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Past Events

02/01/18 (Thursday)

A West Virginia University professor will speak on “Garbage Humanities: Environmental Thinking and the Future of the Humanities” Thursday, February 1, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. The event is co-hosted by the Center and the Catawba College English Department. Stephanie Foote, the WVU Jackson and Nichols Chair and Professor of English, researches and teaches American Literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on environmental issues.

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11/20/17 (Monday)

National Geographic Explorer Dr. T.H. Culhane calls himself “a soldier on a different battle front.” Working in slums with sustainable technology is like basic training in geography, technology and humanity, he says. The “battle fronts” from which Culhane has waged his war on global problems have taken him to Egypt, Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, Palestine and beyond.

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11/14/17 (Tuesday)

Salisbury pediatrician Dr. Chris Magryta will speak on “The Human Microbiome: The Next Frontier in Human Health” on Tuesday, November 14 at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. Bread Riot, a non-profit food advocacy organization, will offer a food tasting at 5:45, and Magryta will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Room 300.

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10/26/17 (Thursday)

“Would Rachel Carson Return to North Carolina? Environmental Problems and Possibilities” will be the topic of a presentation Thursday, October 26, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. Dr. Robert Musil, president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, will speak at 7 p.m. in Room 300. His presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 704.637.4791.

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Videos of Past Events

Doc Hendley Speaks at Catawba
Dr. John Wear & Dr. John Coonrod

John Coonrod: Eradicating World Hunger

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Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, encouraged the 70-plus people gathered at the Center for the Environment facility November 15 to “sustain their enthusiasm” in working to eradicate hunger and other problems in the world today.

“It is really easy in this world and in this media environment that we live in to get depressed,” he said, “but I tell you, the world can't afford for you to do that. We really need to keep ourselves up for this.”

Coonrod said it's easier for him to stay optimistic because he gets to travel all over the world and see what is being done to better humanity. “History is being made,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of people are moving out of poverty. Women who have been denied their rights for generations are finding their voices and standing up ...”

In some 35,000 villages around the globe, Coonrod said The Hunger Project staff and trained volunteers carry out the organization's mission – the sustainable end of world hunger – using three strategies: “mobilization for self-reliance; empowering women; and partnering with local government.”

The women in these impoverished villages, he said, “day by day solve more problems than I probably have to face in my lifetime ... ” Yet, Coonrod said they have a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness and a pattern of waiting to be rescued that's deeply ingrained in them.

“So the first step has to be the awakening of people to the possibility of taking charge of their own lives,” he said.

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Dave Foreman Speaks at Catawba
Dave Foreman

Dave Foreman: Rewilding

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“Overpopulation, Mass Extinction and Rewilding” was the topic of a presentation by the founder of the Wildlands Project Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Renowned wilderness conservationist Dave Foreman delivered a passionate message at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus Tuesday evening for humans to help save wild habitants and habitats.

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