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Ideas and education

PUTNEY Academic Speaker Series - NatGeo Explorer Dr. M Jackson: Jackson's talk will be based on her new book, "The Secret Lives of Glaciers" (Green Writers Press), which chronicles the cultural and societal impacts of glacier change in Iceland. During her year living in the southeastern coast of the country, she interviewed hundreds of Icelanders living in close proximity to ice, seeking to understand just what is at stake as it disappears. A geographer, adventurer, TED Fellow, National Geographic Society Explorer, Dr. Jackson earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in geography and glaciology where she examined how climate change transformed people and glacier communities in Iceland. A three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Turkey and Iceland, she serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador as well as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society. She is currently at work on In Tangible Ice, a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project partnering with explorers, filmmakers, and scientists that examines the socio-physical dimensions of glacier retreat in near-glacier communities within all eight circumpolar nations. 7 p.m. Landmark College, East Academic Bldg., OBrien Auditorium, 1 River Rd. So. Information: 802-387-6768; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Bandages and Beyond - College and Career Fair (for High School Students): Learn about many career paths, both medical and non-clinical, within the healthcare field. This program is open to students in grades 9-12 in VT, NH, and MA. Students will have the opportunity to visit with over 30 colleges from across the Northeast, speak with staff members from a variety of departments within the hospital. Staff will provide tours of the hospital for students to explore various services, including radiology equipment, a surgical robot, hyperbaric wound healing chambers, and more. Plus games, raffles, snacks. 5 - 7:30 p.m. in the Brew Barry Conference Center. Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Pre-registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome. 802-257-8238,,


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Digital Photography: Bill Steele, owner of Gorham Mountain Photography, will give tips on how to get the most from your camera. He'll also speak about the "Exposure Triangle." Bring your camera, manual, and questions. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Knit Night: Join an informal and relaxed group for knitting, crocheting, or other handwork this winter. Bring your own project or get help with something you've just started. Beginners are welcome. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


TOWNSHEND Viniyoga class: Build strength, balance and endurance. All levels welcome. Mats and blocks provided. 4:30 - 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the Heins Bldg. $5 per class. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-3649 or

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Climate Cafe: Facilitated Community Conversation - Learning to Live with Climate-Induced Societal Collapse: Though we are a people who are well beyond the "hard" denial of climate skeptics, and are doing whatever we can to mitigate the most extreme consequences of the growing catastrophe, there are many of us who are afflicted with "soft" denial, the unwillingness to accept the scale and urgency of the problem, and the imminent prospect of climate-induced societal collapse that it signals. It is not a question of ignorance for most of us. We know that the climate is passing critical tipping points. We know that scientists are stating that the climate crisis is proceeding more rapidly and with greater severity "much sooner than expected," "faster than thought," and "decades ahead of schedule." We know that official and individual responses, though well intended, are woefully inadequate to making the profound changes in our entire way of life that needs to be made, right now. We know that Big Oil has no intention of walking away from the bloated profits they anticipate realizing from continued drilling. We know about the climate-related calamities that are happening in the world today—the devastating weather events, droughts, food crisis, disappearing sources of water, wildfires, climate refugees, the vanishing species, and so on - and that tomorrow will be more catastrophic, no matter what we do today. In other words, we know what is happening. And yet, we go on with our lives as usual. There are perfectly good reasons why we remain in this state of the proverbial inactive frogs in the pot of increasingly boiling water. The problem we face is unprecedented, overwhelming, seemingly beyond our power to effect. It is understandable why we are stuck on dead center. What is to be done? Let's begin breaking the silence around the real possibility of social collapse. In order to get off dead center, we need to talk with one another about the most important thing that is happening in our lives. This is the essential first step we must take if we are to move on with our lives in a positive fashion. To share our fears and hopelessness, rage and sorrow, guilt and anguish with others who are compassionate and supportive because they, also, are coming out of their closets of "soft" denial. Then we can begin to explore with each other how we might live in these times in proactive ways, perhaps how we might bring friends and neighbors together to talk about our situation and what we can do in our communities to adapt to our new reality, engaging in emergency preparedness, being of service to others, reclaiming our interconnection to nature, engaging in heartfelt, activities of passion, living a values-inspired way of life - in short, doing all we can, right now, to living a way of life in the present moment that we find both worthwhile and rewarding, hopeful in the best sense of the word. 6 - 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-869-2141,



October 2019