for Growth and Poverty Reduction.”
The Green Mountain Economic Forum is co-sponsored by the GMC Speaker’s Bureau and the business department.
Family Farm Forum Event this Week
Author Will Allen visits GMC on Wednesday, April 2, to discuss the history of pesticides and the media as documented in his new book, The War on Bugs.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is part of GMC’s Family Farm Forum, and is free and open to the public.
The War on Bugs, just released by Chelsea Green Publishing in February, addresses how advertisers, editors, scientists, large scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss, colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise.
Using dozens of original advertisements and promotions to illustrate the story, Allen details how consumers and activists have struggled against toxic food.
Allen is currently a co-chair of Farms Not Arms, a coalition of farmers and farm-workers who oppose the war in Iraq. He is also a policy advisory board member of the Organic Consumers Association and serves on the board of Rural Vermont. Since 1972, he has been farming full-time in places such as Oregon, California, and now Vermont, where he co-manages Cedar Circle Farm. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Scholar to Discuss Urban Planning
Green Mountain College welcomes Prof. Dong-Ho Shin, a specialist in urban planning from Hannam University in Korea, as a visiting scholar from April 9-11.
On Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in Terrace Hall 124, Prof. Shin will give a public talk titled “Reinventing the Urban Space Using the Physical Environment: The European Experience.”
He plans to discuss how several European cities – including Dortmund in Germany and Newcastle Upon-Tyne in England – have successfully transitioned from depressed post-industrial towns to 21st century cities with renewed economic and social well-being. His talk will address ways to green the physical environment of cities as well as suggest some useful lessons based on his research.
Prof. Shin's visit is co-sponsored by the environmental studies department and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
Student-Directed Production on Tap
GMC’s Visual and Performing Arts Department presents “The Last Five Years,” directed by student Ben Jankowski, on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theatre.
“The Last Five Years” is an intimate, two-person song-cycle that tells the compelling story of Jamie, a nice Jewish boy, played by Cameron Steinmetz 09', and Cathy, a good Irish Catholic girl, played by Emily Piper 11', who fall in love, get married, and fall apart over the course of five years. Jamie is an emerging novelist enjoying his first taste of success, while Kathy is a struggling actress having trouble hitting it big, making their musical duet by turns wildly funny and crushingly sad.
Music director for the production is Paul Opel. Admission is free with a GMC I.D.; $5 for the public.
Mary Louise Bringle Authors Hymns for GMC Choir
On Thursday, April 3, Green Mountain College welcomes Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle, Ph.D. for the third presentation in the Religion & the Arts series.
Her talk, titled “Songwriting as Creative Craft, Spiritual Discipline, and Social Subversion,” will be preceded by a GMC choir presentation of two hymns that address climate change that we have commissioned Dr. Bringle to write. The presentation begins at 4 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.
Dr. Bringle has a B.A. from Guilford College and a Ph.D. in theological studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is a professor of philosophy and religion at Brevard College and chair of the division of humanities. Dr. Bringle is the author of two books on practical theology -- Despair: Sickness or Sin? (Nashville: Abingdon, 1990) and The God of Thinness: Gluttony and Other Weighty Matters (Nashville: Abingdon, 1992). Dr. Bringle has been a consultant on eating disorders in the Office of Health Ministries for the Presbyterian Church, and she is an authority on women’s issues and feminist theology.
In the last decade she turned her attention to music. She has published two texts of her own hymns -- Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing: 75 Hymn Texts (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2002) and In Wind and Wonder: 75 Hymn Texts (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007).
She has won numerous international hymn writing competitions, and she is the President Elect of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. Many of her works address contemporary social issues and seek to bring communities together to embrace social change.
The following is the text of one of the hymns commissioned by GMC:
"Can You Feel the Seasons Turning?"
Can you feel the seasons turning,
winds and waves grown wild and strange?
Can you feel creation groaning,
fearful of the coming change:
ice caps melting, oceans rising,
homes and habitations lost . . .
Can you feel the seasons turning?
Can you count the bitter cost?
Can you hear the creatures crying—
lynx and otter, wolf and whale?
Can you hear the Spirit sighing
as Her children grieve and fail?
Nature’s poor, the first to suffer,
pay the price of human greed.
Can you hear the creatures crying,
bidding us to stop and heed?
Can you feel the season turning
as an age of listening starts,
tuned to cries of deepest yearning,
changing minds and lives and hearts?
Sisters, brothers, all one family,
reaching out through time and space . . .
Can you feel the season’s turning
toward the tender green of grace?
Mary Louise Bringle
© 2008 GIA Publications, Inc.
Prof. Karen Swyler's (fine arts) ceramics classes recently participated in a service learning project, "Bowls For Hunger", at Rutland High School. GMC students have been contributing to this annual event for the last three years. This year 15 students attended. Swyler's students donated over 40 bowls to the event, which culminated with a soup dinner in the Rutland High School cafeteria. Money raised through the sale of tickets is donated to the Community Cupboard.
Prof. Bill Prado (business) organized a workshop titled "From the World of Higher Education: News You Can Use" for the upcoming 2008 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Annual Conference. Bill's presentation will provide an overview of sale-leaseback and other financial structures to reduce the cost of alternative energy systems. VBSR is a statewide business trade association of nearly 700 Vermont companies representing over 30,000 employees.