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Common Experience Project on Sustainability launches film and speaker series Sept. 18

The Ohio University Common Experience Project on Sustainability launches its film series at the downtown Athena Cinema at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Admission is free. Panels will prompt discussion following the film.

The goal of the multi-year project is to create a common learning experience for students through integrated curricular and co-curricular activities, with the goal that participating students should acquire a deep understanding of the principle concepts and issues related to sustainability and ecological literacy.  

In efforts to enhance sustainability literacy across campus, the Common Experience Project Curriculum Committee has developed a three-tiered framework for addressing sustainability literacy called the Common Experience Project Sustainability Literacy Pathway.

The three tiers are defining sustainability, applying sustainability, and living sustainability.

  1. These pathways invite faculty and students to first develop a general understanding of sustainability (defining sustainability) that can be augmented and strengthened as the student progresses at Ohio University through the Sustainability Literacy Pathway.

  2. After students develop a basic understanding of sustainability, they will learn how to think critically about sustainability issues and apply their academic training to sustainability themed issues (applying sustainability).

  3. In addition to academically rigorous encounters with sustainability, students will also have an opportunity to participate in hands on sustainability themed activities that will include campus, community and the region throughout their time at Ohio University (living sustainability). These experiences will enable students to learn about the opportunities to contribute to a more sustainable future.  

Here is the movie schedule:

Sept. 18 Film: Nothing Like Chocolate (68 minutes) Panel and audience discussion to follow
Nothing Like Chocolate explores the possibilities of sustainable business and resilience, telling the powerful story of Mott Green and the company he founded, the Grenada Chocolate Company, a farmers' and workers' cooperative.

Oct. 2 Film: We Are Not Ghosts (52 minutes) Panel and audience discussion to follow
Using Detroit as a case study, this film presents a compelling vision for the transformation of contemporary American Society: building new forms of community and cooperation from below in ways that demonstrate that "another world is possible."

Oct. 16 Film: Bidder 70 (72 minutes) Panel and audience discussion to follow
In following Tim DeChristopher's development from a student to a dedicated leader of the climate movement, this documentary not only discusses the importance of addressing climate change, but the questioning of policy impacts to the environment. This is a powerful film that will inspire students to evaluate their commitment to the world and the movement to work toward global justice.

October 30 Film: Chasing Ice (72 minutes) Panel and audience discussion to follow
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog heads to the Arctic in order to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Within months of the first trip to Iceland, Balog initiates The Extreme Ice Survey-an expedition to collect data on the seasonal changes of glaciers. Balog and his team deploy cameras that utilize time-lapse photography across various places in the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's glaciers.

October 7 at 7 p.m., Speaker: Janisse Ray, author and naturalist, Walter Hall 235
Question and answer discussion following the presentation.
Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. Her most recent book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food is a look at what's happening to seeds, which is to say the future of food. The book has won the American Society of Journalists & Authors' Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference and an American Horticultural Society Book Award.

For more information about the project, email coordinator Loraine McCosker at mccosker@ohio.edu.