• A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
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Sustainable Living

During the 2002-2003 academic year, Hartwick students, faculty, and staff are taking an in-depth look at Sustainable Living, defined as a set of interrelated, consciously undertaken practices necessary for future healthy forms of life on Earth.

Hartwick's academic and co-curricular programs on sustainability are designed to explore, identify, and understand the meaning and consequences of those practices in terms of the environment, economics, politics, humanities, and social justice.

Programs include lectures, a film series, exhibitions, a symposium, special events, and academic courses and projects:

SPEAKER SERIES  (Open to the public, free of charge)

Christopher Cook, award-winning journalist and documentarian, "The Sprawling of America," September 1, 2002

Barry Moser, booksmith, and Ann Turner, author, "American Literature and the Land," November 8, 2002

Michael Shuman, director of the Village Foundation's Institute for Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, "The End of Globalization: How Shrinking Economies of Scale Can Revitalize Community Economies," January 9, 2003. 

Langdon Winner, professor of political science in the department of Science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "Commodity or Connection: Two Models of Sustainability," January 15, 2003.  

David Orr, professor and chair of the environmental studies program at Oberlin College, "Designing a World That Works," February 27, 2003, 7 p.m., Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel. 

Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecologist, activist, author and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, "Earth Democracy: The World Beyond Corporate Globalization," March 1, 2003, 7 p.m., Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts

Tom Zetterstrom, photographer, "Portraits of Trees," March 6, 2003, 7 p.m., The Yager Museum, Yager Hall

Nancy Folbre, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and staff economist with the Center for Popular Economics, "Disincentives to Care: A Critique of U.S. Family Policy," March 13, 2003, 7 p.m., Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall

Bill McKibben, noted nature writer, "Sustainability as a Moral Issue: Taking a Global Step Back," April 3, 2003, 7 p.m., Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel

Peter Finn, chair and co-founder of the Catskill Mountain Foundation, "Sustainable Living: A Personal Interpretation," April 10, 2003, 7 p.m. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall

John Ikerd, writer and professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, April 17, 2003, "Walking the Talk of Sustainable Agriculture, 2:30 p.m., Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall; " Reconnecting People through Sustainable Food and Farming Systems, 7 p.m., Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts

Tom Zetterstrom, fine arts photographer and founder of Elm Watch, "Return of the American Elm," Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 4:30 p.m., Room 202, Science Center; this talk is being given in conjunction with the planting of an elm tree in celebration of Earth Day

Bob Theis, California architect, "Sustainable Design Is Not What You Think," April 25, 2003, 7 p.m., The Yager Museum, Yager Hall 

John Daido Loori, resident teacher and spiritual leader, Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY, "Art and Loving Nature, " April 29, 2003, 7 p.m., The Yager Museum, Yager Hall

Jean Lacy, Dallas, TX artist, "Honoring Ancestors: Shrines by African-American Artist Jean Lacy and Civil Rights Movement Seminar Students;" Friday, May 9, 2003; 7 p.m., Elting Gallery, The Yager Museum, Yager Hall


Sustainable Architecture and Design                                                        
"The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart, and the Birth of the Sustainable Economy," March 5, 7 p.m., free, Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts

Feminist Earth Art                                                                                  
Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra," March 19, 7 p.m., free, Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts

Animated Double Feature 
"Steinflug" (Flight of the Stone) and "The Lorax," April 16, 7 p.m., free, Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts

"OF THE EARTH" EXHIBITIONS in The Yager Museum, Yager Hall (Open to the public; free of charge)

American Literature and the Land: Illustrations by Barry Moser, October 31-December 29, 2002; gallery talk and reception, November 8, 4-6 p.m.

Oneonta's Native Son: Carleton E. Watkins, Photographer, January 7-April 6, 2003; reception February 13, 5-7 p.m.

Tom Zetterstrom: Portraits of Trees, January 17-April 6, 2003; reception February 13, 5-7 p.m.; gallery talk March 6, 7 p.m.; Earth Day Celebration: Planting an American Elm, April 22,       4 p.m. with lecture immediately following at 4:30 p.m., Room 202, Miller Science Center

Imaging Biodiversity - Amphibians: Images by Brandon Ballengee and Stan Sessions, March 21-June 29, 2003; exhibition in the Community Gallery, fourth floor, Yager Hall; reception April 4, 5-7 p.m.

It's Not Like Something Else: Photographs by John Daido Loori,  April 24-August 17, 2003; gallery talk, "Art and Loving Nature," April 29, 7 p.m., Elting Gallery

Joining and Rejoining: Sustainable Design at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus by Bob Theis, April 24-August 17, 2003; gallery talk, "Sustainable Design Is Not What You Think," April 25, 7 p.m., va Ess Gallery

SYMPOSIUM  (Open to the public; Free)

"Sustainability Science," The Catskill Institute for the Environment and Hartwick College,  Friday, February 28, 2003, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Agora, Dewar Hall; for more information or to reserve a space, call 607-278-5429.


Performance:  "Grass Songs," in conjunction with American Literature and the Land : Illustrations by Barry Moser  exhibition; November 15-17, 2002, Slade Theatre, Yager Hall

Sustainability within Theatre Arts, "The Hot L Baltimore," April 10 - 12, 2003, 8 p.m., Slade Theater, Yager Hall

Earth Day Celebration: Planting an American Elm, April 22, 2003, 4 p.m. with lecture immediately following at 4:30 p.m., Room 202, Miller Science Center

Hartwick Human Rights Day, Thursday, May 8, 2003, 6-8:30 p.m., Agora, Dewar Hall

Film/Discussion: "Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture," Nathan Batalion, Thursday, May 15, 2003, 7 p.m., Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall

Landscaping Project: Creating a Native Woodland Garden, Friday, May 16, 2003, 10 a.m. - project completion, between Science Center and van Ess Hall


"Sustainable Neighborhood: The Children Strike Back," a Music Department project in which Oneonta children talk about their actual and dream homes, and neighborhoods, and environments


A sampling of 2002-2003 courses that incorporate sustainability issues: Ecology and the Environment; Environmental Economics; Contemporary Trends in American Music; The Politics of Sustainability; Latin American Cultural Studies; Conservation Biology; The Future of Life; Energy: Past, Present and Future; Going Local; Cultural Ecology: Hunters and Gatherers; Horticulture; Environmental Ethics; Greening the Hartwick Campus; Architecture of the Sacred; Communities, Social Justice, and Sustainability; and Human Rights. 

Projects include the Child Composer Project, melding music and environmental education; Creating a Native Landscape, and more.

For more information about specific programs, watch the "Events" section of this Web page, call 607-431-4038.