Writer and activist Derrick Jensen delivers President’s Sustainability Convocation
Derrick Jensen, widely considered a star of the deep ecology movement, will give an address called “What is Sustainability” on Thursday, Nov. 10. The speech, taking place at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts, is this year’s President’s Sustainability Convocation. The event is free and open to the public.
Jensen is the author of over twenty books, including Endgame, A Language Older Than Words and Dreams. He is the recipient of such honors as the Eric Hoffer Book Award and USA Today’s Critic Choice and was named the Press Action’s Person of the Year. He earned a BS in mineral engineering in physics at the Colorado School of Mines and an MFA in creative writing at Eastern Washington University.
The President’s Sustainability convocation is one of many events that have taken place on campus this fall as part of Sustainability Month, a new initiative spearheaded by students, faculty and staff. Kaylind Batey ‘17, president of the Centre Environmental Association, is glad that Sustainability Month has brought issues of environmentalism into the spotlight at Centre.
“This month of events is important for Centre because it raises the visibility of sustainability efforts on campus that sometimes go unrecognized, and it’s also an opportunity to set sustainability goals for the future,” Batey says. “These events also bring to light individual responsibility and awareness of the social and environmental challenges that we face as a society. These conversations are important, and we hope that Sustainability Month helps facilitate this type of dialogue.”
Other events that took place as part of Sustainability Month have included a trail clean-up and hike at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, a recycling demonstration, a farm-to-table meal featuring food sourced locally, several other convocations and an information session about careers in sustainability.
Upcoming events that are part of Sustainability Month include an ARTivism Festival on Friday, Nov. 11 and a convocation address by writer and activist Wendell Berry on Monday, Nov. 14.
The ARTivism Festival, taking place from 5-11 p.m. in the Combs Center, will feature students showcasing artwork, poetry, dance and dramatic pieces created in the name of environmentalism and civil rights. In conjunction with the festival, an art auction benefiting the Green Revolving Fund will take place there as well, along with a canned food drive for Danville and surrounding communities.
Berry’s convocation, part of the continuing Humana/Grace Doherty Library Speaker Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. Berry, the author of more than 40 books and recent recipient of the National Book Critics Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award, regularly speaks out about environmental conservation and sustainability. For more information about Berry’s convocation, click here.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
November 10, 2016