Penn State Brandywine’s faculty, staff and students will contribute their expertise to a discussion on climate change solutions taking place Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Student Union on the Middletown campus, 25 Yearsley Mill Road.
The event kicks off from 5 to 6 p.m. with an exhibition in the Student Union’s Lion’s Den featuring community partners engaged in solving climate change.
They include America’s First Fair Trade Town Committee (Media Fair Trade Committee), Chester Eastside, CRC Watersheds and Transition Town Media.
Check in and a welcome reception takes place 6-6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Lion’s Den.
Featured speaker presentations will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Union , Rooms 114-117.
Presentations will also be livestreamed in the campus dining hall during the event.
Featured speakers include:
- Mark Boudreau, associate teaching professor of biology
- Laura Guertin, professor of Earth sciences
- Lynn Hartle, professor of education
- Brisa Luzzi Castro, second-year student, global and international studies
- David Macauley, associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies
- Joshua Marquit, associate teaching professor of psychology
- Mary Frances McLaughlin, reference librarian, Vairo Library
- Margaret Signorella, distinguished professor of psychology and women’s, gender, & sexuality studies
- Julie Stanton, professor of business
- Vippy Yee, Rosenberg director, Center for Ethics & Civic Engagement
The TEDxPSUBrandywine event is a collaboration between Penn State Brandywine’s Civic & Community Engagement Club and TEDx Countdown—a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.
“With the increasing importance of the climate emergency, it’s essential that we unite and learn about these important issues together,” said Brisa Luzzi Castro, co- president of the Civic & Community Engagement Club.
Luzzi Castro is a second-year Brandywine student studying global and international studies.
“It is really exciting to see how passionate and committed our community is to making a difference in the world and working together to help the earth in any ways they can.”
Students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend along with the public. Seating is limited.
Masks are required indoors on the Penn State Brandywine campus for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
The first 20 non-Penn State registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.”
The complimentary copies come from funding received by Brandywine’s Sustainovation Team from the Pepsi Challenge Mini-Grants in support of the Sustainable Communities Collaborative at Penn State.
Also supporting the TEDxPSUBrandywine event is the Brandywine Center for Ethics & Civic Engagement, the Chancellor’s Commission on Sustainability and the Sustainovation Team.
Vippy Yee, the Rosenberg director of the Center for Ethics & Civic Engagement, feels that TEDxPSUBrandywine exemplifies Penn State Brandywine’s multi-disciplinary and campus-wide commitment to addressing sustainability.
“This student-led initiative is an inspiring example of Brandywine students making a difference by organizing such a meaningful event and fostering collaboration between our campus and surrounding community.
“At Penn State Brandywine’s Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement, our mission is to help students become socially responsible leaders who are equipped to make positive changes in the world,” she said.
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