The UMass Amherst Libraries will host a spring series of interactive climate change events organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community of students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change.
The series runs from Jan. 30-April 19. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please arrive early.
Sustainability Slammer: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Stop by the Talking Truth booth at this information fair for campus sustainability groups.
Interactive, Creative Responses to Climate Change: Wednesdays, Jan. 31-March 7, 2:30-4 p.m., 406A Goodell
Reflective writing, art-making, and sharing. A collaboration with Paperbark Literary Magazine. Event begins at 3 p.m.; arrive at 2:30 p.m. for quiet contemplation and check-in.
Deeper Dive Workshops: Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., 2601 W. E. B. Du Bois Library
- March 22: Climate Leadership: Starting with Your Story Why do you care about climate change? Learn how to discover and communicate your unique story in a compelling way for different audiences. Facilitated by Lauren de la Parra, Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainee (Pittsburgh 2017) and UMass Amherst graduate student in sustainability science.
- April 5: Finding Your Life Purpose: Career Workshop Reflective writing, group discussion and practical steps to support career exploration. Led by contemplative career coach and mindfulness teacher Jennifer Earls, M.Ed., Dance with Life Consulting.
- April 19: The Work That Reconnects: Practices Connected to Earth and Community Engage your love for the Earth with a variety of practices. WTR builds community and connectivity, reminding us of our core mission. Starting in the 1970s, these practices have spread around the world, shifting how people perceive and address climate change–helping us move from our intellect to our hearts. Facilitated by Bela Schultz, trained facilitator and UMass BDIC student with a concentration in environmental psychology.
Green Building Tour: Thursday, April 5. 4-5:30 p.m., Meet at Crotty Hall
Get the inside stories of Crotty Hall, the new Design Building; renovated Old Chapel; South College addition; Integrative Learning Center; and others. Led by Ludmilla Pavlova, senior campus planner.
Talking Truth is co-sponsored by the department of environmental conservation, Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Paperbark Literary Magazine, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and UMass Amherst Libraries.