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DATE: October 7, 2013 12:32:25 PM PDT
Western Washington University’s Western Reads Program to Host Panels on Environmental Science Ethics and Social Justice This Fall

Contact: Director of Western Washington University’s Western Reads Program, Dawn Dietrich at Western.Reads@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Professionals from diverse fields will combine their expertise to lead discussions about environmental science ethics and social justice issues as part of Western Washington University’s Fall 2013 Western Reads Program.

The panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Environmental Science and Ethics: 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 in Academic Instructional Center West 204, and 7-8:30 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Panelists will discuss the scientific and ethical issues raised in the book, “Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North,” by Nancy Lord, this year’s Western Reads selection.


Social Justice: 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 in Academic Instructional Center West 204, and 7-8:30 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Panelists will discuss ethical and moral issues as humans face and react to the impact of climate change on communities, future generations and the Earth itself.


Documentary: “Chasing Ice,” 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Pickford Cinema

“Chasing Ice” is the story of environmental photographer James Balog, who traveled to the Arctic to capture images of the Earth’s changing climate for “National Geographic.” Moved by what he saw, Balog began The Extreme Ice Survey, deploying time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to compile a multi-year record of rapidly disappearing glaciers.

Exhibit: “Vanishing Ice,” Nov. 2 to Mar. 2 at the Whatcom Museum

The battle between the planet’s frozen frontiers and the changing climate that threatens it is manifested in the exhibit “Vanishing Ice” and its 90 works of art. The exhibit traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs and fields of ice in the artists’ imaginations, and the connections between generations of artists over two centuries. Interweaving science, history and art, this exhibition encourages audiences to value alpine and polar environments for the preservation of biological and cultural diversity.

Panel discussions, documentaries and exhibits are open to the public. Western Reads is a campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement, community and conversation among new students. Western Reads serves Western’s mission of promoting “Engaged Excellence” by bringing together teaching, scholarship and community service in a liberal arts, student-centered context.

For more information on the Western Reads program, contact Dawn Dietrich, director of Western Reads and Western Washington University professor of English, at Western.Reads@wwu.edu or visit the Western Reads site at http://www.wwu.edu/westernreads/events/fall.shtml#panel1.

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