McKibben headlines recent influx of prominent speakers at Mac

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.

Bill McKibben

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, 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.

Byron Hurt

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.