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2020-2021 Upcoming Events 

InFocus is encouraging the Moravian College community members to join the Summit Series put on by Planet Forward in partnership with the National Council for Science and the Environment

Oct. 16-30Planet Forward Summit Series

The focus of the Planet Forward Summit Series is environmental equity, inclusion, and institutional change - and the narratives around them.  The Summit runs from 1-3 pm ET with speakers from 1-2 pm and student breakouts will follow. Registration to attend the Summit is free.

Highlights of the Summit include amazing change-makers and storytellers: 

  • October 16:  The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., founder of the Hip Hop Caucus and Think 100% will talk about environmental equity and "changing the culture" - and how he uses music and story to propel the cause. He calls this "our lunch counter moment."
  • October 23:  Shirley Collado, President of Ithaca College will tell her story of leading deep institutional change to create a diverse culture and a commitment to environmental justice. 
  • October 30:  Susan Jin Davis, Sustainability Lead for Comcast, will discuss the media giant's corporate / media commitment and efforts to broaden diversity, awareness, and action in communities across the country.

Also featured are student stories, Planet Forward correspondents, and Storyfest winners who have traveled the world with Planet Forward's team of science communicators and journalists. Read more about the Planet Forward Summit Series and register here

You will find this a timely, compelling, and inspiring event series that captures stories that can move the planet forward. NCSE is proud and privileged to partner with Planet Forward as we share value for the role that science plays in service to the environment and society, and the importance of communicating science through story.

Previous Events

November 17: InFocus film: The Story of Plastic (7 p.m., virtual)

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The Story of Plastic  Piles of Plastic

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October 27: InFocus film: Honeyland (7 p.m., virtual)

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Honeyland Poster          NYT write up, Contains Worlds in One Beautiful, Seemingly Simple Story

Honeyland was directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

When a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance. Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. Whenan unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Sundance Film Festival –WINNER World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, WINNER World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact for Change, WINNERWorld Cinema DocumentarySpecial Jury Award for Cinematography

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October 6: From Shallow Sustainability to Deep Sustainability: Our Common Future Requires Environmental Justice (Dr. Sam Grant, 7pm)

Sam Grant

"I can't breathe" forms an intersection of environmental justice and social justice. Sam Grant works with frontline communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues, yet historically excluded from the conversation. He directs an organization,, that works to "ensure that all voices — white, black and brown; indigenous and immigrant; rural and urban — are heard and honored in securing a safe climate."  

September 29: InFocus film: Mossville (7 p.m., virtual)

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"Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes, and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land - and his community. "

Mossville, when great trees fall 

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September 24: The Use of Climate Models in the Simulation and Projection of Climate Change (Laura McBride’16, 5:15pm)

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As a 2016 graduate of Moravian College, McBride's PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating climate models to determine how effective the Paris Climate Agreement pledges will be at keeping global warming to only 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. Starting with the basics of climate science, she will describe the role of models in science research.

Laura McBride photo

September 3: Jonathan Safran Foer, author of our first year reading We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (Thursday, September 3,  7–9:30 p.m. )

InFocus Kickoff! Jonathan Safran Foer, author of our first year reading We
are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (7pm).
Foer is a bestselling novelist who has turned his focus to environmental issues. In We are the
Weather, he addresses the question of how people can know about climate change and yet not
believe in it deeply enough to take any action. The entire first year class will participate in this
special event featuring Foer at Moravian College, by providing questions for the Q&A following
his talk. These questions are drawn from students’ summer writing assignment.

Register Today!

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

About Jonathan Foer: Award-winning, bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer engages audiences in thoughtful dialogue on the environment, culture, and society. His books include Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Here I Am, Eating Animals, and We Are the Weather.

September 1: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (Film screening, Tuesday Sept. 1,  7-9:30 p.m.)

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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change