The Devil We Know, film screening followed by panel discussion with Ken Cook


The devil we know

Special guest, Ken Cook, president and co-founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group (EWG), is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy and the nation’s attempt to protect families and children from toxic substances.

Cook earned bachelor’s degrees in history and agriculture and a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Sue Calcagni will be another panelist on the discussion of The Devil We Know. Dr. Sue Calcagni is an environmental toxicologist and biologist with a Ph.D. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Sue CalcagniShe currently serves as an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.  Dr. Calcagni’s primary professional focus centers on chemical contaminants in aquatic environments, particularly the impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on aquatic communities and their connections to human health.  She also has a special interest in the biology, ecology, and biodiversity of insects and spiders.  In addition to teaching courses and mentoring student research, Dr. Calcagni currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry and has also served on the boards of watershed organizations such as the Yadkin Riverkeeper in North Carolina and the Soque River Watershed Association in Georgia.  Dr. Calcagni enjoys traveling & exploring public lands, hiking, camping, and macrophotography.

Panelist Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park.  She is a sociology professor at Catawba College and is the Director of the Catawba College Honors Program.  Dr. Vandergriff-Avery was awarded the 2012-13 Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teaching.  A native of East Tennessee, her interest in the Appalachian region is both personal and professional.  In 2004 she was one of 40 academics selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Appalachia and she regularly teaches the honors course, (Re)Inventing Appalachia.    

This film screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment. The presentation is free and open to the public but registration is required.

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