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F&M Hosts Series of Environmental Speakers

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  • Bill Thompson III, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest

Members of the Franklin & Marshall community will be able to get a crash course on a range of environmental issues in the coming weeks—from personalized energy and petroleum to honeybees and birds—thanks to a new series of visiting speakers.

The Environmental Speakers Series kicks into full gear next week, when Bill Thompson III, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, speaks on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Roschel Performing Arts Center. Thompson's talk, titled "No Child Left Inside: Birds as a Doorway to Nature," will focus on ways to get children interested in nature. He will also share stories about his own adventures as a young "birder."

Thompson's visit is the first of seven events in the series, which culminates with a visit by author Doug Fine on Earth Day, April 22. All of the events are free and open to the public, and will be held at various locations on campus.

"We hope the series will get people on campus really energized and help them to become more environmentally conscious," says Sarah Dawson, acting director of the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment. "We have a nice representation of environmental speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise that we hope will appeal to everyone on campus."

The series is funded by the Mellon Visiting Scholar in Environmental Values, and receives additional support from the North Museum and the Office of the President. The Environmental Speakers Series Committee began planning for the series in September. In addition to Dawson, the committee is composed of Alexa Forrester, post-doctoral research fellow in environmental philosophy and visiting assistant professor of philosophy; Keely Maxwell, assistant professor of environmental studies; and Judith Mueller, associate professor of English.

The complete schedule, including dates, venues and biographical information about the speakers, is available on the Environmental Speakers Web site. Following Thompson's visit, the series includes the following speakers:

  • Feb. 19, Bryan Norton, "Sustainability: At What Scale?"
  • March 5, John Dernbach, "Agenda for a Sustainable America"
  • March 25, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, "CSI in the Hive: Investigating the Causes of Bee Mortality"
  • April 6, Daniel Nocera, "Personalized Energy for 1 (X6 Billion)"
  • April 19, Nature Matters: Faculty-Student Panel Discussion
  • April 22, Doug Fine, "Petroleum Free in One Year"