Convocation traditionally marks the official start of the academic year and celebrates new students’ entry into the Green Mountain College community.
The 2008 ceremony features another first: Convocation will be conducted by new President Paul J. Fonteyn, who took up his duties in July. The College will also honor John F. Brennan, who retired this summer after a six-year tenure as president of GMC.
The Convocation ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 4 at 4 p.m. on the Griswold Library lawn.
The keynote speaker is John Elder, a professor of English and environmental studies at Middlebury College. Elder has been widely hailed for his profound influence on interdisciplinary environmental studies programs; author and naturalist Bill McKibben described him as “the dean of environmental literary studies in this country.” Elder has received the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship. His address is titled “Celebration and Renewal under a Changing Sky.”
During the ceremony, Green Mountain College will award an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters to President Emeritus John F. Brennan.
GMC Presents "Voices for Sustainability" Series
Green Mountain College is offering three programs this fall as part of its 175th Anniversary Lecture Series "Voices for Sustainability." Two speakers come to campus as visiting scholars for GMC’s graduate program residencies; the third speaks to students in this fall’s Images of Nature course.
Dr. Dan Botkin, this year’s visiting scholar for the MSES residency, presents a lecture titled “Global Warming and the Balance of Nature” on Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Botkin is president and founder of The Center for the Study of the Environment, a non-profit research and educational corporation, and is also professor emeritus in the department of ecology, evolution and marine biology at University of California Santa Barbara.
On Monday, September 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium, Diane Wilson delivers a talk titled “The Courage to Advocate.” Her first book, An Unreasonable Woman, chronicles her battle against multi-billion dollar corporations that were covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting regulations and dumping toxic waste into the bays near her Texas Gulf Coast hometown.
An Unreasonable Woman was required summer reading for incoming GMC freshmen, all of whom will be enrolled in the College’s Images of Nature course. This program is co-sponsored by Chelsea Green, publishers of books on sustainable living.
“Sustainable Business Challenges for Effective Organizations and Careers” is the title of a talk from Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company based in Waitsfield, VT. Morrison is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainable business practices who has over 20 years of experience working in finance, administration, and business development. He is visiting scholar for the MBA program residency.
The talk will be on Friday, September 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge.
Green Mountain Alum Makes Publishing History
The Lace Reader, a first novel from GMC alum Brunonia Barry, has garnered positive reviews in publications including The New York Times , Publishers Weekly, and Time Magazine.
After self-publishing the title, she recently inked a book deal worth over $2 million. The Boston Globe called it "one of the biggest deals ever for a previously self-published first novel and a vivid example of how old publishing norms have changed."
Barry, now a resident of Salem, Massachusetts, studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College before going to work with theater companies in Maine and Chicago and as a scriptwriter in Hollywood.
Artist & Author to Visit Green Mountain College
Clare Walker Leslie, an artist and author nationally renowned for her work teaching nature journaling, will present "The Artist's Perception of Nature Throughout Art History" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Leslie, the author of eight books, was the 2004 winner of the John Burroughs Award for Nature Literature for Young Readers.
Her presentation is sponsored by the GMC English Department, the ELA program and the GMC Speakers Bureau.
GMC Theatre Department to Stage Our Town
To celebrate GMC's 175th Anniversary in Poultney this year, the Green Mountain College Department of Visual & Performing Arts will stage Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town. The College is producing it with the professional Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, VT and it is being directed by Oldcastle Artistic Director Eric Peterson. Performances are scheduled for GMC on November 14 and 15; the production moves to the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington the following week.
GMC students and faculty are invited to audition for a number of roles in the play. They will be performing alongside several Equity Guest Artists. Auditions for Our Town will be held in Ackley Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Scripts can be purchased in the GMC bookstore.
Sign Up for GreenMAP Trips this Week
Registration begins today for several trips sponsored by GreenMAP. Sign-up in person at the GreenMAP office in 163 Withey. Upcoming trips include:
Colden Dam Backpacking
Leaders: Nate Higgs and Matt Cavarnos
Dates: September 12 - 14
Number of Participants: 6
New Hampshire Surfing – Sea Kayaks and Surfboards
Leader: Bruce Saxman
Dates: September 19 - 21
Number of Participants: 6
Adirondacks Beginner Climbing
Leaders: Nate Higgs, Zach Behney and Kevin Rockey
Dates: September 19 - 21
Number of Participants: 8
Prof. Vangie Blust (sociology) attended the Women’s Worlds 08 Congress in Madrid, Spain July 3-9. She presented a paper titled “Touched by Overseas Filipino Employment: Four Women, Four Struggles, Similar Outcomes,” which was derived from the research she and four GMC students conducted in the Philippines in summer 2007 under the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation grant.
More than 3,000 women and about 100 men from over 100 countries attended the congress with more than 1,000 paper presentations. The Women’s Worlds Congress is held every three years; the next will be in 2011 in Ottawa, Canada.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) presented at the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE) conference, held August 9-12 at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. His paper was titled “Ecological Imagination in Classical American Pragmatism and the Kyoto School of Philosophy.” This was a preliminary study for Fulbright-funded research which he will pursue at Kyoto University during spring and summer 2009. He aims in this research to help clarify, develop, and critique aims for environmentally-responsive citizenship education in the U.S. and Japan.
Prof. Paula Mann (theatre) is playing the lead in a public reading of the play Third by Wendy Wasserstein. The reading will be at the Southern Vermont College in Bennington on September 4 at 6:30 p.m. Wasserstein was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who died in 2006. Her sister, Georgette Levis, will be leading a discussion about the playwright and the issues in the play following the reading.
Prof. Joel Shapiro (education) had a book review published in the June issue of the National Association of School Psychologists Communique. This is the bimonthly journal published by NASP, which is the major organization of school psychologists in the U.S. The title of the book Joel reviewed is Adolescent Self-Injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals, by A.A. D’Onfrio.
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine art) traveled to Chattanooga, TN for the opening of the two- person show "Louder Than Words" in which her work was featured. She also gave an artist lecture at the opening. Her work is currently on display in a three-person show at LaCoste Gallery which runs from August 9-31. Work in this show can be seen at the LaCoste Gallery website.