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2007 Eco-Festival

April 17-19, 2007 Kingsborough Community College and Student World Assembly held an Eco-Festival to provide students, teachers and concerned citizens with a forum to explore the issues of poverty, health and sustainable development in a global context. The symposium was designed to educate, motivate, and inspire meaningful action. Eco-Festival was constituted by students and faculty from many disciplines, community leaders, and environmental activists, artists and writers. It featured keynote speakers such as Andy Revkin of the New York Times, a faculty symposium, a day of the arts, as well as films, lectures, and workshops. The mission of the eco-festival was to raise ecological literacy, to foster global citizenship, to promote meaningful dialogue about environmental issues, and to inspire environmental action and stewardship.

Schedule of Events

Day 1:

10:20-12:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker. MAC Rotunda

  • Greetings by President Regina Peruggi and Dean Reza Fakhari.
  • Andrew Revkin, Science Writer, The New York Times, and author of The North Pole Was Here and The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest. Book signing to follow talk. MAC Rotunda.

Workshop Sessions (all day)

9:10-10:10 Professor Gail Levine (Health, Physical Education, and Recreation). “Healing Waters around the World.” Terrace Room V219.

9:10-10:10 Richard Mandelbaum, “Green Building: Constructing an Environmentally Friendly Home.” Room M239.

12:40-1:40 p.m. Philosophy Club, Joe Terry, facilitator. “Planetary Stewardship and Environmental Ethics.” Room M239.

1:50-4:00 p.m. Student World Assembly. “Time to Act: Environmental Student Activism with SWA.” MAC Rotunda.

7:00-9:00 p.m. -. Evening Film Event I. MAC Playhouse.
Al Gores Academy-award winning film An Inconvenient Truth. Hosted by Georgia Lind (Biology). Faculty panel discussion to follow film.

Day 2:

11:30-1:00 p.m. - Keynote Speaker. MAC Rotunda

  • Greetings by Vice President and Provost Stuart Suss and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Reza Fakhari.
  • James Gustave Speth, Dean of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. Book signing to follow talk.

2:00-5:00 p.m - Earth Slam! Eco-festival Day of the Arts. MAC ROTUNDA

  • Feature poet George Held, author of Winged, Grounded, and W is for War, and retired Professor of English, Queens College/CUNY.
  • Poetry and music by faculty and students. Open Poetry Mike hosted by Eben Wood (English) and the Poetry Club.

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Evening Film Event I. MAC Playhouse.
Al Gores Academy-award winning film An Inconvenient Truth. Hosted by Georgia Lind (Biology). Faculty panel discussion to follow film.

Day 3:

10:20-12:30 p.m. - Faculty Symposium on the Urban Environment. MAC ROTUNDA
Sustainable Development in New York City: A Global City at the Crossroads.
Co-coordinators: Barbara Walters (Sociology); Beth King (Anthropology); David Costello (Communications and Performing Arts).

  • Session I. Meet the Kingsborough Authors.
    Betsy McCully (English), author of City at the Waters Edge: A Natural History of New York
    Vernon Mogenson (Political Science), author of Worker Safety Under Siege.
    Presider and Moderator: Barbara Walters
  • Session II. Sustainable Development and Global Enterprise.
    Theresa Mastrianni (Marketing)
    Stuart Schulman, Executive Director, Center for Work Force and Economic
    Presider and Moderator: Barbara Walters.

Workshop Sessions

12:40-1:40 p.m. Annie del Principe (English). “Greening Kingsborough: Student Perspectives on Global Warming. Terrace Room V219.

12:40-1:40p.m. Jane Weiss (English) and Claudia Mausner (Environmental Psychology, CUNY). The Nature of Kingsborough: Exploring Green/Open Spaces on Campus. Room M239.

1:50-2:50 p.m. Georgia Lind (Biology). The Last Polar Bear: Can Relocation Save Them? Terrace Room V219.

1:50-2:50 p.m. Joe Giunta, New York City Audubon. The Birds of New York City. Film: Pale Male about the red-tail hawks of Fifth Avenue. Bird walk on campus, weather permitting.

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