Events--Spring 2010

ETSU Environmental Studies Minor

last update: July 13, 2010

 

Summer 2010

 

Thurs July 22: 

Historian, Author, Photographer to Discuss the Proposed Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2010 .  7pm, Brown Hall auditorium

 

Doug Scott, a nationally-known wilderness historian, will join photographer Jerry Greer and author Charles Maynard for a discussion and presentation on the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2010, a bill now before Congress that is sponsored by Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.  The bill would extend a number of Congressionally-designated Wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee.  For information on SAFC, contact Jeff Hunter, SAFC Tennessee Field Organizer, jeff@safc.org. For information on the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2010, visit http://tnwild.org

 

Here's  a Greeneville Sun article about the bill: "Wilderness Bill Introduced To Preserve Tracts: Rocky Fork Area's $6M Expansion Included In Budget," by Tom Yancey.  The Greeneville [TN] Sun.  June 10, 2010.  greenevillesun.com/story/309842

 

 

Spring 2010 

 

Mon Feb 1:

Jeff Biggers, "Legacy: How Appalachians Can Lead the Nation Toward Clean Energy," a talk and multimedia presentation. 7pm, Brown Hall auditorium. 

 

Biggers, the author of The United States of Appalachia, and other books, is a nationally-known journalist and activist.  jeffrbiggers.com  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Appalachian Studies, with support from the Honors College and from I.C.E.--Initiative for Clean Energy, ETSU's environmental student group. 

 

Weds Feb 24: 

Here's to the Long Haul will perform on the ETSU campus. 7pm, Brown Hall Auditorium.

 

Grassroots Appalachian Mountain Music dedicated to environmental justice.  www.herestothelonghaul.com  Sponsored by I.C.E.--Initiative for Clean Energy, ETSU's environmental student group--and by the Environmental Studies minor. 

 

Sat March 20:

Appalachian Trail maintenance volunteer day.  Meet at 9am in the parking lot of Parkway Discount liquors, at the southeastern corner of University Parkway and South Roan Street, in Johnson City.

 

From the parking lot, we'll carpool to the trailhead.  Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club members will provide tools and training.  All you need to provide is energy and enthusiasm!  The Appalachian Trail is an American institution, a 2,200-mile long footpath maintained entirely by volunteers.  If you plan on coming along, contact Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, odonnell@etsu.edu, 423 439-6679

 

Mon Apr 5: 

Vandana Shiva will speak in the Culp Center auditorium, 7pm.

 

Shiva is an internationally known activist and environmental writer.  This event is sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), with support from various departments and groups around campus, including Initiative for Clean Energy and the Environmental Studies minor.  Don't miss it!

 

Tickets are free to anyone w/ a student or faculty or staff i.d., but you must pick them up in the Culp Center, on the first floor, at the booth outside the post office, btwn 9am and 3pm, by Tues, March 30. 

 

Thurs April 8: 

Robert Morgan, poet, novelist, and historian, will read from his work.  7:30pm, Rogers-Stout auditorium.

 

www.robert-morgan.com  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Appalachian Studies. 

 

Tues April 13: 

The Beehive Collective, and artists collective based in Maine, will be on campus, displaying the completed version of their banner "The True Cost of Coal,"  in the Cave Patio.  Mid-day.  They will also give a formal presentation at 7:15pm in Ball Hall (art building) auditorium.  Don't miss The Bees! www.beehivecollective.org/

 

Thurs Apr 15:

Paul Hayden, "Restoring the Nolichucky River Watershed."  7-8pm, Rogers-Stout 118

 

Paul Hayden is with the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance, Greeneville TN.  The purpose of the MNWA is "to restore and protect the waters of Greene County and to educate the public in ways to improve water quality."  Hayden will screen a 5-1/2 minute documentary video that he has been involved in producing, and will talk about the alliance and its efforts to improve the Nolichucky river watershed.  He will then take questions from the audience and lead discussion.  http://middlenolichuckywatershedalliance.org/  Sponsored by the Environmental Studies minor and by I.C.E.--Initiative for Clean Energy, ETSU's environmental student group. 

 

Monday, April 19

"Sustainable Table: What's on Your Plate?"  USA, 2006, 52min.  Documentary film screening.  4:15pm, Rogers-Stout Auditorium 102

www.sustainabletablemovie.com/

 

    also on Mon, April 19

"The Green Fee: How is Your Money Being Spent?"  A talk and discussion led by Kathleen Moore, chair of the sustainability fee committee.  7pm, Culp Center Forum Room

 

Tuesday, April 20

"Harlan County, USA."  USA, 1976, 103min.  Documentary film screening.  7:15pm, Rogers-Stout Auditorium 102.

A classic Appalshop film by Barbara Kopple.  Still as powerful as ever.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_County,_USA

 

Wednesday, April 21

Meet ICE, 12pm, Cave Patio

 

Leaders and members of I.C.E.--Initiative for Clean Energy--ETSU's dynamic, environmental student group, will be available to meet and greet.  ice.etsu@gmail.com

 

    also on Wednesday, April 21

"The Shape of Water."  USA, 2006, 70min.  Documentary film screening.  7:15pm, Rogers-Stout Auditorium 102

Women in the Third World confront destructive development.  www.theshapeofwatermovie.com

 

Thurs Apr 22:

ETSU Earth Day celebration, Borchuck Plaza (in front of ETSU's Sherrod Library), 10am-3pm.  Rain location: Cave Patio.

 

Music, tables for environmental groups, and more.  In conjunction with "Earth Month" series of activities coordinated by I.C.E.

 

    also on Thursday, April 22

Renewable Energy Talk, 5:30pm, Culp Center Forum Room (3rd floor)

 

Fri Apr 23: 

United Mountain Defense (UMD), Brown Bag Discussion.  11:30am-12:30pm, Culp Center Meeting Room 6. 

 

Members of  UMD will discuss recent and ongoing acts of nonviolent resistance in the Appalachian coalfields, including the recent tree sit and other actions.  Bring your own lunch.  Come and meet some amazing environmental activists!

 

    also on Friday, April 23

Mountain Justice Benefit Celebration.  Acoustic Coffeehouse "Next Door," 415 W. Walnut Street, Johnson City.  8pm until...

 

Various local bands, blind auction, and other activities to raise money for Mountain Justice, UMD, and for Coal River Mountain tree sitters legal defense fund.  Sponsored by I.C.E. and various local activists. 

 

Sat Apr 24:

Appalachian Trail maintenance volunteer day. CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN FORECASTS. -KOD, Fri 4-23.

 

Meet at 9am in the parking lot of Parkway Discount liquors, at the southeastern corner of University Parkway and South Roan Street, in Johnson City.  We'll work on rehabbing the trail near Indian Grave Gap (off of Rock Creek Rd--I-26 East to the Main Street Exit in Erwin, TN). 

 

From the parking lot, we'll carpool to the trailhead.  Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club members will provide tools and training.  All you need to provide is your own water and lunch, and energy and enthusiasm!  The Appalachian Trail is an American institution, a 2,200-mile long footpath maintained entirely by volunteers.  If you plan on coming along, contact Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, odonnell@etsu.edu, 423 439-6679

 

Tues April 27: 

John Nolt, Professor of Philosophy, U of TN-Knoxville, "Sustainability and Environmental Ethics."  7pm, Rogers-Stout 102.

 

Nolt is the author of Down to Earth: Toward a Philosophy of Nonviolent Living., and many other pubs related to environmental philosophy.  Nolt is also the co-chair of UTK’s Committee on the Campus Environment, which recently developed a 25-year energy plan for the campus.  In 2006, he was awarded a $25,000 Rebuild America grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to assist with his environmental work.  For more, see web.utk.edu/~nolt  Sponsored by I.C.E.--Initiative for Clean Energy, ETSU's environmental student group--and by the Environmental Studies minor.