AUNE Faculty to Speak in Keene and in Amherst, Massachusetts

Land-use changes on water quality and connecting schooling to local resources are the topics of discussion in two upcoming presentations by Antioch University New England (AUNE) faculty members. The April events are free and open to the public.

April 6. “Keene’s Dynamic Watershed,” a watershed science discussion featuring Michael Simpson, wetlands scientist and chair of AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies, and Jim Jordan, geomorphologist and environmental studies core faculty member, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene, New Hampshire.

Simpson will discuss the impacts of land-use changes on water quality, which can affect the ecology, health and aesthetics of surface waters. Jordan will talk about the general geological history and character of the Ashuelot River watershed, especially how glaciers helped shape the Keene basin and influenced its contemporary hydrology and water resources.

The event is sponsored by the Keene Conservation Commission.

April 5. David Sobel, core faculty in AUNE’s Department of Education, will speak on “Making Education More Like a Farmer’s Market,” Tuesday, April 5, at the Common School in Amherst, Massachusetts.

“The landscape of schooling has begun to look like the sprawl of America,” according to Sobel. His premise is that schools have become too homogenous and removed from their communities, and the vibrant variety of local resources should be an important part of educating children.

Sobel’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. at The Common School, 421 South Main Street, Amherst, Massachusetts. While free and open to the public, preregistration is encouraged at mainoffice@commonschool.org.