Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si, is an urgent call for politicians, policy makers, and all citizens of planet earth to make care for the environment central in our decision making. He appeals for recognition of the “seamless garment of life” which connects the smallest micro-organism in the biosphere to the life of humans and demands that we extend the notion of rights to all living creatures. Linking environmental degradation to war and poverty, he maintains that only a radical shift in our relationship with the earth will allow future generations to survive and flourish. John Allen, Associate Editor of the Boston Globe and foremost commentator on the Catholic Church, will keynote the symposium. He will be followed by a panel of environmental professors and activists including Jon Erickson of the UVM Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, Sister Bernadette Bostwick of Green Mountain Monastery, and Clive Gray, retired Third World Development economist, formerly of the Harvard Institute for International Development.
The Colorado-based contemporary Dance company Rogue Co., which features Sarah Ryan, SMC class of 2009, will present two free performances in the McCarthy Art Center Theatre on September 11 & 12 at 7:00 pm. Rogue Co. 'strays from the expected and pushes the limits of creativity with their courageous and cutting edge style.'
The Saint Michael's Fine Arts Department, in conjunction with the Wit Palliative Care Project, are pleased to announce a guest appearance by Ms. Margaret Edson, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Wit. The event will take place Saturday, September 12th at 1:00 PM in the Recital Hall of the McCarthy Arts Center, on the Saint Michael's campus. Ms. Edson will give an overview of how Wit came about, its journey from a vision to a Broadway show, and more. She is an entertaining speaker, open to questions and comments. Be prepared for an enjoyable, informative session! This event is FREE and open to the public. Performances of Wit will be held at the UVM Medical Center, Davis Auditorium, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, September 11, 12 & 13. Proceeds will be donated to the UVM Palliative Care Collaborative and used to foster adult and pediatric palliative care. For more information and ticket reservations visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wit-the-palliative-care-project-tickets-17382146468 or Google-search: eventbrite wit palliative care.
Now in its eighth year, “Vermont Sings for Peace” is a concert, a choral festival, a community event, and a fund-raiser. Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble, invites four other Vermont choral ensemble to prepare songs on the theme of Peace and Justice, and join in a concert where each ensemble sings individually and as a massed chorus with the audience. This year’s concert will include The Champlain Echoes, Robert De Cormier and Friends, The South Burlington Community Chorus, and The Thetford Chamber Singers. Admission is free, but a collection is taken each year for a charitable organization working for Peace either domestically or internationally. This year, honoring the legacy of the great American troubadour and activist Pete Seeger, the beneficiary is the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Srdja Popovic was a founder and leader of the student group OTPOR! which helped topple Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. With Mathew Miller, he has just written a book, Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World. Currently, he is executive director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) which has worked with pro-democracy activists from more than 50 countries including India, Iran, Zimbabwe, Burma, Ukraine, Palestine, Belarus, Tunisia, and Egypt.
The first film of the series will be The Legend of Sarila. Shown in French with English subtitles.
Quebekoizie, a documentary on the First Nations. Shown in French with English subtitles.
Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Mãn a husband--a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal. Thrown into a new world, Mãn discovers her natural talent as a chef. Gracefully she practices her art, with food as her medium. She creates dishes that are much more than sustenance for the body: they evoke memory and emotion, time and place, and even bring her customers to tears. Mãn is a mystery--her name means 'perfect fulfillment,' yet she and her husband seem to drift along, respectfully and dutifully. But when she encounters a married chef in Paris, everything changes in the instant of a fleeting touch, and Mãn discovers the all-encompassing obsession and ever-present dangers of a love affair. Full of indelible images of beauty, delicacy and quiet power, Mãn is a novel that begs to be savoured for its language, its sensuousness and its love of life. We will discuss Kim Thuy's last novel, Mãn (discussions in French).Summary:Mãn est une histoire d'amour entre une femme et celles qui l'ont, tour à tour, fait naître, allaitée, élevée. Elle a été déposée dans le potager d'un temple bouddhiste sur le bord d'un des bras du Mékong par une adolescente. Une moniale l'a recueillie et nourrie d'eau, de riz et du lait des seins d'une mère voisine, avant de la confier à une autre femme – enseignante de jour, espionne en tout temps.Mãn parle de l'amour à l'envers, celui qui doit se taire, celui qui ne peut être vécu, celui qui ne doit pas s'inscrire dans le temps en souvenirs, en histoires. Or, juste avant la fin, ou au milieu d'un nouveau début, ailleurs, loin de la chaleur tropicale, près du corps, dans la lenteur aérienne des flocons de neige, il y a eu un amour à l'endroit, c'est-à-dire un amour ordinaire né d'une rencontre ordinaire, avec un homme ordinaire, ce qui était pour elle l'extraordinaire, l'improbable.
Bridget Kerr, Saint Michael's College English and Environmental Studies instructor, will talk about the spiritual bonds between humans and animals. Do these encounters truly empower humans to develop a richer, more transcendent life?
Event Location: Chapel steps/lawn area. Tim Hayes, author of Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal, and Stephanie Lockhart, Founder and Director of the Center for America’s First Horse, will give a Natural Horsemanship demonstration and talk about how horses can help us all to be better humans. In case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be on the chapel lawn with a short presentation in the Alliot Vermont Room. To learn more, visit http://www.ridinghome.com/ http://www.hayesisforhorses.com/ http://www.centerforamericasfirsthorse.org/
Redemptive Pedagogy in a Time of Disaster: Reports from the Flying University on Uncanny Inspirations for Social Justice Sol Neely is an assistant professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Alaska Southeast. He completed his Ph.D. in Purdue University’s Philosophy and Literature program, specializing in critical theory, cultural studies, postsecular existentialism and phenomenology, critical pedagogy, and the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. His dissertation-Revolutionizing Maieutics: Philosophical, Literary, and Political Pedagogies in a Time of Disaster-draws from Emmanuel Levinas’ call for an “ethics as first philosophy” and takes up the question of pedagogy focused through the aperture of social justice. While writing his dissertation, Sol also taught English courses at various prisons in Indiana through Indiana State University’s Correctional Education Program. In Fall 2012, at UAS, Professor Neely founded the Flying University, a prison education program that brings university students inside the prison to collaboratively study philosophy and literature with incarcerated students. Since it was established, formerly incarcerated students who participated in Flying University are enrolling at UAS, upon release. These students have established a peer-support, on-campus student organization known as “The Flying University at UAS” that recruits ex-felons for academic study as a meaningful alternative to recidivism. Professor Neely also serves as the Education In-Reach Coordinator for the Juneau Reentry Coalition, a broad coalition of representatives from housing, employment, mental health, recovery, and education groups as well as representatives from the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Professor Neely stays active with indigenous rights work on campus, promoting indigenous intellectual authority and working to heal the wounds of historical violence. He has been trained through the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity (ANDORE) program created by the First Alaskans Institute. He is also coordinator of the UAS Honors Program and regularly teaches courses in literary and critical theories, cultural studies, and postsecular existentialism. In 2006, Professor Neely co-founded the North American Levinas Society and served as its president for the first ten years. Professor Neely has published in the Medieval British Literature Handbook (Continuum), Analecta Husserliana, Screen Bodies (forthcoming), Environmental Philosophy (forthcoming), and he will have a chapter on a “Critical Theory of Laughter” in a book on Levinas and Comedy.This is a You Count event.
The film Bon Cop, Bad Cop will be shown in French with English subtitles. It will be introduced by Prof. Jeff Ayres, Dean of the College and Professor in Political Science and Internationa Relations.
The Fine Arts Department presents a concert by the Vermont Symphonic Winds, a fine community wind ensemble based in Central Vermont and directed by Lisa Jablow.