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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis [Series]

Event Details

September 12—October 31, 2016, Mondays 3:00 pm-3:45 pm
September 21, 2016 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
September 29, 2016 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
October 20, 2016 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
November 4, 2016 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Room: 1638 & 2601

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Madeleine Charney

The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

The multi-event series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

Brian Lickel of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and a member of the planning team says, “The second year of Talking Truth activity is fueled by a growing awareness of the global urgency to address the complex issues of climate change and the importance of this issue for our campus community."

Mondays, 9/12-10/31, 3:00-3:45 p.m. “Holding Earth: Mindful Climate Action”
Weekly 30-minute mindfulness practice followed by sharing of resources, action-based opportunities and ideas. People can drop in for all or part of any session. Floor 16, room 1638.

Wednesday, 9/21, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Discussion group for students, faculty, and staff.
Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. The session includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Floor 26, room 2601.

Thursday, 9/29, 7:00 p.m. Book discussion with author Wen Stephenson
What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice.
Author and activist Wen Stephenson looks up-close look at individuals who are laying everything on the line to build and inspire the climate justice movement. The first 40 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Stephenson’s book. Floor 26, room 2601.

Thursday, 10/20, 7:00 p.m. Documentary film screening and discussion:
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. Directed by Josh Fox, producer of Gas Lands.  “Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants.” Ronald Simmons, IMDB. Floor 26, room 2601.  

Friday, 11/4, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Experiential workshop.
Mindfulness exercises, storytelling, and reflective writing.  Floor 26, room 2601.

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All events are free and open to the public.

Co-sponsors: UMass Amherst Libraries, Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and Department of Environmental Conservation. Endorsed by: Biostead Initiative, Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, Eco-Rep Program, Office of Religious and Psychological Health, and UMass Climateers.