Congressman Martin Meehan to Give Commencement Address
Green Mountain College president John F. Brennan has announced that U.S. Representative Martin Meehan, Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, will give the keynote address and receive an honorary degree at the College’s 170th Commencement on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.
“Congressman Meehan has championed many causes, including global warming, sustainable development and civil rights, that are close to our students’ hearts and our mission,” said Brennan. “He has represented his constituency and the country with a fierce tenacity that is a service to all American citizens.” more...
Poet, Former NPR Commentator David Budbill to Give Reading
The campus community is invited to an evening of "Poetry, Music, and Politics" with writer David Budbill at Green Mountain College on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. Budbill is author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, dozens of essays, introductions, speeches and book reviews, the libretto for an opera and is a performance poet on two CDs. He was for a time a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his poems are frequently read by Garrison Keillor on the NPR feature, The Writer's Almanac. more...
World Premiere Musical of New Orleans Jazz, Blues and Gospel Opens This Week
Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, gospel singers, and voodoo drummers will all share the stage during a world premiere performance of Green Mountain College professor John Nassivera's "PROMETHEUS BOUND in New Orleans." The play runs from Thursday April 26 through Saturday, April 28 with a 7 p.m. curtain. The final evening will be a benefit performance for Americorp's City Year New Orleans program to raise funds to assist school children displaced by hurricane Katrina. more...
Bard College Psychologist to
Discuss New Research on Bullying
Bard College Psychology Professor Matt Newman will give a talk entitled “Of Hamsters and Men: New Perspectives on the Consequences of Bullying” on Friday April 27 at 11 a.m. in Terrace Hall 124. The stress of being bullied has been associated with everything from depression to violent and anti-social behavior, with no clear sense of what moderates the consequences. Newman’s research takes a new perspective, inspired by animal models of stress and aggression, and suggests that the consequences might depend on when the bullying happens during development. In this talk, Newman describes several studies testing this hypothesis, and discuss the implications both for dealing with bullying in the schools and for thinking about the long-term consequences of stress. The talk is open to all. For more information, contact Prof. Jennifer Sellers at 802-287-8280.
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) has had reviews of two new biographies of Canadian literary stalwarts published in Canadian Notes & Queries. While waxing enthusiastic over Ormond and Barbara Mitchell's W.O. Mitchell: The Years of Fame, 1948-1998, Stuewe was far more severe with Robert Thacker's Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, even suggesting that if the publisher had "paid to have this book copyedited, it should ask for its money back."
Prof. Jacob Park (Business & Public Policy) has been selected as a 2007 Erasmus Mundus International Scholar by the European Commission's Eramus Mundus/Masters in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management Program (http://www.mespom.org). As an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Jacob will be co-teaching a master's degree course on "Business, Society, and Environment" sponsored jointly by Central European University (http://www.ceu.hu) Business School and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy from May 15-31.
Profs. Vangie Blust (Sociology), Dick Weis (Art) and Mark Dailey (Anthropology) just attended the 2007 ASIANetwork Conference in Lisle, Illinois (April 20-22). Weis attended in particular to network in his role as GMC's International Programs Director. Blust attended a mandatory session for all faculty recipients of the 2007 ASIANetwork - Freeman Faculty-Student Research Awards; she is preparing to take 5 students to the Philippines this summer. Dailey and two students who went to China with him in the summer of 2006 on an ASIANetwork grant presented the research results from the trip at a poster session of all 2006 ASIANetwork-Freeman grant recipients. The two students were Felipe Estudillo-Colon ('06), who is pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Keith Solmo ('06), who is working as an archaeologist in Utah. The poster was titled "Ritually Honoring Ancestors in an Era of Rapid Economic Transformation: 2006 ASIANetwork-Freeman Student-Faculty Research in Jiangsu Province, China."
Prof. Karen Swyler’s (Art) work is currently on display at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia in a solo show titled “Karen Swyler: In the Niche,” which opened April 6. The exhibit runs through April 29. Work from the show may be viewed on The Clay Studio website. New pieces by Swyler can also be viewed in New York City at Greenwich House Pottery as part of a show titled “Made in Clay,” which will be up until April 28.
Prof. Stefanie Wickstrom's (Environmental Studies and Political Science) chapter in a new book edited by David V. Carruthers and entitled "Environmental Justice in Latin America" will soon be published by MIT Press. "Cultural Politics and the Essence of Life: Who Controls the Water?" examines conflict over water in Chile, Bolivia, and Mexico in an effort to determine how indigenous communities, non-indigenous governments, and transnational business attempt to exercise control over water. It draws conclusions about how different regimes in the three countries influence the conflict and about effectiveness of indigenous communities' and movements' responses.