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Two-day conference, “Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education,” to be held at Vassar on November 13 - 14, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Bringing together faculty, staff, administrators, students, and collaborators from the Hudson Valley Region, the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities' 6th Annual Meeting will be held at Vassar College on November 13 and 14, 2009. The conference, “Teaching and Learning the Hudson Valley: Building Capacity for Place-Based Education,” is co-sponsored by Vassar College and Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, and supporting partner the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. For additional information and to register (fee required), see the website http://environmentalconsortium.org/. (The complete schedule is below.)

The keynote speakers on Friday include Peter G. Brown from McGill University and Congressman Maurice Hinchey from New York's 22nd Congressional District, with Saturday’s keynote address to be given by John Cronin, the director and chief executive officer of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

In several roundtable sessions on Friday, the topics that will be explored include: “Humanities Approaches to the Environment,” “Sustainability Across the Curriculum,” “Pre-College Education on the Environment,” “Collaborative Working with the Community,” “How do you teach the Hudson when you can’t get to it?,” “Environmental Studies and Digital Media,” “Local Watersheds,” and “Teaching In/On the River.” Several workshops will be offered on Saturday, including “When Learning Comes Naturally”; “Lang on the Hudson: Interdisciplinary Course and Boat Building”; and “Regional Opportunities for Students: Summer and Beyond.”

Both days will feature poster sessions by faculty and students as well as field trips and tours.

Registration Information

There is a fee to attend the conference, which will include breakfast, keynote sessions, breaks and lunch on both days and dinner on Friday. To qualify for the “member” rate, affiliation is required with an existing institutional or affiliate member of the Environmental Consortium.

The member registration (on or before October 30) is $100; $20 for student members for the entire event or $10 for Saturday. After October 30, member registration is $125; $25 for student members for the entire event or $15 for Saturday only. Non-member registration (on or before October 30) is $125; $30 for student non-members for the entire event or $15 for Saturday only. After October 30, non-member registration is $150; $35 for student non-members for the entire event or $20 for Saturday only.

For registration inquiries, please contact the Environmental Consortium at 914-422-4077 or envtlconsortium@pace.edu.

About the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities

The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities is an intercollegiate association established to more fully engage its 51 member institutions of higher education in the region’s environment and has over 300 individual members. The mission of the Consortium is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education, and research. The Consortium facilitates intensive cooperation among its regional colleges and universities, and organizes inter-institutional collaboration among faculty. By channeling this extraordinary bank of intellect, talent and activism into innovative education and public service, the Consortium advances knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River Valley and beyond.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar Campus are available online.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

 

Conference Schedule

Friday, November 13

8:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00am Welcome and Keynote
 Peter G. Brown
, Professor, Department of Geography, 
McGill University

10:15am Break

10:30am Concurrent Roundtable Session I

a. Humanities Approaches to the Environment 

Moderator: Paul Kane, Vassar College

Susan Fox Rogers, Bard College; 
Tom Lewis, Skidmore College

b. Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Moderator: Fredrica Rudell, Iona College

John Cusack, New Jersey Higher Education Partnership on Sustainability; 
Lucy Johnson, Vassar College; 
Meryl Nadel, Iona College; 
Chris Rounds, Empire State College (SUNY)

c. Pre-College Education on the Environment 

Moderators: Faith Kostel-Hughes and Diane Quandt, The College of New Rochelle
Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; 
Susan Handler Konvit, The Arts Alliance of the Lower Hudson Valley

12:00pm Networking Lunch

1:15pm Concurrent Roundtable Session II

a.Collaborative Working with the Community 

Moderator: Matthew Slaats, Vassar College
Beth Roessler, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; 
Patricia Zolnik, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
; Decora Lloyd Sandiford, Readnex Poetry Squad (invited)

b. How do you teach the Hudson when you can’t get to it? 

Moderator: Mary Ann Cunningham, Vassar College

Cornelia Harris, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; 
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College
; Alene Onion, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

c. Environmental Studies and Digital Media

Moderators: Alessandra Leri & Rebecca Mushtare, Marymount Manhattan College
Tessa Killian, Hudson River Valley Heritage
; Eileen McAdam, The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley; 
Roger Panetta, Fordham University; 
Rik Scarce, Skidmore College

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Concurrent Roundtable Session III

a. Pre-College Education on the Environment

Moderator: Rachel Grob, Sarah Lawrence College
Cheryl French and Susan Schwimmer, Sarah Lawrence College; 
Steve Stanne, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
; Andy Stewart, Keep Rockland Beautiful

b. Local Watersheds
Moderator: Thomas Lynch, Marist College
Stuart Belli, Vassar College
; Riobart Breen, Siena College; 
Michelle Rodden, formerly SUNY Ulster County Community College; 
Bob Spiegelman, Sullivan/Clinton Campaign; and Lucy Johnson, Vassar College

c. Teaching In/On the River 

Moderator: Dave Conover, Clearwater
Robert Buchanan, The New School; 
Timothy Kenna, Barnard College & Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University; 
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University

4:30pm Teaching-Based Posters - Cocktail Reception


Optional: Visit to Vassar College Museum of Natural History

6:00pm Dinner 


7:00pm Keynote -  Congressman Maurice Hinchey 
New York's 22nd Congressional District
Introduction by  John Cronin, Director and Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries    

Saturday, November 14

8:30am Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00am Welcome 
Lucy Johnson 
Professor of Anthropology 
Vassar College 



Keynote John Cronin, 
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

9:30am Workshops



When Learning Comes Naturally
 with Cheryl French, Rachel Grob, and Susan Schwimmer, Sarah Lawrence College



"Lang on the Hudson": Interdisciplinary Course and Boat Building with 
Rob Buchanan, Eugene Lang College, The New School



Regional Opportunities for Students: Summer and Beyond 
- details to be announced.

10:30am Student/Faculty Research, Posters, Multi-Media Presentations & Forum

12:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm Adjourn - Optional Field Trips



Interactive Poughkeepsie Waterfront Game (Matthew Slaats)
 at the Children's Museum (transportation provided)



Ecological Garden and Laboratory Tour (Meg Ronsheim) 
Vassar College Campus

Artist talk with Linda Cross about "The River," a solo exhibition in celebration of the Quadricentennial at the Palmer Gallery, Vassar College.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 27, 2009