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Green Mountain hosting conversations series Green Mountain College will be presenting a series of informal conversations with Green Mountain College professors on topics of local and national interest. All programs are free and open to the public and are held at The Station in Poultney or Sissy’s in Middletown Springs. The first will be Wednesday, July 6, and will feature professor of economics Paul Hancock with “Showing: A Tiny Theater Dreams Big,” which will focus on Poultney’s Tiny Theatre, which has more than 200 members. Those attended will be able to learn about how a dedicated group of organizers from Poultney and Green Mountain College are establishing a lively and versatile cultural resource in downtown Poultney. The event is 9 to 10 a.m. at The Station. On July 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Station, Sue Sutheimer will discuss “Green Science.” Sutheimer who has special interest in green chemistry, will discuss how she and her students have developed ways to reuse ash by-products from the burning of woodchips at Green Mountain’s biomass plant. The following week, on Tuesday, July 19, Philip Ackerman-Leist, director of the farm and Food Project at GMS and author of “Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader” will

explain his contemporary take on the art and science of homesteading movement inspired by Scott and Helen Nearing’s in the 1950s and 60s. The lecture will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in The Station. From 9 to 10 a.m. on July 20 at The Station, Eleanor Tison, assistant professor of anthropology and sustainable agriculture at Green Mountain, will talk about the new Stone Valley Co-op and the potential it has to build a strong local food movement. A skilled and imaginative designer, Lucas Brown specializes in making sensible use of local and recycled building materials. On July 27, he will discuss his approach to making furniture that results in products that are beautiful, functional, and cheap. “Eco-Friendly Furniture will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Station. Three days later, James Harding will discuss how the trend of smaller acreage forest sales and a shift from industry owned lands to other owner types-typically financial investors- affects the environment and landowners in the northeast in a lecture entitled “Land Ownership in the Northern Forest. This discussion will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on July 30 at Sissy’s. Is it possible to pursue business success and make the world a better place? Karen Martinsen Fleming,

director of the Sustainable MBA Program at Green Mountain College, will provide practical advice on how to make your business greenerand more profitable. “Why Doing Good Means Doing Well,” will be held on from 9 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 at The Station. “The Electric Drive Revolution,” by Steve Letendre will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Sissy’s. An expert on green energy technologies, Letendre will discuss the value that plug-in cars can bring as energy storage systems. Professor Kevin Bubriski came to Nepal at the age of 20 as a Peace Corps volunteer and stayed for five years, working in remote regions of the country. The experience left an indelible impression. An internationally known photographer, Bubriski will present photos from his latest book “Maobadi” and includes photos taken in the summer of 2010. “A Lens on Nepal” will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 10 at The Station. “Culture Change in Contemporary China” is the subject of Mark Dailey’s discussion on Aug. 17. Dailey, who taught in China, will discuss the cultural changes in China and what it means for the rest of the world. This program, which wraps up the lecture series, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 at The Station.

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