Community invited to first President’s Convocation on Climate Change and Sustainability

 

Community invited to first President’s Convocation on Climate Change and Sustainability

Posted by Student Worker in News Archive 10 Mar 2011

Centre College will host its first President’s Convocation on Climate Change and Sustainability as part of Green Week to encourage important conversation and ideas regarding these and other topics. An exciting and diverse array of events will be held from Tuesday, March 15, through Thursday, March 17.

The major highlight of Green Week is the President’s Convocation on Climate Change and Sustainability, which will feature Dr. Robert K. Musil, senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he teaches about global climate change and energy policy. He also teaches in the Nuclear Studies Institute of the School of International Service. From 1992-2006, Musil was the longest-serving executive director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). In 1985, this organization was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Musil’s talk is titled “Hope for a Heated Planet? Why Students Are Ready to Lead” and will take place on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre on campus. This event, and all Green Week events, is open and free to the public.

Musil will explore solutions to climate change; possibilities for students in varied career paths; and the necessity of sophisticated, life-long learning, leadership and civic engagement.

Other exciting events scheduled for Green Week include a screening of the film HOME; Lecture Slams with Centre students, professors and staff members; poetry readings; and Trash Theatre.

Check out the detailed schedule below for dates, times, locations and event descriptions.
Tuesday, March 15
The Lorax Project: Puppet Theatre for Social Change 
11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.: Campus Center
Becca Finney ’11 will lecture, demonstrate and discuss her adaptation for a puppet/person performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a 1971 book that chronicles the plight of the environment.

Eco-Speak: Readings of Poetry and Prose
7 p.m.: Black Box Theatre, Grant Hall
Students, faculty and staff members recite poetry and literature focusing on environmental issues.

Wednesday, March 16
Film screening: HOME
7:30 p.m.: Young Hall, Room 113
HOME is a documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand of visually stunning footage from more than 50 countries, all shot from aerial perspective. The film, narrated by actress Glenn Close, hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action for maintaining the delicate balance of humans and planet Earth.

Trash Theatre 
Little Green Riding Hood and The True and Terrible Story of the Three Little Pigs will be performed as street theater, which means actors and actresses will choose a time and venue on the fly. (So pay attention across campus!)

Thursday, March 17
Dumpster Dive
11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.: on lawn in front of Campus Center
Everyone is welcome to stop by and see students dive into trash as a way to educate folks on what materials can be recycled. This project is an excellent way to raise people’s awareness about the things they throw away. There are recycling bins all around Centre’s campus.

Lecture Slam
11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.: Campus Center
Five-minute “slam lectures” by Centre students and faculty

President’s Convocation on Climate Change and Sustainability 
7:30 p.m., Weisiger Theatre
Dr. Robert K. Musil’s talk is titled “Hope for a Heated Planet? Why Students Are Ready to Lead.”

Trash Theatre
Little Green Riding Hood and The True and Terrible Story of the Three Little Pigs will be performed as street theater, which means actors and actresses will choose a time and venue on the fly. (So pay attention across campus!)