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Jan. 14, 2009

Contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu

“THE GOOD EARTH: UNDERSTANDING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE” HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY FEB. 2–4

LA CROSSE, Wis. – With issues such as global warming, resource sustainability, and renewable energy of great concern to many of the world’s citizens, Viterbo University has chosen “The Good Earth: Understanding Our Relationship with Nature” as the theme of its annual humanities symposium Monday, Feb. 2–Wednesday, Feb. 4.

“The humanities symposium will feature nearly a dozen presentations and events from enthusiastic groups and individuals concerned with “being green” and who are making a difference through their tireless efforts,” said Bill Reese, Viterbo faculty member and chairperson of the event. “The symposium will challenge all participants to learn of what is being done locally and regionally and to encourage greater stewardship of our home, Mother Earth.”

Audience members will hear from people who have taken the lead in the environmental movement, learn about grassroots activism, and will share in the transformative power of the arts as presented by artists, musicians, and poets.

The community is encouraged to attend, listen, and discuss what needs to be done in order to make Earth a just and hospitable home. All humanities symposium events are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Keynote speaker Curt Meine, Ph.D., will present “Leopold’s Land Ethic in an Age of Consequences” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Meine is the director of the Center for Humans and Nature in Baraboo. He is also a conservation biologist, historian, and writer. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on projects involving biodiversity conservation planning, sustainable agriculture, international development, crane and wetland conservation, prairie restoration, and the development of community-based conservation programs. He is also the author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work.

The symposium schedule includes:

Monday, Feb. 2

Reception 5:30–7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby with representatives from local environmental groups.

“Leopold’s Land Ethic in an Age of Consequences” 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Curt Meine, Ph.D., the director of the Center for Humans and Nature in Baraboo.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

“History of the Coon Creek Watershed” 9:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Jeff Hastings of Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration.

“H.O.P.E.—Grass Roots Ecology at its Finest” 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Carl Volden, Dan Everson, Jennifer Leum, and Kim Strachan of the Asbury Ridge Association – H.O.P.E.

“Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Watersheds: A Grassroots Effort to Promote Stewardship and Connect Communities in the Kickapoo River Valley” 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Jessica Luhning, Gary Thompson, and Kathy Fairchild of the Valley Stewardship Network.

Panel discussion on local issues 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby

Film, food, and discussion 5:30 p.m. in the D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology 127 with Viterbo honor students.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

“Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Mother Earth, Sister Death: a Franciscan View of God’s Good Earth” 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center with Lucy Slinger, FSPA, Ph.D.

“A New Vision for America: Leading the Way to Sustainability” 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Terry Gips, president of Sustainability Associates.

“Art and the Environment” 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Gerard Ferrari, art department faculty member at Viterbo University.

Panel discussion on national/international issues 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Poetry reading 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall with Bill Stobb, Viterbo English department faculty member, and poet Juliet Patterson.

Music performances 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Tim Schorr, Viterbo music department faculty member and students.

The symposium is presented by the Viterbo School of Letters and Sciences. A free soup luncheon will be held Feb. 3–4 in the Reinhart Center Board Room. All events are free and open to the public and registration is not required. Please contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu with any questions. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.viterbo.edu/GoodEarth.aspx.

 

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