Monday, October 31, 2011

Hunting Events this Weekend!

November 4-5, 2011

Hunting: A Matter of Life and Death
November 4, 6:30 PM
Litrenta Lecture Hall
Dr. Marc Boglioli, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Drew University and author of the book A Matter of Life and Death: Hunting in Contemporary Vermont, will give a lecture on how contemporary hunters, women as well as men, understand their relationship to their prey. He shows how hunters' attitudes toward animals flow directly from the rural lifeways they have continued to maintain in the face of encroaching urban sensibilities. The result is a rare glimpse into a culture that experiences wild animals in a way that is at once violent, consumptive, and respectful, and that regards hunting as an enduring link to a vanishing past. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society. Please contact or 410-810-7162 for more information.

Wild Charcuterie: Making the Most of Your Quarry
November 5, 2:00 PM
Rose O'Neill Literary House Kitchen
Hunting, butchering, and cooking wild animals is an excellent way of connecting to your local environment and gaining access to high quality and nutritious food. However, many of us keep only a relatively small percentage of the animal and in the process discard some very healthy and delicious portions. This cooking demonstration will teach you how to transform these often discarded parts into great foods that can be stored and enjoyed throughout the year. There will be a $15 fee for the registration. $5 for WC faculty/staff, WC students may attend for free. Advanced registration is recommended as space is limited. Please contact or 410-810-7162 for more information or to register. Sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society.
Recipes to be demonstrated (all recipes are subject to change):

1. Venison sausage
2. Goose confit
3. Venison and goose liver pate
4. Braised deer heart
5. Venison roast braesola (cured and air/dried meat)

The fall program on hunting will be a precursor to the second annual Locavore Lit Fest, March 29-April 1 2012, which will focus on wild foods, from plants to animals to bacteria.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Downrigging Weekend Lectures

October 27, 2011
The Politics of Climate Change- with Dr. Ryan Lizza
5:00 PM
Prince Theater
On Thursday, October 27, veteran magazine writer Ryan Lizza, who covers the 2012 Presidential campaign and national politics as Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker, will share his insights into how and why Congress and the White House failed to reach agreement on breakthrough energy legislation designed to be both business- and consumer-friendly.
The free public lecture, “The Politics of Climate Change,” is based largely on a major feature article Lizza published in the October 2011 issue of The New Yorker. His talk will be held at 5 p.m. in The Prince Theatre of the Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD.

October 28, 2011
Longitude - with New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel
8:00 PM
The Prince Theatre, 210 High Street, Chestertown - FREE
The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time. How did one man in the 18th century change the way we envision the vastness and the boundaries of our physical world? What led one self-educated man to solve a problem that Newton and Galileo could not? And how can studying the scientific leaps of the past help us envision our future? In this elegant talk, Dava Sobel weaves a powerful historical narrative to show us how Henry Harrison’s invention of the chronometer changed the way we look at the world and how it continues to shape our concept of distance and place. Sobel is one of the most influential science writers of our time. A former New York Times science reporter, she is the author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter -- which spent five weeks as the #1 New York Times non-fiction best-seller -- and The Planets. Co-sponsored by Sultana Projects and the Center for Environment & Society. For more information contact or 410-778-7295.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Green Fire Screening

October 19, 2011
7:00 PM
Litrenta Lecture Hall
The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire, is coming to Washington College in October. The film traces how the author of A Sand County Almanac shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
In his seminal 1949 book, Leopold wrote: “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
The impact of his own gunshot from a rimrock in Arizona changed Aldo Leopold’s thinking, leading to the key insight that was the culmination of his life’s work: responsibility for the land.
Green Fire was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. The film provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Leopold's biographer, conservation biologist Dr. Curt Meine, serves as the film's on-screen guide.
Drawing on photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and other archival documents from the voluminous Aldo Leopold Archives as well as historical film and contemporary full-color footage on location, including landscapes that influenced Leopold, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.
The film also features commentary and insight from some of today’s most recognized and credible scholars and conservation leaders, including: three of Aldo Leopold’s children—Nina, Carl, and Estella, Leopold scholars, noted environmental writers, scientists, humanities experts, public policy leaders, business leaders,; and leaders of non-profit groups inspired by Leopold.
Join the Center for Environment & Society, the Friends of Eastern Neck, and Chester River Field Research Center at Chino Farms for a special screening of Green Fire on Wednesday, October 19th, at 7:00 PM in Litrenta Lecture Hall at Washington College. Contact or 410-778-7295 for more information. .