Hofstra University will celebrate Earth Week 2017 with six days of events, April 18-25, that feature an outdoor festival, sessions on climate change, and a strong presence in New York City for the March for Science global initiative.
“Hofstra’s mission is to encourage, nurture, and support learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind. We all need good science to help us achieve our mission, and our society depends on it to meet the daunting challenges of the modern world,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons, PhD, whose efforts helped galvanize more than 200 students, faculty and administrators to sign up for the event — part of a worldwide movement to defend the role of science in health, environment, government and society.
“Now is a great time for us to come together to show our support for science — and to show that those of us who do science understand the value of the humanities, arts, and the entire spectrum of human knowledge,” said Dr. Simmons, a geneticist and biologist. “A march for science is really a march for knowledge — and that’s what our University is about.”
In addition to New York City, marches will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as well as at more than 425 locations around the world on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
The Provost’s office, Division of Student Affairs, Center for Civic Engagement, Honors College, Tri Beta Biological Honor Society and other campus offices and organizations are coordinating arrangements for students who would like to travel as a group to Manhattan via the Long Island Rail Road (details listed below). Hofstra students are expected to be at the D.C. event as well.
The Hofstra group in New York City will be wearing T-shirts designed by a biology student. Participants are also invited to the Student Center dining hall on Friday, April 21, 6-9 pm, to make signs and banners for the next day’s march.
The Center for Civic Engagement, the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law will also present events during the week that raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and inspire hope for a greener, more sustainable future.
The full schedule includes:
Tuesday April 18: The Anthropologist film screening and discussion with director Seth Kramer
9:30 a.m. screening / 11 a.m. discussion, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library
Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, The Anthropologist is a documentary about the work of anthropologist Susie Crate, who travels the world studying cultures already affected by climate change. It is also a film about mothers and daughters who are anthropologists — Crate’s relationship with her teenage daughter is juxtaposed with an interview with Mary Catherine Bateson, anthropologist and daughter of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Tuesday, April 18: Fasten your Seatbelt: Environmental Law Under the Trump Administration
6-8 p.m. (Registration begins at 5:30); Hofstra Law School | Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.
Participants will forecast potential legal developments in environmental law during the early days of the Trump presidency and offer thoughts for how practitioners might respond. Speakers will address ramifications of the Trump presidency for energy and climate law, how a Trump presidency may impact the implementation of federal statutes addressed to traditional environmental media, whether any insights are possible from the experience of environmental practitioners under the Reagan presidency, and how to navigate relevant ethical considerations, including counseling clients about the likelihood of enforcement.Co-Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section.
Wednesday, April 19: Earth Day Celebration
11:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Calkins Quad (rain location TBA)
The Center for Civic Engagement’s annual outdoor festival brings student groups and community organizations together to celebrate the strides we have made in fostering a more sustainable planet.
Thursday, April 20: People, Pipelines, and Politics: What Citizens Can Do to Address Climate Change Challenges under Today’s EPA
6:30-9:30 p.m.; Breslin Hall 112
Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, this panel features Dr. Sandra Garren and Dr. Jase Bernhardt, both assistant professors in the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University; John Kane, activist and national commentator on Native American rights; and Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
Friday, April 21: Sign Making for the March for Science
6-9 p.m., back of the Student Center Dining Hall
Students across many disciplines including Geology, Environment and Sustainability will create signs and mobilize for the March for Science the following day. A prize will be awarded by student vote to the poster that best captures the spirit of the march. Poster materials and refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, April 22: Action Event: March for Science
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; New York City (meetup locations TBA)
More than 200 Hofstra students and faculty will join the March for Science, a global movement to defend the role of science in health, environment, government and society. The Center for Civic Engagement, Honors College, Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, and many other student organizations will help bring interested students into NYC to participate in the march. A group will meet in front of the Hofstra Bookstore in the Student Center between 7:45-8 a.m. on Saturday morning and will take the 8:34 a.m. train from the Mineola LIRR station. Other students can join them at the platform or in the city (location TBA). Please follow the group’s Facebook page for information on meetup locations and times.
Tuesday, April 25: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
6:30 p.m., Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall, South Campus
Join artist and speaker Baba Brinkman as he presents his “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos” as a follow up to Earth Week. Baba Brinkman brings science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy theatrics. In “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos,” he breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy.