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To celebrate the life of Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the 1962 book that sparked the modern environmental movement, Colby College is inviting the public to a series of events on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. These events are free and range from performances and nature walks to workshops for children and sessions about toxic substances in the home. Registration is requested.
The weekend will kick off with a one-woman play about Carson on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. A Sense of Wonder is written and performed by nationally renowned actress Kaiulani Lee, who brings 30 years of acting experience in theater, film, and television to the stage.
Saturday, May 5, brings activities including discussions of Carson’s life and legacy led by authors, scholars, and environmental professionals; educational workshops for children led by Colby students; family nature activities; sessions on alternatives to toxic chemicals in our homes, bodies, foods and lawns; and a lunch featuring sustainable, locally produced and organic food. Colby students will also present the results of a community environmental health assessment. Director of the Maine State Planning Office Martha Freeman, who as a child knew Carson, will highlight Carson’s Maine connections. A concert by Maine folk singer Gordon Bok concludes the day.
Carson, who was born 100 years ago this May, is widely recognized as one of the most influential environmentalists of all time. A scientist, writer and nature-lover, her writing has inspired people across generations to think about their connection to nature and how humans affect the environment.
Silent Spring first exposed the world to the dangers of synthetic pesticides and put in motion the political changes that led to the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and some of the earliest environmental protection laws. Carson’s legacy reaches us today as we grapple with global climate change, bans on toxic chemicals and reconnecting our children with nature. Her messages continue to inspire thought and action in stewardship of the earth.
To learn more and to register, please visit <http://www.colby.edu/environ/RachelCarson/RCarson.html>
or call 207-859-4846. This event is sponsored by the Colby College Environmental Studies Program and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.