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Common Experience Project on Sustainability is ready for another year

The Common Experience Project on Sustainability is beginning another year of outreach and engagement. The project goal is to create a common learning experience for students by emphasizing a deep understanding of the principle concepts related to sustainability and ecological literacy.

The project has focused on co-curricular activities since academic year 2013, expanding collaborations with faculty, students and community entities.  

During academic year 2014-15 the project provided educational opportunities through film and presentations to expand an understanding of sustainability through a variety of mediums and opportunities. Academic year 2015-16 plans to expand the project’s outreach.

Upcoming films are shown at the Athena Cinema uptown with free admission. Audiences are offered recently released engaging environmental films exploring problems and solutions.

Topics are diverse and related to food systems, energy, biodiversity, climate change, environmental science and environmental problem solving. Emphasis is placed on showing a global perspective representing diverse cultural and economic perspectives.  

Each film is followed with a panel discussion to encourage engagement of the audience with a representative of faculty, student and community and will feature three filmmakers this year.

Laura Kissel, professor in film at the University of South Carolina will speak on her film "Cotton Road" on Oct. 7. Sean Peoples, filmmaker at the Woodrow Wilson Center, will discuss his film "Broken Landscape," exploring coal mining economies and impacts in India on Oct. 21. This will be shown with an Appalashop Film titled, "Sludge," and discussed with Jack Wright, Appalshop director and writer.  

Partners with the Common Experience Project on Sustainability include Environmental Studies, Voinovich School, Athena Cinema, Alden Library, Arts and Sciences Sustainability and Food Themes and the Office of Sustainability.

Film series includes:

•   Just Eat It!  (75 mins)  http://www.foodwastemovie.com/
Sept. 9, Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
•   Open Sesame (82 mins)  http://www.opensesamemovie.com/
Sept. 23, Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
•   Oct. 7, Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cotton Road (72 mins)  http://www.cottonroadmovie.com/  With filmmaker Laura Kissel  
•   Oct. 21, Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Broken Landscape (18 min version- newly released in India)
Sludge (40 min) -With filmmakers Sean Peoples and Jack Wright-
•   Nov. 4 Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Black Ice (52 mins)  http://www.blackicemovie.net/
•   Nov. 18 Wednesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.  
Wrenched (93 mins) http://wrenched-themovie.com/

Collaborative event – Monday, Sept. 14 Gary Paul Nabhan- Ohio University Baker Theatre, 5:30 pm. Academic, research on link between the biodiversity and cultural diversity offood, pollinators, MacArthur Fellow.

For further information, contact Loraine McCosker, mccosker@ohio.edu