Earth Day at Samford University: April 20-24

During the week of April 20-24, the Geography Department, Office of Environmental Stewardship & Campus Enhancement, and various campus organizations will be sponsoring a range of events that focus on environmental themes from academic, social and spiritual perspectives. The theme for Earth Day 2015 is The Peace of Wild Things, based on a phrase borrowed from one of Wendell Berry's most beloved poems. Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year. For more information, explore

Earth Day Fair Exhibition Winners

Most Informative:  Save the Seine

Students:  Marcos Duarte & Juliana Guzman

Department/Class/Faculty:  French 375, Dr. Heather West

Most Creative:  Altar of Peace

Students:  Nathan Smolin, Rachel Ray, Chris Taunton, Josh Waddell, Sam Hahn

Department/Class/Faculty:  Classics, Dr. Randy Todd

Best Visuals:  Loves of the Plant

Students:  Dr. Carol Ann Vaughn Cross’s Cultural Perspectives 202 classes

Department/Class/Faculty:  Core Curriculum/UCCP 202/ Dr. Vaughn Cross

Best use of Theme:  Extinct & Endangered Species of Jefferson County

Students:  Courtney Daniel, Peyton Foernsler, Cara Prince, Devyn Lamon

Department/Class/Faculty:  Biology 107, Dr. Kristen Bakkegard

Most Interactive:  Green Poetics

Students:  Franklin Lowe

Department/Class/Faculty:  English/Dr. Julie Steward

Best Overall:  Helping the Environment from our Samford Homes

Students:  Emily Trucks, Alexis Crutchfield, Sarah Merwin, Katherine Pulley

Department/Class/Faculty:  Biology 107, Dr. Kristen Bakkegard

Schedule of Events+

Monday, April 20, 3:30-5:20 p.m. - Documentary viewing and discussion: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai - Brock Forum (sponsored by the Geography Department) [convo credit]
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

Monday, April 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Documentary Viewing: Behind the Label, India's Genetically Modified Cotton, Brock Forum (Sponsored by the Critical Languages Program)
What lies behind the spread of genetically modified plants in cotton cultivation in India? Who benefits from it? Is biotechnology really the solution for the development of Third World Countries? Behind the Label is a journey through India, in search of the hidden world that lies between the folds of cotton – the most used textile fiber in the world. But it also presents a globalization process from the perspective of those who have no access to information or privileges of any kind.

Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Earth Day Fair on Ben Brown Plaza
Solar Walk on the Quad
Student & academic groups will display their own work and expertise on a variety of environmental and educational issues/projects.
Outside vendors will be at the fair to market their own products & services.
Technical Knock Out will be on site to dispose of personal electronic waste. They recycle anything that plugs in! There are fees associated with monitor and hard drive destruction.

Tuesday, April 21, 7-7:30 p.m. - Meeting of Birmingham Astronomical Society, Christenberry Planetarium
All students, faculty & staff are invited to attend meeting of the Birmingham Astronomical Society (BAS).

Tuesday, April 21, 8 p.m. - Alabama Spring Skies Show, Christenberry Planetarium
Telescope viewing immediately following. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 5-6:30 p.m. - Documentary Viewing: Nénette , Brooks Auditorium (Sponsored by the French Club)
Nénette analyzes the effects of a life lived in captivity in this touching film. Nénette is an orangutan in her 40's who was born in a Borneo jungle but has been living in a zoo in Paris for most of her life. Nénette has outlived her partners and spends her time in a plastic cage drinking tea, eating sweets, and not doing much as the visitors stop and observe her. This documentary focuses on the old, red-furred ape from outside, watching her just as most spectators do, while the zoo's staff and caretakers talk about the animal, suggesting a difference between the reality of Nénette’s existence and what humans read into the situation.

Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m. - Convocation: Creation Calls, led by Peter Illyn, founder of Restoring Eden, Reid Chapel

Thursday, April 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Goddess, Gearbox or the Garden: a lecture and Q&A with Peter Illyn, founder of Restoring Eden, Brooks Auditorium [convo credit]

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. - Film Club & Geography Department Sponsored Viewing of the Korean film, The Host (2006), Planetarium
One of the top grossing Korean films to date, Bong Joon Ho’s The Host is a science-fiction, horror film that tells the story of an unfortunate environmental incident and a monstrous creature conceived in the waters of the Han River running through the capital city Seoul. As the creature slowly starts to grow in the depths of the river, people fail to sense signs of an impending disaster, devoting themselves to the Korea-Japan World Cup soccer finals, the President elections and to their individual lives. Then one day in 2005, in front of countless citizens taking a stroll and enjoying the weekend on the banks of the Han River, the creature reveals itself in a shocking display of horror.

A Biblical Perspective+

Evangelical Environmental Network's Declaration on the Care of Creation

Interested in how written Scripture addresses environmental issues such as natural revelation? Jesus as human/natural revelation? Humans as natural revelation of God? Relationships among various parts of a whole Creation? Fragmentation and reconciliation of God's Creation?

Genesis 1
Genesis 2: 1-4
Leviticus 25: 1-7, 23
Deut. 10:14
I Chronicles 19: 11-12
Nehemiah 9:6
Psalm 104: 10-30
Psalm 24:1
Psalm 148
Psalm 19:1-4
Psalm 96: 1, 11-12
Psalm 104
Psalm 8
Job 38-42, esp (42:1-4)
Isaiah 40:12, 26
Isaiah 42: 5-7
Isaiah 53:4-15
Isaiah 66: 1-2
Micah 6:8
Matthew 8:16-17
Matthew 9:35
Matthew 20: 28
Matthew 22: 37-40
Matthew 25: 34-45
Mark 2: 1-12
Mark 10: 17-27
Mark 12: 30-31
Luke 6:31
John 1: 1-4
John 3:16
John 10:10
John 13:34
Romans 1: 20-23
1 Corinthians 8:6
1 Corinthians 10:26
2 Corinthians 5: 14-21
Phil. 2:4-8
Colossians 1:15-19
Hebrews 1:2-3
1 Peter 2:24
1 John 4: 7-8
Revelation 4:11

University Library's Earth Day Display

Find out more at Earth Day blog post.