Maine Humanities Council offers In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us | Environment

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Maine Humanities Council offers In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us

WELLS, Maine – In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us, a one-day conference presented by the Maine Humanities Council, will take place on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells.

Rachel Carson, a biologist and naturalist, initially gained fame as the author of The Sea Around Us, a paean to the rhythms of the ocean and the life within it that captured the popular imagination in 1951. When a friend described the death of birds on her property after it was sprayed with pesticides, however, Carson spent years researching and writing her eloquent and decidedly confrontational work Silent Spring. First published in 1962, it remains a lightning rod for conversation about the effects of human interference in natural ecosystems and made Carson a spokesperson for the fledgling environmental movement.

In this one-day program, we will explore Carson's life, her career as a writer and scientist, and her influence on the modern environmental movement. Small group discussions on Silent Spring will round out the day.

Primary presenters will include David Hecht, Assistant Professor of History at Bowdoin College; Thomas Edwards, Provost and Professor of English and American Culture at Thomas College; and Christine Feurt, Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, University of New England and Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Wells Reserve.  The day will also include break-out sessions to enable deeper conversation about Silent Spring.

“This is very timely and important, especially in Maine,” noted Martina Duncan, Assistant Director of the Maine Humanities Council.  “Programs such as these give us a deeper understanding of ourselves, and our communities.”

The Maine Humanities Council offers several public programs throughout the year.  To register for this, or any of the other programs the Maine Humanities Council offers, please visit or call 207.773.5051.

About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world.  The Council works with adult literacy providers, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study

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