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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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Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

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