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Spring 2011 Consumption Campus Theme Events Announced

February 21, 2011

Spring 2011 "Consumption" Campus Theme events are as follows below. For more information, e-mail

February (Subtheme: The Material World)

24        Monthly Film Screening and Discussion: No Impact Man. Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m.
"A guilty New York liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year--turns off the electricity; stops making garbage; gives up TV, taxis, and take-out; becomes a walking, bicycling, composting, tree-hugging, polar-bear saving, local-food-eating citizen. All the while taking his baby daughter and caffeine-loving, retail-obsessed, television-addicted wife along with him." Learn more about the weeklong No Impact Challenge as well.

March (Subtheme: Lifestyles)

1          An Evening with James Howard Kunstler: Our Culture of Consumption. Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m. Lecture and book-signing by the provocative author and social critic. Kunstler has written The Geography of Nowhere, World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, The Witch of Hebron, and more. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He wrote The Geography of Nowhere, "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."

10        Thursday Roundtable: Feast and Famine: The Technology of Fast Food. Joseph Campisi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marist CollegeEaton Lounge, 12:30 p.m. Light lunch.

18        Friday Roundtable: The Real Deal on Addiction on College Campuses. Gary Robinson and Robin Pisano, Hartwick College Counseling Center. Eaton Lounge, 12:30 p.m.
Overconsumption is not just an environmental problem; it can be a deeply personal issue. Join Hartwick College counselors for a roundtable discussion about addictive behaviors and their link to consumption. Light lunch provided.

22        Monthly Film Screening and Discussion: My Name Was Bette: Life and Death of an Alcoholic.  Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m.  Introduced by the documentary filmmaker.
This intimate, tender, and shocking documentary tells the story of Bette--feminist, nurse, wife, and mother--who died from alcoholism in September 2007. The filmmakers employ interviews with Bette's family members and friends, her medical records and police file, and family photographs to examine the development and progression of alcoholism in women. This film will forever change your view of drinking. Discussion with the filmmaker follows film.

24        Conversations at the Lake: Native American Peoples: Sustainability of the Land, Culture and Language. Cliff Eaglefeathers (Cheyenne) and Karyl Denison Eaglefeathers. The Strawbale House, Pine Lake, 7 p.m.
In the Native American understanding of the world, the trees, the rocks, and the water are alive. We honor them and respect them. The Eaglefeathers will explain the special role that water has in Cheyenne culture and the way that the prophesies of Sweet Medicine guide the Cheyenne policies on extractive minerals. In the way that water, air, and earth are fundamental to life, Native culture and language is fundamental to the continuation  of Native peoples as human beings.

TBA:  Recycling Bin Decorating Contest for faculty, staff, and students. Hartwick is now single- source recycling. Help us increase campus recycling and promote waste reduction.

April (Subtheme: Going Glocal)

6          Monthly Film Screening and Discussion: Malls R Us. Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m.
"Combining nostalgia, dazzling architecture, pop culture, economics and politics, MALLS R US examines North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination--the enclosed shopping center--and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial, experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion, and greed merge."

 14        Lecture: Radical Simplicity.  Jim Merkel. Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m.
Jim Merkel is author of Radical Simplicity and director of the Global Living Project. "In the face  of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a  necessary step in transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations." The Global Living Project is a proactive response to poverty, war, climate change, and ecological destruction.

15        Friday Roundtable: Your Money or Your Life. Jim Merkel.  Eaton Lounge, 12:30 p.m.
A workshop based on the best-seller Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. We will examine strategies of how to get off the treadmill and chart a path toward a more fulfilling existence. By following the practical nine-step program, it is possible to obtain financial freedom and live a more meaningful life knowing you are contributing toward healing the planet.

19        Earth Week Film Screening and Discussion. NAQOYQATSI. Johnstone Science Center 202/110, 7 p.m.
"NAQOYQATSI chronicles the most significant event of the past 5,000 years: the transition from the natural milieu, old nature, to the "new" nature, the technological milieu. Nature has held earthly unity through the mystery of diversity. New nature achieves this unity through the awesome power of technological homogenization. In a poetic nanosecond, NAQOYQATSI gives utterance to a new world coming, a new world here."

21:       Earth Week Lecture: Malawi Moments: Reflections on Consumption after Peace Corps.  Meleia Egger '04. Eaton Lounge, 7 p.m.  
After earning an M.S. in geography from Michigan State University, Meleia Egger spent two years teaching in the African nation of Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer, living without electricity, running water, or refrigeration. Egger will reflect on cultural attitudes on consumption in African nations compared to those in the U.S. 

22:       Earth Day/Hartwick College Campus Beautification Day
Join the Campus Building and Grounds Committee, Pine Lake Institute, students, faculty, and staff for some spring cleaning. Projects include area cleanups, painting, gardening, and more.

27        Conversations at the Lake: Landscaping and Native Plants. Lisa Tessier, SUNY Delhi. The Strawbale House, Pine Lake, 7 p.m.
With spring in the air, our thoughts turn to our gardens. We will discuss what "native plants" are and why they are a fabulous choice for home landscape designs. We will focus on a selection of favorite native shrub and perennial plants that are well-suited for this region. Lisa Tessier teaches at SUNY Delhi and has worked for landscape architecture firms in NYS and the non-profit Center for Community Design Research. 

May (Subtheme: Moving Forward)

16-20: Bike/Walk to Wick Week. Reception/Registration Table: Stack Lounge Patio, 8-9:30 a.m.
Live off campus? Celebrate alternate forms of transportation and reduce your carbon footprint by taking our BWWW Challenge. Bike or walk to campus and join us for light breakfast snacks. Prizes awarded to those participating. Open to students, faculty, and staff living off campus.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030