2013 Spring Semester Eco-Events at Goucher

The Cove Film Screening
Tuesday, February 26
Kelley Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m.
This consciousness-raising documentary is a clandestine video record of a brutal dolphin hunt that takes place regularly in a secluded cove in Japan. Thousands of dolphins are trapped - some to be sold to dolphinariums, but most to be killed for food. This event is co-sponsored by GESAC and Bon Appétit and includes a dessert reception following the screening.  For free tickets, visit http://goucher.universitytickets.com.

Mellon Visiting Scholar: Alison Hope Alkon 
Thursday, March 7 
Batza Room, 6 p.m.
Alison Hope Alkon - a professor of sociology at University of the Pacific who researches and teaches on food systems, inequalities, and environmental justice - will give a talk about food justice. Alkon is author of the recently published book Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy and co-editor of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability. The evening is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department and will include a book signing and reception. The talk is free and open to the public and does not require tickets.

Clean Stream 
Saturday, April 6  
Outside the SRC, 11 a.m.
Help the Green House clean up Goucher's beautiful stream. Meet outside the SRC for free bagels and coffee before heading down to the stream near the stables. Wear appropriate clothing.
(Rain date: April 27.)

"Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future"
Wednesday, April 17
Kelley Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Chris Mooney-senior correspondent for The American Prospect magazine and author of The Republican War on Science-will give this talk. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. 

Mellon Visiting Scholar: Matthew Nisbet 
Thursday, April 18 
Buchner Hall, 7 p.m.
Matthew Nisbet, associate professor of communication and co-director of the Center for Social Media at American University, will give a talk titled "Engaging the Public and Decision Makers on Climate Change." Nisbet's research investigates the role of media and communication in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over science, the environment, and public health. The evening is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department and is free and open to the public and does not require tickets.   

Sustainable Beer and Wine Night
Friday, April 19
Pearlstone Patio, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Goucher faculty, staff, and students (21 and older) are invited to enjoy locally produced wine and beer from the Greater Baltimore region. (Rain location: the Gopher Hole.)    

Earth Day Celebration 
Saturday, April 20
Residential Quad, 1-5 p.m.
Goucher is offering a variety of events in honor of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the environment.
(Rain location: Pearlstone.)   

Low Carbon Diet Day 
Tuesday, April 23 
Stimson and Heubeck dining halls, Lunchtime
The college's dining facilities will serve foods that help illustrate key principles of how food production and consumption can help reduce climate change.  

The Beehive Design Collective
Sunday, April 28
Buchner Hall, 4 p.m.
The Beehive Collective, an artist and activist group from Maine, will present an interactive lecture titled "The True Cost Of Coal." This presentation is done through large-scale murals and art, and much of the art will be for sale.

2012 Fall Semester Eco-Events at Goucher  

Sustainability Dinner
Friday, August 24
Stimson Dining Hall, 5 p.m.
The Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council (GESAC) is hosting a dinner that showcases local, sustainable food during Fall Orientation for first-year students.

Fish to Fork Eat Local Challenge
Tuesday, September 25
Dining halls, lunchtime
Bon Appétit, Goucher's food services provider, is featuring meals prepared almost entirely from ingredients within a 150-mile radius of campus, focusing on sustainably harvested fish and seafood.

Permaculture Design
Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29
Various locations and times
Will Hooker, professor of horticulture science at North Carolina State University, will facilitate a workshop on permaculture design solely for members of the Goucher community. Permaculture draws from ecological design and engineering to minimize waste, human labor, and energy expenditures by building systems with maximal benefits and sustainability. Contact Germán Mora at german.mora@goucher.edu for more information.

Dark Chocolate Tasting and Presentation
Thursday, October 4
Pinkard Room, The Athenaeum, 7:30 p.m. 
Chocolatier and co-founder of Kallari Chocolates, Judy Logback, will describe techniques that influence dark chocolate flavor and lead a tasting. She will also speak about the company's work helping cacao-growing rainforest communities preserve their cultural traditions.    

Visiting Mellon Scholar: Dr. Eugenie Birch
Tuesday, October 16
Buchner Hall, Alumnae/i House, 5 p.m.
Dr. Eugenie Birch, the Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk titled "The Century of the City: Issues in Urban Sustainability." This talk is free and open to the public and does not require tickets.

Symphony of the Soil
Wednesday, October 17
Kelley Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Documentary director and producer Deborah Koons Garcia presents Symphony of the Soil, a film that examines humans' relationship with soil, its use and misuse, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in today's most challenging environmental issues. A talk and reception will follow the screening.

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 20
Residential Quad, 1 to 5 p.m. The festival will have music, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples, scarecrows, and other fall activities. There will be some vendors from local farmers markets joining, and lots of delicious apple cider.

Sustainable Beer and Wine Night
Saturday, October 20
Pearlstone Patio, 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
Goucher faculty, staff, and students (21 and older) are invited to enjoy locally produced wine, beer, and hard cider from the Greater Baltimore region. There will also be some snacks from Woodberry Kitchen and Mom's Organic Market, music, and a game of trivia.

Campus Sustainability Day
Tuesday, October 23
Van Meter Highway, Noon to 3 p.m., and Ag Co-op Garden, 3 to 5 p.m.  
Join GESAC on Van Meter Highway for sustainability information and giveaways, then there is a campus work project later in the Ag Co-op Garden. 

Food Preservation Workshop
Friday, October 26
T2 kitchen area, 3:30 to 5 p.m. 
Join other students to learn all about canning and other food preservation techniques.  

Clean Stream
Saturday, October 27
In front of the SRC, 10 a.m. 
Participants will meet for bagels and coffee before heading into Goucher's woods to clean up a stream that runs through campus. (Wearing comfortable clothes, gloves, and waterproof boots is strongly recommended.)

Visiting Mellon Scholar: Dr. Eileen McGurty
Monday, October 29
Van Meter Room B10, 7 p.m.
Dr. Eileen McGurty, program director of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program at the Johns Hopkins University, will give a talk titled "Creating Sustainable Communities and Environmental Justice." This talk is free and open to the public and does not require tickets.