Thursday, January 31, 2008


Focus the Nation at Green Mountain College
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department
Brought to you by the DEEP Scholars and Professor Paul Hancock

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Session IA: Obstacles to Change (Dickgiesser– Griswold Lib.)
Acceptance of Climate Change in the Midst of Inaction: The social psychology of irrational behavior: Jennifer Sellers
Public Opinion and Climate Change: An Immovable Mass: David Moats
Making Change with Media: A 5-minute guide to eco-publishing: Ron Steffens

Session IB: Ethics and Religion (Ames Lounge – Ames Hall)
The Moral Politics of Climate Change: Steve Fesmire
Is Environmentalism a Spiritual Issue? Shirley Oscamp
Climate Crisis Coalition Perspective: Tom Stokes

10:10 am – 11:10
Session 2A: Apocalypse Now (Feick Art Center)
Apocalyptic Imagery in Contemporary Poetry, with an emphasis on Global Warming: Mitch LesCarbeau
Shock and Awe: How Ecological Disaster is Profitable: Paul Hancock

Session 2B: What they Don’t Know (Ames Lounge – Ames Hall)
What They Don’t Know: Sustainability and Science Education in the Schools: Tom Mauhs-Pugh
Data Overload: How to Make Sense of Climate Change Numbers: Jim Wright

Session 3A: Big Tent, Big Issues (Dickgiesser– Griswold Lib.)
Climate Change: Ethical Issues and Concerns: Heather Keith
Wisdom for a Livable Planet: Insight and Reflections: Natalie Coe
Global Climate and Freshwater Ecosystems: Meriel Brooks

Session 3B: Changing Land, Changing Use (Terrace 124 – Terrace Hall)
Reducing the Ecological Footprint of outdoor Recreation Programs: Thayer Raines
The Ecology of Climate Change: The Regional Mosaic: Jim Graves
Range Change: Birds and Insects Moving North: Michael Blust

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break & Video recording from Senator Sanders Terrace 124

2:00 – 3:00
Session 4A: Footprints and Solutions (Dickgiesser– Griswold Lib.)
Cow Power: Is this Crap an Energy Solution? Greg Brown
Why is Climate Change so Difficult to Solve? Jacob Park

Session 4B: Some Simple Truths (Ames Lounge – Ames Hall)
A few Convenient Truths: Why it might be a pleasure to reduce our carbon footprint. Ken Mulder
Climate Science Explained: An Overview. Alan Betts

3:10 – 3:35 Bread and Puppet Theater (Ackley Auditorium)

3:40 – 6:00
Remarks from the Provost (Ackley Auditorium)
Roundtable with Climate Change Scholars, VGCCC, Gov. Rep.s and Media: Political, Media and Academic leaders make brief opening statements, and then five students engage these leaders in discussion of issues raised during the day.

6:30-11:00 P.M. Hip-Hop, Reggae, Jazz, Edgy Stuff – as long as it’s LOUD!! (Gorge – Withey Hall)

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