2008 Spring Speaker Series

Events are free. Seating is limited.

South African Children and the AIDS Pandemic:
What We Should Know and What We Can Do
Susan Hawes, PhD, professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England
Monday, March 31, 7 pm

Nearly 20 percent of South Africa’s people are infected with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Hawes will introduce the scope of the AIDS pandemic, which is in effect a “tsunami of disease ravaging children young adults across Sub-Saharan Africa.” She will discuss efforts made by both South Africans and concerned members of the international community to combat the pandemic, and will conclude with suggestions for how each of us may find ways to help this crisis. Dr. Hawes will exhibit powerful photos from her volunteer work in South Africa, which reflect the beauty, pride, and resilience of mothers and grandmothers caring for their HIV-positive children.

The Psychology of Caring for the Planet
Carol Saunders, PhD, core faculty, Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch New England
Thursday, April 10, 7 pm

Dr. Carol Saunders’s talk will focus on the connections individuals have with nature, how we communicate our relationships to nature, and what inspires us to conservation action. Dr. Saunders was the director of communications research and conservation psychology at Chicago’s Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo. She received her PhD in behavioral biology from Cornell University.

All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis
Martha Straus, PhD, professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England
Monday, April 14, 7 pm

Dr. Martha Straus will address many of the issues covered in her recent book, Adolescent Girls in Crisis, Intervention and Hope. Many adolescent girls today are in a crisis of rage and despair. How can therapists become more effective with this volatile population? We will explore ten vital principles underlying effective practice with adolescent girls. Learn about practical strategies that work, including harm reduction, inviting resistance, and developing a protective circle of adults. Find out what it takes to stay connected to these struggling girls as you help them become competent, inter-dependent young women.

The Mountaintop Removal Road Show
Dave Cooper, retired engineer, volunteer advocate from Lexington, Kentucky
Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm

Mountaintop removal coal mining has adverse effects on the people, culture, and ecosystems in Appalachia. The damage that is being done to rural Appalachian communities in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky by this form of mining can probably never be repaired, and the practice is now gaining a real foothold in Tennessee. Mr. Cooper will present a slideshow that explains the mountaintop removal issue. You may visit www.mountainroadshow.com for more information.

Reverential Ecology: A Journey Toward Wholeness
Chris Uhl, PhD, professor of biology, Penn State University
Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm

Dr. Uhl is an internationally known ecologist from Penn State University. Through ecological research in Brasil, he became an activist for the protection of Amazonian rain forests, creating a nonprofit to further his efforts. Now back at Penn State, Dr. Uhl became the leader for the campus’s efforts to green its operations. His forthcoming book, Teaching as if Life Matters, addresses his recent work.