Celebrating Earth Week
CHESTERTOWN, MD —In a series of free public events leading up to Earth Day, the Washington College Center for Environment and Society (CES) will host several guest lectures a documentary screening and a farmers’ market, all promoting sustainability and responsible use of the natural environment.
The Earth Week events kick off Monday, April 15 with a lecture by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin titled “For the Love of God: Responding to the Call of the Earth.” It will take place at 5:00 p.m. in “The Egg,” a meeting and performance space on the ground floor of Hodson Hall Commons on campus. Rabbi Cardin is a familiar face at Washington College, where her 2009 lecture “Jewish Perspectives on the Environment,” brought a greater understanding of Judaism and its relationship to the environmental movement. Rabbi Cardin is the Director of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network and the Chair of the Chesapeake Covenant Communion. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has written several books, including: Tears of Sadness, Seeds of Hope: a Jewish spiritual companion to infertility and pregnancy loss, and A Tapestry of Jewish Time: a spiritual guide to the holidays and lifecycles.
On Wednesday, April 17, at 5:00 p.m., back in The Egg, Joan Maloof, founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will deliver a lecture titled “Talking about trees: How are we all connected and how do we respond?” Her work with the Old-Growth Forest Network, a nonprofit organization working to create a network of forests across the United States that will remain unlogged and open to the public, has brought her acclaim in the field of environmental writing and botany. Her books Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, and Among the Ancients: Adventures in Eastern Old-Growth Forests, have both won numerous awards.
The week continues Friday, April 19, with a midday festival and farmers’ market and an evening lecture. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., area farmers and environmental educators will join student interest groups on the Hodson Green behind Hodson Hall Commons as part of a “Lights out Lunch” program created by the College’s Dining Services. The campus dining hall will close its doors to save energy and will promote sustainability by serving a locally sourced picnic lunch. There also will be live music and lawn games. While the lunch is open only to Washington College students, faculty and staff, the farmers’ market and other festivities are open to the public.
That Friday at 5:00 in The Egg, urban forager and environmental advocate Nance Klehm will speak. Klehm’s innovative approach to sustainability and food ways have received attention from Time Magazine, the Utne Reader, the Chicago Tribune, and many other publications and media outlets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and Spanish literature from George Washington University and continues her education in a variety of ways, learning everything from cheese making to permaculture techniques. She lives and grows in the middle of Little Village, a densely populated neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Klehm will bring a variety of teas and educational pamphlets for purchase after her talk.
On Earth Day itself, Monday, April 22, CES will host a screening of the feature-length documentary In Organic We Trust, followed by a Skype discussion with its director, Kip Pastor. The screening is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Norman James Theater, first floor of William Smith Hall. The film takes a critical look at the organic food movement and asks if organic food really is an effective way to save our environment and improve public health. In Organic We Trust has received numerous awards, including the Golden Palm Award in the Mexico International Film Festival, and the Audience Award in the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival.
The Center for Environment and Society is proud to sponsor Earth Week at Washington College. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Field 410-810-7162 or visit the Center for Environment & Society web site: http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces.