Posted by Sean Flynt on 2015-04-14

Samford University’s Geography Department, Office of Environmental Stewardship & Campus Enhancement, and various campus organizations will offer a week of public events focused on environmental themes from academic, social and spiritual perspectives April 20-24. The events are part of the university’s annual Earth Day celebrations.


Film: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
April 20, 3:30 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall
The Geography Department sponsors the documentary about 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. [convo credit]

Film: Behind the Label, India's Genetically Modified Cotton
April 20, 5:30 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall
The Critical Languages Program sponsors this journey through India in search of the hidden world that lies between the folds of cotton – the most used textile fiber in the world.

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

Public meeting of Birmingham Astronomical Society
April 21, 7 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium

Alabama Spring Skies Show (telescope viewing immediately following).
April 21, 8 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium

Film: Nénette
April 22, 5 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall
The French Club sponsors this touching film about the life of a captive orangutan.

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

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

Film: The Host
April 23, 7 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium
The Film Club and Geography Department sponsor this viewing of Bong Joon Ho’s science-fiction horror tale of an environmental incident and a monstrous creature conceived in the waters of Seoul’s Han River.

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