An array of prominent people have spoken to Macalester recently. These speakers spoke after press time. Look for more detailed coverage of their events in next week’s edition.
A noted environmental activist and journalist, McKibben spoke in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel on Thursday as part of a series called “Celebrating and Preserving Winter: Responding to Climate Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin” that included a lecture at University of St. Thomas on Wednesday. He is the founder of 350.org, an international organization that aims to mobilize a grassroots global movement against climate change. McKibben’s visit to Macalester was sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department and Sustainability Office, among various other organizations.
Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson
The American Studies Conference featured Williams-Forson as the keynote speaker in the Kagin Ballroom Thursday evening. The address, “Eating in the Meantime: Expanding the Concept of Alternatives in A Changing Food World,” focuses on sustainable eating for the global community, which was the theme of this school year’s International Roundtable. Williams-Forson is Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland.
There will be a film screening of “Soul Food Junkies” Friday at 6:30 p.m. in John B. David Lecture Hall. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Byron Hurt. “Soul Food Junkies” is about the culinary tradition of soul food and what role it plays in the black cultural identity. The event is a part of the American Studies Conference that focuses on sustainable food choices. It is also co-sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.