April 2, 1997

Earth Week Events at Middlebury College

Once again this year, a week-long series of events will take place at Middlebury College to celebrate Earth Week, the national observance held annually to promote environmental awareness and to further educate communities about environmental issues and concerns. Events on campus will be open to the public, beginning on the weekend of April 19, with a pre-Earth Week concert by the popular New England-based band, Percy Hill. The concert will take place on campus in Ross Lounge, Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door: general admission $6; Middlebury College students $4.

On Monday, April 21, at 12:45, Adam Werbach, the 23 year-old president of the Sierra Club, will lecture on "Hopes for the Future of the Planet," at Mead Chapel. In the evening, animal tracker Sue Morse returns to Middlebury campus to share her knowledge of Vermont carnivores. She will give the talk "Mountain Lions and other Large Carnivores" at 7 p.m. in the Munroe Lecture Hall.

On Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m., keynote speaker for Earth Week Robert Cox will return to Middlebury College to deliver his lecture "Opportunities for Rebuilding Environment Law in the Aftermath of the 104th Congress," at Mead Chapel. Prof. Cox, formerly the president of Sierra Club, currently teaches and studies communications studies, social movement theory, environmental advocacy and environmental justice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while maintaining his position as vice president of the Sierra Club. His lecture will focus on opportunities in the next few months to move significant legislation regarding environmental issues, such as clean air standards, and the role of student activism in the movement.

A poetry reading will be on Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. at Weybridge House. Middlebury College professor of English and environmental studies John Elder will participate, reading from his own works. Donations from this event will go toward production costs of The Otter Creek Journal, a publication printed each semester through the cooperative effort of Middlebury College students, faculty and staff, and contributions from the public will be gratefully accepted at the door.

On Thursday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of le Chateau, the Christian Science Organization, together with Middlebury College student organization Environmental

Quality, will co-sponsor a lecture by Joni Jung titled "A Hopeful Planet." Ms. Jung will examine the interrelationship between environmentalism and religion, particularly Christian Science.

On Friday, April 25, the successful new film "Microcosmos" will be showing at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. in Twilight Auditorium. "Microcosmos," a 1996 Cannes Film Festival nominee, will offer audiences the revelation of an amazing world of insects, set to the film's prize-winning musical score.

Earth Week will be concluded on Saturday, April 26, with the "Herbicide Road Show," a festival of movies, puppets, and slides, put on by Burlington's Native Forest Network to promote the protection of forest lands. The show will take place in Dana Auditorium of the Sunderland Building, from11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend these events, sponsored by Middlebury College's Environmental Quality to honor, with the rest of the nation, Earth's sanity, health and welfare. Says EQ Steering Committee member David Sterrett, "It's going to be a very educational and fun week!" Most events are free, except where otherwise indicated, and anyone seeking further information about Earth Week, or EQ, may call Paul Woodworth at 443-3927.