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Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice March 1, 2021

 

. . . from Greta Thunberg . . . 

"The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you." - UN Climate Summit, New York, 23 September 2019

"We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable." - UN Youth Climate Summit, New York City, 21 September 2019

"I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is." - World Economic Forum, Davos, 24 January 2019

Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.

 

Please let us know what you think of the InFocus Highlights!  

 

The InFocus Sustainability Film Series

Tuesdays at 7 pm (through zoom)

 I am Greta

Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m.

This highly moving documentary follows climate activist Greta Thunberg from the very beginning of School Strikes for Climate to the growth of a global youth climate movement. There is so much to be learned from Greta's strategy for change (the School Strikes for Climate), and her words are just unforgettable. If you ever thought you lacked the power or imagination to make change, you should see this. (1.5 hour film, followed by discussion)

Zoom link for the Film Series

March 23, 7 pm
 David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet

A witness statement of the famous nature broadcaster on the changes in the natural world over his lifetime; gorgeous, heartbreaking, and eventually hopeful (83 min, followed by discussion)

Zoom link for the Film Series
 

 

LECTURE

Tuesday March 9, 7pm

Dr Jennie Stephens

Title: Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

All politics is now climate politics, so all policies, from housing to health, now have to integrate climate resilience and renewable energy. We need to reclaim and restructure climate and energy systems so policies are explicitly linked to social, economic, and racial justice.
Thanks to Dean of Natural and Health Sciences Diane Husic for organizing this event, as a result of her collaboration with Dr. Stephens through the National Council for Science and the Environment (now the Global Council) - an organization that tries to bring together scientists, practitioners and policymakers

zoom link for Stephens Lecture
 

THE MORAVIAN COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT INVITES YOU

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Registration is required, go to  https://www.moravian.edu/battleground-doc and then enter your email and receive the link to watch in your inbox.

In a political moment defined by partisan conflict, Battleground is an intimate look at our current political divide, as seen through the eyes of two grassroots activists in the pivotal counties of the Lehigh Valley, PA. Tom Carroll is a Trump delegate, and a Tea Party Chairman. Greg Edwards is a Black pastor, and a progressive leader supported by Bernie Sanders. When their paths collide, we realize that they have much more in common than meets the eye. 

 

The Battleground documentary is 56 minutes followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Hemal Trivedi and Jonah Markowitz.

“Sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”
 

Register Now for the Writer's Conference at Moravian College

March 26-27
Featuring Writers Camile T. Dungy and J. Drew Laningham. 

Writing Nature: Refuge or Threat?
This conference will explore the ways in which people experience natural landscapes as sites of both inclusion and exclusion. How do we as writers communicate sustainability from our many different positions of race, class, gender, ability, location, and more? What stories do we hope to tell, and how can we best tell them? 
 
These events are sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the Moravian College Arts & Lectures Committee.
Contact Joyce Hinnefeld or Kate Brandeis for more information. 

 
Register Here for the Writers' Conference
 

 

The Spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall is coming!

With 11 courses led by 15 Moravian Faculty, over 200 students are beginning their InFocus research. The week of April 15 to 19 they will come together in breakout sessions led by Moravian Faculty mentors and leaders/experts from our wider community for dialogue and multidisciplinary learning, as they work together to imagine how research informs activism and advocacy.  More to come from these InFocus courses and researchers representing the disciplines of Art, Biology, Education, Health Policy, Eivironmental Writing/Activism, Nursing, Political Science, Global Religions and Speech-Language-Pathology.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE WEBINAR!  SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON ACCESSING THE RECORDING

Are you trying to better understand what took place in the 2020 election? The Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol? Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that exploits religion in pursuit of political power. Over the last decades, and by forging alliances between reactionary religious leaders and far-right economic interests, the Christian nationalist movement has evolved into a densely interconnected set of think tanks, legal advocacy groups, networking groups, and policy organizations that has an outsized influence in today’s political climate

Access the videotape of the Stewart Talk here
 

The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.

 
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

Feb. 15, 2021

 

How can our work of InFocus at Moravian College help build a world where human beings collectively flourish and heal from so many forces that divide us?

      "Education must do more than prepare [young people] for college or jobs. It must equip them with the mindset needed to address the many challenges facing this country and the world. Right now, we’re coping with the pandemic, a severe economic crisis and the growing reality that climate change will totally alter the future in ways we can barely imagine. Educational issues are rarely seen as a priority in national politics."
      "Education must show [students] how to apply what they learn to confront the problems facing the world. It must cultivate their agency and ability to think critically so that they will refuse to accept or adapt to injustice, and refuse to see racism as simply an unfortunate aspect of life. Education must empower students and provide them with the capacity to approach our collective problems with courage, resourcefulness and creativity." From Pedro A. Noguera, "Education Will Be Critical in the Fight for Democracy and Anti-Racism."

Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.

 

Please let us know what you think of the InFocus Highlights!  

 

Communicating about Climate Change and Sustainability in a Democracy at Risk
Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

How do the public and decision-makers come to understand complex scientific, environmental, and technological issues? What role do politics, expertise and culture play? Professor of Communication, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, Matthew Nisbet is a cutting-edge researcher whose work draws on environmental science, philosophy, religion, political science, communication studies and more, to explore "the importance of moderation in politics and life." 
Zoom link for Nisbet talk/discussion
 

 

Open to the public: see zoom link below

For more information, contact Professor of Global Religions, Kelly Denton-Borhaug, denton-borhaugk@moravian.edu

This event is sponsored by Moravian's Global Religions and Political Science Departments, and by InFocus Centers of Investigation.


Are you trying to better understand what took place in the 2020 election? The Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol? Stewart pulls back the curtain on the inner workings and leading personalities of a movement that exploits religion in pursuit of political power. Over the last decades, and by forging alliances between reactionary religious leaders and far-right economic interests, the Christian nationalist movement has evolved into a densely interconnected set of think tanks, legal advocacy groups, networking groups, and policy organizations that has an outsized influence in today’s political climate.
Zoom link for Stewart Public Talk
 

The InFocus Sustainability Film Series

Tuesdays at 7 pm (through zoom)

I am Greta
Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m.

This highly moving documentary follows climate activist Greta Thunberg from the very beginning of School Strikes for Climate to the growth of a global youth climate movement. There is so much to be learned from Greta's strategy for change (the School Strikes for Climate), and her words are just unforgettable. If you ever thought you lacked the power or imagination to make change, you should see this. (1.5 hour film, followed by discussion)

Zoom link for the Film Series
 

 

LECTURE

Tuesday March 9, 7pm

Dr. Jennie Stephens

Title: Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

All politics is now climate politics, so all policies, from housing to health, now have to integrate climate resilience and renewable energy. We need to reclaim and restructure climate and energy systems so policies are explicitly linked to social, economic, and racial justice.
Thanks to Dean of Natural and Health Sciences Diane Husic for organizing this event, as a result of her collaboration with Dr. Stephens through the National Council for Science and the Environment (now the Global Council) - an organization that tries to bring together scientists, practitioners and policymakers

zoom link for Stephens Lecture
 

Register Now for the Writer's Conference at Moravian College

March 26-27
Featuring Writers Camile T. Dungy and J. Drew Laningham. 

Writing Nature: Refuge or Threat?
This conference will explore the ways in which people experience natural landscapes as sites of both inclusion and exclusion. How do we as writers communicate sustainability from our many different positions of race, class, gender, ability, location, and more? What stories do we hope to tell, and how can we best tell them? 
 
These events are sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the Moravian College Arts & Lectures Committee.
Contact Joyce Hinnefeld or Kate Brandeis for more information. 

 
Register Here for the Writers' Conference
 

 "Sustaining a Life By Design"

 

"The Urban Forest Project," featuring award-winning Mark Randall
ART EXHIBITION through Thursday 4/1/21 

Payne Gallery, Moravian College

Years before the concept of social impact design existed, Mark Randall was gaining an appreciation for its need in the world. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he hiked through the lush forests of Washington, witnessing the effects of clear-cutting from the back seat of the family station wagon, and watched countless PSAs featuring Woodsy Owl. Now Randall has become a leader in the emerging field, using design to advance environmental and social causes. Contact Professor Camille Murphy for more information.

 

 












  

The Spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall is coming!

With 11 courses led by 15 Moravian Faculty, over 200 students are beginning their InFocus research. The week of April 15 to 19 they will come together in breakout sessions led by Moravian Faculty mentors and leaders/experts from our wider community for dialogue and multidisciplinary learning, as they work together to imagine how research informs activism and advocacy.  More to come from these InFocus courses and researchers representing the disciplines of Art, Biology, Education, Health Policy, Eivironmental Writing/Activism, Nursing, Political Science, Global Religions and Speech-Language-Pathology.

 

The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.

 
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

Feb. 1, 2021

 

WELCOME TO THE SPRING SEMESTER! 
 

 
 

 

 

The InFocus Sustainability Film Series

Tuesdays at 7 pm (through zoom)
Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier
Tuesday, Feb. 2
 

This film showcases the experiences of a Black soldier who was one of the original Yosemite park rangers in 1903. Many U.S. Americans are unaware of the role played by the first official protectors of California's amazing state parks, but recently, Representative Jackie Speier of California has worked to enact the House of Representatives Bill 520: Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act in order to authorize the Department of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Park system (1 hour film, followed by discussion).  Come join in! 

 

Second Film in the Series 

I am Greta
Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m.
 

This highly moving documentary follows climate activist Greta Thunberg from the very beginning of School Strikes for Climate to the growth of a global youth climate movement. There is so much to be learned from Greta's strategy for change (the School Strikes for Climate), and her words are just unforgettable. If you ever thought you lacked the power or imagination to make change, you should see this. (1.5 hour film, followed by discussion)

Zoom link for the Film Series
 

 "Sustaining a Life By Design"

 

The Moravian Art Department Ackerman Lecture Series joins with InFocus to co-sponsor an exhibit and talk by award-winning designer Mark Randall.
 

Years before the concept of social impact design existed, Mark Randall was gaining an appreciation for its need in the world. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he hiked through the lush forests of Washington, witnessing the effects of clear-cutting from the back seat of the family station wagon, and watched countless PSAs featuring Woodsy Owl. Now Randall has become a leader in the emerging field, using design to advance environmental and social causes. Contact Professor Camille Murphy for more information about these upcoming events.

 

LECTURE: Feb. 8 at 4 pm; Foy Hall
(limited admission; further information on the streaming of this lecture will be shared once it is available)

ART EXHIBITION: "The Urban Forest Project"
Thursday 2/4/21 - Thursday 4/1/21;
Payne Gallery, Moravian College

 












  

The Spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall is coming!

With 11 courses led by 15 Moravian Faculty, over 200 students are beginning their InFocus research. The week of April 15 to 19 they will come together in breakout sessions led by Moravian Faculty mentors and leaders/experts from our wider community for dialogue and multidisciplinary learning, as they work together to imagine how research informs activism and advocacy.  More to come from these InFocus courses and researchers representing the disciplines of Art, Biology, Education, Health Policy, Eivironmental Writing/Activism, Nursing, Political Science, Global Religions and Speech-Language-Pathology.

 

The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.

 
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice


Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.


 

FILM SERIES (7pm Tuesdays)

Zoom link for all films:  https://moravian.zoom.us/j/97131640178?pwd=VlRXNGUva1pkNGFQdFZkaEtVOUFPUT09


 

February 2: Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier (7 p.m., virtual)

This film shows the experiences of a Black soldier as one of the original Yosemite park rangers in 1903 (1 hr, followed by discussion) Zoom link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/97131640178?pwd=VlRXNGUva1pkNGFQdFZkaEtVOUFPUT09


March 2: I am Greta (7 p.m., virtual)

A documentary following Greta Thunberg from the very beginning of School Strikes for Climate to the growth of a global youth climate movement (97 min, followed by discussion) Zoom link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/97131640178?pwd=VlRXNGUva1pkNGFQdFZkaEtVOUFPUT09

                               


March 23: David Attenborough: a Life on Our Planet (7 p.m., virtual)

The witness statement of the famous nature broadcaster on the changes in the natural world over his lifetime; gorgeous, heartbreaking, and eventually hopeful (83 min, followed by discussion) Zoom link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/97131640178?pwd=VlRXNGUva1pkNGFQdFZkaEtVOUFPUT09


ART EXHIBITION

Thursday 2/4/21 - Thursday 4/1/21

Urban Forest Project

Artist: Mark Randall 

Location: Payne Gallery, Moravian College 


LECTURE

Monday 2/8/21 (4pm)

Foy Hall (limited admission) 

Title: Sustaining a Life by Design

As part of the The Ackerman Lecture Series in conjunction with InFocus, award-winning designer Mark Randall will present his talk, "Sustaining a Life By Design" 


 

New InFocus Faculty Co-directors

Leading InFocus on Poverty and Inequality

Each year Moravian College's InFocus Challenge Area is championed by two faculty co-directors (Sustainability; Health and Healthcare; War, Peacebuilding and the Just Society; Poverty and Inequality). The Dec. 2020 Highlights introduces Drs. Sandra Aguilar-Rodriguez and Tristan Gleason.

I am Associate Professor in the Department of History. I grew up in Mexico City, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Humanities. I was granted an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, where I lived for six years. My research focuses on food, race, gender, class and modernization in twentieth-century Mexico. My work has been published as articles in various journals and book chapters in edited collections both in the United States and Latin America. I am a member of a network of historians who work on food and nutrition in Latin America (REHSNAL) and the
editorial advisory board of the journal Global Food History. I am joining InFocus as Co-director of Poverty and Inequality. I am very excited about this opportunity to engage in a community-wide conversation about the challenges we all face as a result of poverty and inequality, and reflect upon how we can make a difference.                                                       
Dr. Sandra Aguilar-Rodriguez
Co-director, Poverty and Inequality

                      

This is my fifth year as an assistant professor in the education department, where I direct our secondary certification and graduate programs. I teach courses about reflective practice in secondary schools, curriculum theory, science education, and educational research methods that forward practitioner inquiry and participatory action research. These courses all emphasize the role that systems of education play in both resisting and reproducing inequalities, and I encourage the pre-service and practicing teachers I work with to be agents of change by addressing the multiple forms of oppression that circulate in educational settings. I have also had the opportunity to teach First Year Writing Seminar twice, where I developed a course exploring the intersections between science fiction and social justice. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as a Co-director with Dr. Aguilar on the next iteration of the Poverty and Inequality InFocus area, and look forward to collaborating with members of the college community to explore and address these topics in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Dr. Tristan Gleason
Co-director, Poverty and Inequality

 

Fun for all ages!

Tonight at 7:00 pm

An invitation from
Drs. Anastasia Thevenin and Kristin Baxter:

Students in "Triumphs and Failures in Science" and "Yoga, Mindfulness and Writing" have been working on self-designed children’s books for elementary school kids. Isabel Batres ’21 (Biology) has organizied a Zoom event showcasing these books.  We would like to invite you to this fun Story Hour event tonight, Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm! 
--If you have any younger siblings, nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren, neighbors, please pass this on! This will be fun for all ages!

Zoom Link
 

What will President-elect Biden's "Climate Administration" look like?
See the New York Times article
Photo: CCO Public Domain

 

Have you written a paper, poem, created a poster, a presentation, or a play, artwork or music, or developed a research project on the theme of sustainability or environmental justice? Faculty: Can you encourage your students along these lines? We would love students to share this work with us! We are establishing a repository - internal to Moravian - for work on this InFocus theme. We will highlight contributions in the months ahead.

upload here!
 

Photo: www.myfreetextures.com

come let us build a new world together
(from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1962)
 

The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.

 
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

November 15 - 30, 2020

 

Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.

 

Looking for resources on celebrating Thanksgiving in a more sustainable way?

 

Looking Ahead: The Moravian College Writer's
Conference this spring

"Writing Nature: Refuge or Threat?"
March 26-27; Virtual Conference
 


 
Keynote speaker Camille Dungy is author of the recent poetry collection Trophic Cascade, and the memoir Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhoodand History; and editor of the anthology 
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.




Our second keynote speaker,  J. Drew Lanham,   is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature—from which we were fortunate to hear him read when he spoke at Moravian College several years ago.

In addition to these keynote speakers’ readings/talks, the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium will again sponsor two master classes, taught by Dungy and Lanham, on Saturday, March 27. Participation in these workshops will be by application only; information on the application process will be available early in the Spring ’21 semester.

 Learn more about Camille Dungy and her work at https://camilledungy.com/, and see https://orionmagazine.org/contributor/j-drew-lanham/ for two powerful essays by J. Drew Lanham in Orion magazine, along with a May 27, 2020 Vanity Fair interview titled “’How Am I Going to Be Perceived as a Black Man With Binoculars?’: J. Drew Lanham on Christian Cooper and Rules for the Black Birdwatcher.”

 

See -- The Story of Plastic
Nov. 17; 7 pm (zoom) 

THE STORY OF PLASTIC features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being (film website).

See the trailer.      

Join in through zoom

"The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash." Read more of this story from the Associated Press. 

 

Submit your InFocus Research!

Have you written a paper, poem, created a poster, a presentation, or a play, artwork or music, or developed a research project on the theme of sustainability or environmental justice? Faculty: Can you encourage your students along these lines? We would love students to share this work with us! We are establishing a repository - internal to Moravian - for work on this InFocus theme. We will highlight contributions in the months ahead.

Upload your work here
 
 
The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

Oct. 15 - 30, 2020

 

Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.

 

Reporting on InFocus Events

How can we work together to rid the world of both environmental catastrophes and wide-scale oppression?

See Guest Reporter Evan Yandrisovitz' Comenian article discussing the recent gathering of Sam Grant with 100 folks from Moravian: "Grant focused his presentation on the concepts of shallow and deep sustainability and how we as a collective of people can work together to rid the world of both environmental catastrophes and wide-scale oppression. `This pattern of not being together is designed into the fabric of society,' he said. `Structural racism sits at the core of modernity. We have created a world organized around divisions.'" 

 
Have you written a paper, a poem, a poster, a presentation, or a play, created artwork or music, or completed a research project on the theme of sustainability or environmental justice? We would love for you to share it with us. We are establishing a repository - internal to Moravian - for work on this year's InFocus Center of Investigation. We will highlight contributions in the months ahead.
Upload your contribution here!
 

The Planet Forward Summit Series, a partner with the National Council for Science and the Environment, begins Friday, Oct. 16. Registration 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.
 

Getting ready for the spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall
Calling all Moravian College Students and Professors -- Get involved in the InFocus Town Hall this spring!

The Town Hall brings together students, Moravian faculty and expert consultants from the wider community to hear and learn from one another. By sharing research, and deliberating about possible actions and advocacy, we contribute to the process of building the knowledge the world needs to meet society's most urgent challenges. 

spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall courses are beginning to take shape! So far the 2021 spring Town Hall courses include . . .  

Biol 372: Cancer Biology
PHIL/REL 29X ST: Ethics in Asian Cultures
Rel 245: Religion and Politics
POSC 250: Contemporary Political Theory
HLTP 315 Health Policy
SLP 553: Acquired Communication Disorders
IDIS 185: Who Owns the Outdoors? Remembering, Reclaiming, and Restoring the Natural World
Professors can still include their course. Sign up today, Moravian College Professors! 
 

Professor InFocus Town Hall Course Signup
 
 

Please be sure to vote!
Check out all the information from National Voter Education Week
TODAY #WEREADY2020

 
Tues. Oct. 20, 7 p.m.Art 21: Ecology
“Artists explore how our understanding of the natural world becomes deeply cultural. Featuring artists Ursula von Rydingsvard, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Robert Adams, and Mark Dion.”
See and discuss the film through zoom
 
The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.
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INFOCUS HIGHLIGHTS

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

Oct. 1 - 15, 2020

 

Email Sustainability Co-directors Dr. Alison Holliday and Dr. Theresa Dougal for advice about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and to inquire about limited funding support!  See the InFocus website for more information.

Upcoming InFocus Events


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

"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, MN350.org, 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."  


 

The Climate Crisis has contributed to the worst fire season in CA history.  Photo from CNN.com Sept. 28, 2020

Listen to the NPR podcast: "What Will 2021 Hold for U.S. Climate Diplomacy?" with Rebecca Hersher.  What has been the impact been on climate science after President Trump decided to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change? The U.S. will be officially out of the agreement on Nov. 4.


 

Coming soon!  The spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall 
The Town Hall brings together students, Moravian faculty and expert consultants from the wider community to hear and learn from one another. By sharing research, and deliberating about possible actions and advocacy, we contribute to the process of building the knowledge the world needs to meet society's most urgent challenges. 
Look for spring 2021 InFocus Town Hall courses that you can take to be a part of this unique opportunity to pursue your questions, explore and grow!

 


 

Please be sure to vote!
Get more information about how you can exercise your vote as a college student!  


 

The goal of InFocus is to support innovative intellectual labor, leadership and energy that will lead to a more just society, vibrant democracy and sustainable and equitable existence. Through InFocus, people at Moravian College learn that their educational pursuits not only prepare them for meaningful work in the world, but also open pathways to build important links between their individual lives and the most urgent questions and concerns collectively facing us and our planet as a whole.

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Sept. 15 - Oct. 1, 2020

Sustainability InFocus Co-directors (Dr. Alison Holiday, Chemistry; and Dr. Theresa Dougal, English), hope that you will be in touch: they can help advise about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and may be able to provide limited funding.  Email them!

At the InFocus Kickoff, Jonathan Foer encouraged each of us to develop our “plan” for the ways that we will adjust our own lives to “bring our heads in line with our hearts” -- in other words, to line up what we know about the reality of climate change, with our values and actual way of living. (Thanks to all the students who asked terrific questions!)

-- In particular, he said that each of us can do 4 things as individuals to make a difference with the climate:

  1. Fly less on airplanes.
  2. Drive less in cars (and purchase hybrids or electric).
  3. Don’t eat animal products (or only eat them at dinner-time, and especially eliminate beef).
  4. Have fewer children.

--He also said that the MOST IMPORTANT thing all of us can do is --

Vote!!

  • (more on this here)

 

The True Cost

Tues. Sept. 15, 7:00 pm

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes." [From https://truecostmovie.com/]

Zoom meeting link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/96882464420?pwd=dU83aVdpcVloQnZ1NFRtcWZaN3RSZz09


The Use of Climate Models in the Simulation and Projection of Climate Change, Laura McBride’16

September 24 at 5:15pm

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.

Zoom link: https://moravian.zoom.us/j/95920710491?pwd=VmQ0ZjNyVUlla0Z6T1l5MmNKL1NoUT09


Also... Moravian College Collaborates on Sustainability with Touchstone Theater

Festival Unbound – SUSTAINABILITY FORUM  September 19, 6pm

Festival Unbound – RUMI/NATION  September 18-19, 6pm