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InFocus: Sustainability 2016-2017

InFocus: Sustainability

InFocus: Sustainability 2016-2017

The goal of IN FOCUS is for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary to realize the promise of becoming known as an institution that engages its students in the study of important issues that challenge humanity today and as we look to the future. Through grappling with complex problems, and examining them from several different perspectives Moravian’s graduates will be better prepared to contribute to a just society and a vibrant democracy.

InFocus Highlights 2016-2017

The Story of Stuff book cover

Common Reading: The Story of Stuff

"The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard, in which the author takes us on a journey—through the extraction, distribution, consumption, and disposal of all the many things we use during our daily lives. Through her own stories and those of the people she profiles, Leonard leads us to consider the impact that humans are having on the environment, and the changes that are necessary to help mitigate that impact.

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Shana Weber

Monday, September 19
4:00 pm, Johnston Hall

“Cultivating high impact sustainability on campus, for the world”

Dr. Shana Weber is the founding director of Princeton's Office of Sustainability, which opened its doors in 2006. She comes to the sustainability field with a background in ecology, climate science research, teaching, and communications. Current research interests periodically take her to the mountains of the American West, but the bulk of her work focuses on helping Princeton University become an exemplar of sustainable practices, campus-as-lab research, and education. Weber also serves as President of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, and administrative sponsor for the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium.

International Day of Peace Campus Tree Planting

International Day of Peace Campus Tree Planting

Wednesday, September 21
4:10 p.m., Hurd Campus
(To the right in the lawn area as you enter the Hurd Campus from Main Street)

As part of our Heritage Day celebration of tradition, community, and service, and in conjunction with our In Focus theme of Sustainability, we will be planting a white pine tree - the Native American tree of peace, in honor of the International Day of Peace. Please join us for the planting, the music of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Hillfonia, and a few moments of reflection.

Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz | Wasteland

"Wasteland" movie
Thursday, September 29
7:00 p.m., UBC Room, HUB

Poster Exhibition - showcasing the work of Vik Muniz
Through Friday, September 30
H. Paty Eiffe Gallery

Interactive Vik Muniz-inspired piece
"Favela" slum in Brazil
HUB, wall near Prosser
Glue trash onto the outline created by Art Club

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz showcased the "pickers" from the world's largest waste dump in artwork created using materials from the dump. The works of art in "Wasteland" were often inspired by iconic paintings.

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Dr. Caleb Gallemore - Politics and the Environment in a Presidential Election Year

Wednesday, October 12
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
UBC Room, Haupert Union Building

Dr. Caleb Gallemore, International Affairs Program
Lafayette College, Oechsle Center for Global Education

Dr. Gallemore teaches courses on globalization, global sustainability and geographic information systems with a specialization in inter-organizational collaboration in these areas. Dr. Gallemore has a Ph.D. in Geography and an M.A. in Political Science both from the Ohio State University and is the author of numerous scholarly articles including ones published in such journals as World Development, Ecological Economics, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Ecology and Society, and Applied Geography.

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Erik Rutkow -The Great Shift: How Trees Became a Renewable Resource in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 18
7:00 p.m.
 in Prosser Auditorium, HUB

Eric Rutkow is the author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation, which tells the extraordinary story of the relationship between Americans and trees across the entire span of the nation’s history.  Rutkow reconceives America’s historical relationship with the trees and forests that shaped the development of the nation, recognizing that as symbols of liberty, community, and civilization, trees are perhaps the loudest silent figures in America’s complicated history. Rukow is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, has worked as a lawyer on environmental and corporate issues, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in American History at Yale University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Education Abroad Fair

Environmental Studies & Sustainability Education Abroad Fair

Monday, November 14 
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Air Products Room, HUB

  • Explore study abroad options to learn about the environment and global sustainability practices
  • Meet with program representatives to discuss international opportunities
  • Discover opportunities to study rainforests, marine life, and much, much more!

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Terence Collins

Lecture by Terence Collins

Tuesday, November 15 
7:00 PM in Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science

“Purifying Water of Endocrine Disrupting Micropollutants”

Terence Collins, Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry and Director,
Institute for Green Science at Carnegie-Mellon University

His talk is being co-sponsored by the Moravian College Chemistry Department, Environmental Studies & Sciences Program and InFocus.

Art and Science

Going Hybrid: New Relationships Between Art & Science in the Ear of Climate Change

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 pm
Prosser Auditorium | Admission Free

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Writers' Conference

The 2017 Moravian College Writers’ Conference: Writing and Sustainability

February 3-4, 2017
on the campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA

A conference dedicated to sustaining the natural world, the places that inspire us, our memories of those places, our practices as writers, the planet, and one another!

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Paths to Sustainability

Paths to Sustainability: The Tellus Institute's Scenarios

Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Tom Egan, Moravian College
Discussant: Dr. Christopher Borick, Muhlenberg College

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Before the Flood

Before the Flood

Monday, February 27. 7:00 pm
Prosser Auditorium

Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

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Sustainability Lessons

A Thousand Little Things: Sustainability Lessons from the Hudson River Region

Rik Scarce

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Prosser Auditorium | Admission Free

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Next Year's Ebola

Next Year's Ebola: Scary Viruses in a Globalized World

David Quammen

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm
Johnston Hall | Admission Free

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Finding your home

Finding Your Home: The Case for Place

Dr. J. Drew Lanham
Author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science | Admission Free

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