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Rami Zurayk will talk about the rural/food dimensions of the Aran Uprising and will critically discuss the role of food sovereignty in relation to liberation struggles, taking Palestine as an example.

Zurayk is professor of ecosystem management in the faculty of agricultural and food sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring (2011) and War Diary: Lebanon 2006, among other titles. He is a longtime activist for political and social justice. Zurayk's current research focuses on the relationship between landscapes and livelihoods, on food politics, and on local food systems. After the July 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he created a postwar development program, Land and People, to aid in livelihood recovery.

Join the S-Reps in the Williamson Sports Center for Skidmore men's and women's basketball double-header against Rochester Institute of Technology. The S-Reps will have sustainability-themed games and activities all afternoon long. The women's game begins at 2 p.m. and the men's game at 4.

Sustainable Skidmore and the Office of Student Diversity Programs are hosting the second dialogue in its Food and Justice Series. We invite the Skidmore community to join in a thoughtful dialogue on the topic of health food, race, food gentrification, and food racism.

Kate Clopeck is visiting Skidmore to talk about the Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program. The program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. This program teaches students about the water crisis and provides the opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem. Teams of students work with communities to build water treatment businesses and train local women entrepreneurs how to manage it. For more information about Community Water Solutions and the Fellowship, please watch this video.

Designed to promote energy-conscious behavior through education, Skidmore Unplugged encourages campus residence halls to achieve the greatest reduction in electricity usage. This year, the hall with the greatest reduction will win a water-bottle refilling station.

Where do you shop for food and why? Join Sustainable Skidmore and the Office of Student Diversity Programs in a dialogue about food justice as we kick off Local Food Day by examining how our environments and identities influence our experiences with food.

The Sustainability Office invites students, faculty, and staff to join in on a discussion around sustainability at Skidmore College. Many changes have occurred over the past few months, and we want to provide a space for the community to hear the latest updates and have any questions answered.

Advanced screening of Growing Cities, a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Co-sponsored by Farm Aid, Sustainable Skidmore, and EAC.

Join us to hear from Saratoga resident Karen Flewelling about her experiences fundraising and traveling abroad to carry out international service work in communities in Tanzania, Nepal, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guinea, and many other countries to help install water wells and provide health care to women. Flewelling will help students and community members understand how one person can make a difference globally and talk to us about her upcoming trip to Rwanda and Tanzania.

Join the North Woods Stewards for a family-friendly and educational tour of Skidmore's North Woods. It will include basic plant and tree identification and learning about how the North Woods ecosystem functions. Free and open to the public.

Do you like to ride bikes? Scooters? Unicycles? Rollerblades? All are welcome to join for an epic ride around Skidmore's beautiful campus.

With the help and support of students, faculty and staff, and community members, we will be joining forces to create Skidmore's first Critical Mass event.

Critical Mass events occur in cities all over the world and raise awareness about safety on the streets for everyone and sustainable transportation. Come to the Gazebo to join us for this exciting event! Bring a bike or form of transport if you have one. If not, come anyway! Skidmore's bike share program can lend you one! Wear a costume, a mask, or anything that will get Skidmore's attention: creative thought matters!!! Veggie burgers/burgers/yummy food will be provided after the ride.

Jointly sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, and Skidmore College's Environmental Action Club, this forum will address people's concerns about the ways in which climate change may affect our region, with an emphasis on what we can do to reduce risks and adapt to climate challenges.


Please join us for this informative presentation and discussion. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Please attend an evening lecture and discussion with author and innovator in environmental education David Sobel, core faculty at the Department of Education at Antioch University New England and project director at the Antioch New England Institute.

Sobel has written extensively on the merits of place-based education, developmentally appropriate environmental education, inquiry science, mapmaking with children, cognitive development and developmental theory, school improvement, children and nature, and parenting with nature. Refreshments will be served.

Sobel is author of Childhood and Nature, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities; Children’s Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood; Know Nukes: Controversy in the Classroom; Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education; and Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Sustainable Skidmore, the North Woods Stewards, and the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps are hosting a community service day to help with trail maintenance, cleanup, and erosion control in Skidmore’s North Woods, a large tract of forested land north of campus.

An event to celebrate the students who have worked on sustainability at Skidmore! We will celebrate the accomplishments of the past few years and look forward to next year.
This gives us a chance to gather as a big group, which we don't do very often. Upcoming S-Reps will have the chance to meet current S-Reps, interns can share their experiences this year, and we can share our gratitude for one another and for the time we have together at Skidmore.

Lecture by Dr. John Todd, a leader in the use of living systems for water purification. His work spans business, residential, small village, big town, etc. installations (see Todd is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of ecological design and engineering and the founder and senior partner of John Todd Ecological Design. Beyond his numerous awards and citations including the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award, Todd has degrees in agriculture, parasitology, and tropical medicine from McGill University and a doctorate in fisheries and ethology from the University of Michigan. Todd is currently a tenured research professor at the School of Natural Resources and both a distinguished lecturer and fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is also the founder and president of Ocean Arks International, a nonprofit research and education organization established in 1981.
The Island President lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. President Mohamed Nasheed is trying to prevent 385,000 people from drowning. His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands, the Maldives, is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise due to global warming. Climate change experts say that some of the islands will be submerged within 20 years, threatening the lives of the largely impoverished inhabitants as well as inundating the lavish resorts that dot the islands. Nasheed’s unprecedented contingency plan is to move his entire population to a new homeland. As he conducts serious discussions about this with Sri Lanka and Australia, Nasheed is doing all he can to prevent this looming disaster by trying to convince world leaders to halt global warming.

There will be a 45-minute conversation after the viewing focused on the issue of climate change and global warming with Hulwa Khaleel, a current Skidmore student who is from the Maldives.