Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Read Green - we're just getting started!

Read Green: A Gettysburg Environmental Series is in full swing! This semester, the Library is sponsoring a series of three book discussions (facilitated by local subject specialists), two film screenings (introduced by an environmental film expert), and one lecture by environmental activist author Bill McKibben.
Our February 3 discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was attended by 75 enthusiastic readers. People yearn to talk about food - the industrial food system, local alternatives, how to grow food, where to acquire it... Audrey Hess, coordinator of the Adams County Local Foods Network, and Elaine Lemmon, founder of Everblossom Farm, facilitated this discussion.

A few weeks later, an even larger crowd gathered to hear Salma Monani (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies) introduce King Corn and watch the film. A lively discussion followed the show.

Tonight, we'll gather to discuss Elizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a book about climate change. Environmental Studies professors Rutherford (Rud) Platt and Sarah Principato will guide us through this material.

Other upcoming events include:
  • Film screening: The End of Suburbia. Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Joseph Theater
  • Book discussion: Deep Economy by Bill McKibben. Monday, April 6, 7:00 pm, Lyceum (Penn Hall 3rd floor)
  • Author visit: Bill McKibben. Thursday, April 16, 7:30 pm, CUB Ballroom.

This series has a lot of momentum, and it's not too late to join the fun. Grab a book and join us to talk about the environment, sustainability, and how it affects us here in Adams County, PA. See you there!

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